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Legacy Photo: Adding Our History To Memories Forever

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#HISTORY – The point she makes is accurate.  I’m talking about my sister when she says, “we can’t let Grandpa just forget about the box of photographs in the corner box of his house.”

And of course, she’s right.  Digital cameras have been around for almost two decades now but prior to that, our generations’ have had access to plenty of non-digitized photography in their family archives.

So what happens to all that stuff that pre-dates our digital camera usage?  Are we as a collective family (or families) going to just let it disappear, never to be seen again, or are we going to generate real interesting works of creative endeavour meant to celebrate our legacies as people who have had a historical role in shaping communities?

So, some of us are getting together to begin archiving family photography in a way not typically achieved by most families who have relied solely on the digital era of cameras to dominate our documented history.  There are a few projects in the works, nothing that can really be talked about here for the moment, but if you understand the Ukrainian language, this photo below has a few clues in it.

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There is information and plenty of history stored away in old family photos, and going to the grave without establishing some sort of trust in the value of that history for future generations is not something I want to be pursuing.

Can we really extract value and a benefits for the next generations from a dusty old pile of photos in the corner of Grandpa’s office?  Sure, we can.  After all, there are memories there.

We’ll take those memories and make them live forever.

Plenty more to come here, stay tuned… we have ideas brewing.

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Legacy Photo: Joy Of Ukrainian Christmas Using Google: Радість українського Різдва

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#TECHNOLOGY – For those who are unaware, we are in the midst of Ukrainian Christmas celebrations.  Here is a letter I wrote to my father in Ukrainian.  I used the tools of Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and WordPress to translate.

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Dear Father and Family,

I am writing to you to express my joy at the prospect of learning a new language and the gifts you have given me.  I appreciate your hard work and effort with the less fortunate.

It is Christmas and it is time to think about our Ukrainian family.  I have been learning the language and culture recently as a result of the information we talked about using the Ukrainian National Federation as a base and photos from our family archives to celebrate the spirit of our family.

According to the organization that your father and mother believed in, it is my duty and responsibility to embrace and continue the language and culture of our heritage.

This is the first letter I will write to you in the Ukrainian language using the tools of #Google, #Twitter, #Wikipedia and #WordPress.  I hope to share these with you over the coming years.

I wish you all the best in your business matters and hope that you can continue to bring happiness to all in your life.

We will celebrate the spirit with a Holy Supper.

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Дорогий батько і сім’я,

Я пишу вам, щоб висловити свою радість у зв’язку з перспективою вивчення нової мови і подарунків ви дали мені. Я ціную вашу працю і зусилля з менш щасливими.

Це Різдво, і цей час, щоб подумати про нашу української родини. Я вивчаю мову і культуру останнім часом в результаті інформації, ми говорили про використання Національну федерацію України в якості бази і фотографій від наших сімейних архівів, щоб відсвяткувати дух нашої сім’ї.

За даними організації, що ваш батько і мати вірила в це мій борг і обов’язок прийняти і продовжити мову і культуру нашої спадщини.

Це перша буква Я напишу вам українською мовою з використанням інструментів #Google, #Twitter, #Wikipedia і #WordPress. Я сподіваюся, що поділитися цим з вами в найближчі роки.

Я бажаю вам всього найкращого у ваших ділових питань, і сподіваємося, що ви можете продовжувати, щоб принести щастя всім у вашому житті.

Ми святкуватимемо дух з Тайної Вечері.

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Dorohyy batʹko i sim’ya,

YA pyshu vam, shchob vyslovyty svoyu radistʹ u zv’yazku z perspektyvoyu vyvchennya novoyi movy i podarunkiv vy daly meni. YA tsinuyu vashu pratsyu i zusyllya z mensh shchaslyvymy.

Tse Rizdvo, i tsey chas, shchob podumaty pro nashu ukrayinsʹkoyi rodyny. YA vyvchayu movu i kulʹturu ostannim chasom v rezulʹtati informatsiyi, my hovoryly pro vykorystannya Natsionalʹnu federatsiyu Ukrayiny v yakosti bazy i fotohrafiy vid nashykh simeynykh arkhiviv, shchob vidsvyatkuvaty dukh nashoyi sim’yi.

Za danymy orhanizatsiyi, shcho vash batʹko i maty viryla v tse miy borh i obov’yazok pryynyaty i prodovzhyty movu i kulʹturu nashoyi spadshchyny.

Tse persha bukva YA napyshu vam ukrayinsʹkoyu movoyu z vykorystannyam instrumentiv #Google, #Twitter, #Wikipedia i #WordPress. YA spodivayusya, shcho podilytysya tsym z vamy v nayblyzhchi roky.

YA bazhayu vam vsʹoho naykrashchoho u vashykh dilovykh pytanʹ, i spodivayemosya, shcho vy mozhete prodovzhuvaty, shchob prynesty shchastya vsim u vashomu zhytti.

My svyatkuvatymemo dukh z Taynoyi Vecheri.

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Legacy Photo: Grandmother Celebrates Ukrainian Poet’s Life, Now A Digital Adventure

100x250scrapbooking#TECHNOLOGY – It began with a few questions asked of my father.  Who is in this picture, why was it taken and where did it come from?  What resulted was a new adventure in digital scrapbooking.

The woman pictured middle row, fifth from left is my Grandmother Anna.  The lad in the hat at front is my Uncle Ron.  They are gathered at the local hall in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, in the 1940s, to celebrate the life and times of Ukrainian writer and artist Taras Shevchenko.

My introduction to ‘old country’ nationalist poetry has indeed been a unique journey of discovery.  Upon discovering this photo, and the accompaning photo credit to Picco Studio: Rouyn, Quebec, I began my adventure for the first time in Ukrainian history.  Fascinating as it is, I am also interested in creating more history by adding to the encyclopedic documentation of my ancestry.

I searched relevant pages on Wikipedia including the Shevchenko entry and the entry for ‘Ukrainian literature‘ and added the above photograph of my ancestors to the pages in relevant sections.

It is no easy process to become an auto-confirmed or confirmed user on Wikipedia, granting certain editing rights that allow you to bypass the sharktank-like nature of beginner editing and article administration on Wikipedia.  Politics aside, I have successfully created and edited several large articles and am proud of my work there.

But now for a little bit more of history.  I’ve decided that the Picco Studio photo credit in the above photograph should be also enshrined through the online encyclopedia.

After toying around with Google and Google Translate for awhile, I found this page on the owners of Picco Studio.  I need some help in translating this page found here and badly translated into English here.

Apparently the photographer had a relationship to Marcel Barbeau, a relatively well known artist and recipient of the Order of Canada.  This fascinates me.

More records of Picco Studio, of Rouyn-Noranda, can be found as part of the Eddy Mathon Fund, a volume of more than 100,000 photographic works acquired by the National Archives of Quebec. 

According to this slightly botched translation: “The fund consists almost exclusively of original negatives from four studios of professional photographers Rouyn-Noranda: Star Studio Enrg, Gérard Enrg Photo, Fast Photo Enrg… Picco and Studio. These are portraits of individuals and families, as well as photographs of weddings and major buildings of Rouyn-Noranda. The fund also includes photographs of social, cultural and sports that took place in Rouyn-Noranda.

I will continue this journey into historical genealogical research by making additional #Wiki entries about these archives and listing them on the encyclopedia.

There are a great many historical photos that could be included on Wikipedia, and most remain hidden and locked away in libraries and archives.

Is there not a more suitable method to digitize these memories?

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Tags:  #Ancestry, #Assets, #DigitalEstatePlanning, #EstatePlanning, #Estates, #Family, #Heart, #Heirloom, #History, #Impression, #Instagram, #Legacy, #Life, #Love, #Memorial, #Memory, #Photography, #SocialMedia

 

Are Seniors Stuck On Android With Difficult WiFi Search And Connect?

socialmedia1 #ANDROID – Mom, this article is for you.  Since I love you so much, and appreciate everything you do, I thought we could later go out for lunch at Starbucks and I could help you access WiFi there.

Do you see me in the photo above helping Dad’s father with a Polaroid camera? Times have changed.  But we still have fun!

Just to let other people who aren’t my mother know…I bought her a Samsung Tab A for Christmas to go with her new social media account on Google.  Err, rather, she only had Gmail so I got the tablet on the hope she would appreciate the opportunity to integrate everything with a Google Account and use the social media features of a fully integrated Android tablet.

I have a few regrets.  First, I went with the Samsung Tab A, which has a lower quality mega-pixel rating than the more expensive models.  With arthritis she may not be able to hold the camera steady enough to take a good quality of picture as some of the higher end tablets with better cameras might be able to afford.  If I purchased a better tablet, the pictures would come out better.  Sorry mum.  That said, she has taken some good photos of the family.

The miracle here is Google Photos and Google Drive which I have integrated with her Google Account.  It lets me download and share art and photographs of the history of the family from my other accounts to her tablet.  I loaded her storage space with dozens of photos and Mom, I promise after you read this article this morning I will help you send that photo you wanted me to send from the historic archive of our family.

My other regret is that I bought myself a Galaxy 3 Lite and didn’t spring for myself for an enhanced model.  I am an Android loyalist recently but that is only because it took me awhile to get here.  Previous incarnations of Android tablets I have been anchoring have had terrible quality glass on the screen so I was left with poor response from my touch.  For my mother, she is able to successfully navigate with a digital stylus pen which makes the operating system easier to manage.

I also installed the Big Launcher on her device, which I would rate as the single most important app I have ever used.  Basically it transforms the tablet from a complicated collection of apps to a customized senior and vision-impaired friendly operating system.

By the way Mom, an ‘App’ stands for ‘application’ and refers to the individual programs that you can use to perform various tasks.  For instance, your library account uses an app.

So Mom, today we will find out how difficult it is and how user-unfriendly it is to find and access WiFi signals at your favorite hotspot. Before that though, I will help you send that photo.

Love,

Your son…

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Using Flickr and FlickrFolio To Design Your First Digital Estate Memorial

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It takes heart and a little bit of courage to embrace social media and digital technology for the first time. If you’re new to digital asset management and want to make an impression quickly, try downloading Flickr for your smartphone or tablet.

It’s an easy go-to solution before launching into the world of digital signage displays which are often costly to implement for those on a budget or solely for those looking to produce a digital estate memorial that lasts beyond the general bereavement time period for a wake or funeral.

Download the apps and set up your account for the time being to display your estate photography ‘privately’.  Alternatively, you can add other beneficiaries of the estate to your photostream to help edit descriptions, tags and titles.

Sometimes with more than one beneficiary editing estate photography, disputes will arise with respect to who wants what images included and who wants some deleted.  That’s why it’s crucial to begin this process before the decedent has passed. In some cases, mediation will be necessary.

Besides, shouldn’t we all decide which images we want to include in our afterlife historical perspectives?  There are just some photographs we don’t want included in our estate plan and ultimately we are in charge until an estate manager decides otherwise.

Flickr is a fast and free solution to building your first digital estate tribute to yourself or a loved one.  With a terabyte of free storage in the cloud, you’ll be sure to have enough room to tinker around with all your best estate photography efforts and memories.

But how are you going to display this when celebrating your life?  Output to a standard HD television display is not standard in all funeral homes for use during visitation.  If not available, you may have to provide one for yourself.  Remember, this is a lifetime of memories you are encapsulating and you need to be sure that the solution you provide best harnesses the future impact of your memories.

The FlickrFolio app is a slide-show with transitional effects that when combined with an Android set-top box, can provide background music from an individuals’ favourite music according to their Google Play account settings or other streaming music provider.

This is only a brief introduction to the world of creating your first permanent digital estate memorial.  These solutions aren’t perfect, but they provide a starting-off point for your first afterlife production.

Plan on!

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Planning Your First Digital Memorial Scrapbook

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Funerals are a trying time for all, yet the right digital memorial scrapbook can lighten the mood and pay tribute to the life and times of the passed.

Building an inexpensive novice digital memorial can be easy and fun. The MyGica ATV 1800e Quad Core CPU, Octa Core GPU Ultra Smart Streaming Media Player Plus with 4K Ultra HD Playback Support, Powered by AndroidTM 4.4.2 with XBMC/KODI is one of several off-the-shelf Android set-top devices that can power a digital memorial venture. The operating system is not custom-made for scrapbooking by any means, but it’s built on Android, and that means you can download the easy to use player App from DigitalSignage.com – where you’ll be producing the animations and screens that run your memorial display in no time.  Plus you can order it right away from Amazon.ca and get started on your project immediately.

Anyone with a sprinkle of creativity and the courage to both succeed and fail will find it quite an adventure to develop a personal digital memorial scrapbook for broadcast to others. Built using the tools of Adobe Air, you’ll be up and running in no time after a few easy-to-watch video tutorials at DigitalSignage.com.

Although not perfect, some of the outcomes with DigitalSignage.com have a learning curve if you haven’t built anything creative from a digital perspective before. The $99USD a month Enterprise version of the Signage Studio software allows for integration of many web-based services like Twitter, Instagram, Google Drive, Flickr, Dropbox and many more.

At that price, you’ll get streaming video from YouTube.com, but one way around this is to encode the videos first and stream them directly from DigitalSignage.com’s video server. With 1GB free cloud storage, this is a solution any scrapbooking memorial newcomer can embrace.

Give it a shot.  If this is your first time scrapbooking with a digital angle, you have nothing to lose.  If you’re a newcomer and you’re doing this with time constraints, you won’t have time in a few hours or days to learn how to do this for a memorial service so the right move is probably to stick with basic Android Flickr slideshows or the better FlickrFolio for immediate display of family and friends’ photographs.

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Apps, Tech Supplies & Resources For Digital Memorials

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Legacy Photo: Lives Matter From Selma To Montgomery And Beyond

#Photography – Found this photo while digitizing an archive of family memories.  It was taken during the historic Selma to Montgomery Freedom marches of 1965.  Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking while the historian documenting the affair was interested in some of the signs of local marchers.

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How will you ensure the collected memories of your family will be historically and accurately stored for the next generations?  Our future heirs will harness the power of the past to create new opportunity, information, education and potential.

Who would have thought fifty years ago that today’s digerati would be Instagramming their way to viral social media success using tools that even the most prolific photographer would have found unbelievable 20 years ago?  How will your family benefit from the memories you have of the past, and those you still intend to create?

Do you have a plan for your digital estate?  How many gigabytes and terabytes of data have you already created?  Where does it all go?  Will it be deleted upon your passing?  That data has to be stored somewhere and it should obviously be part of any digital estate plan.

Legacy Photo: Capture Those Historical Moments And Preserve Them Permanently

DIGITAL STORY @justintrudeau – This is a picture of my Mother last year meeting the Prime Minister of Canada before he was PM on the election trail. She is an enthusiastic supporter of his party and policies and contributes time and money to build his legacy. She can recall dancing with the Prime Minister’s father when he himself was a Prime-Minister-in-waiting many years ago.

Are you going to preserve your digital estate memories or will they fall by the wayside?

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Legacy Photo: Ancestry Proves My Father A Digital Innovator

#FAMILY #PHOTOGRAPHY – In this post under the vintage and old time category, I wanted to include a picture of my folks from back when they were high rollers in the early seventies. Yes, that’s vintage for some people. Here they are celebrating at a party – which those of you of that era will remember as wild and often – to mark their successful business deals. At the time, my Dad had become the part owner of #Burlington Cable… a fledgling cable television provider when the industry was only burgeoning. He sold that company before realizing what a future the business held but that’s okay, these folks went on to become very successful businesspeople in their own right.

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