Thomas MacEntee over at GeneaBloggers has a meme called What I Do. Thomas says:
you basically list what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby.
Here’s my list:
* Hardware: Dell Inspiron I1720 laptop
* External storage: a couple of 4mg flash drives – these are really just for portability & backup.
* Online storage: Mozy (paid version with unlimited backup – love Mozy)
* Backup: Mozy | flash drives | plus quarterly I back up to CD, which I take to my work location.
*Firewall – I’m not crazy about my current firewall and don’t want to give them any publicity.
* Virus protection: AVG (free)
* Spyware: Spybot (free)
* File cleaner: AML Registry Cleaner (free)
* Printer: HP Photosmart C8180 All-in-one – printer, copier, scanner
* Phone: Blackberry
* Mobile media: Ipod Nano (3rd gen)
* Music player: Ipod Nano
* Car audio – Rockford Fosgate, I think – whatever came with the vehicle. I mention it only because I listen to genealogy podcasts in the car.
* eBook Reader: Kindle (love my Kindle)
* Browser: Firefox (default) | IE8 for a few sites that don’t play well with Firefox | Chrome, occasionally
* Blog: WordPress (self-hosted)
* RSS: Google Reader
* FTP: Smart FTP
* Text editor: Microsoft Word | Notepad++ (free and highly recommended if you do any kind of web development)
* Screen capture: Snipping Tool
* Social bookmarking: Del.icio.us
* URL shortener: ow.ly | tinyurl
* Office suite: Office 97 (I know, it’s old, but for home use, I really don’t need anything else)
* E-mail: Gmail | Windows Mail
* Calendar: Groupwise
* Accounting: Quicken
* PDF generator: Cute PDF (free)
* Other tech stuff: Firefox add-ons & extensions: Firebug, Web Developer, Colorzilla | Evernote (online, for PC, & for Blackberry | Excel for tracking just about anything | numerous WordPress plug-ins
What techie tools do you use to help you in your research?
Thanks to Geneabloggers for generating this meme. I’ve seen several things already that I want to add to my toolbox. To see other posts on this topic, click here.