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Cultivate a good life and record it.

Jun

29th

good life – by kevin allgaier

 

Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing your talents, then using them to help others.

I was raised in a home of giving. Mom gave countless hours each day teaching us life’s lessons, and Dad spent his time tirelessly helping those throughout our community. Their efforts of devotion and dedication did not go unnoticed to those around them… especially me. One of the many lessons I learned from my parents was that we should give what we could of ourselves to others. That lesson has stuck with me throughout my life.

When I was about 12 years old, my parents enrolled me in a “computer camp,” held at a local community college where I grew up. Looking back at that week-long camp now, it’s clear to me that it was nothing more than a week of playing computer games and swimming. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun!

When I was a senior in high school, I took my first “computer science” class (I use quotes because it wasn’t really a computer science class, but we did use Apple IIc computers). I don’t remember much (or anything, really) about that class, but I do remember how excited I was each time I entered the room knowing that I would be doing something I found very interesting. It was that class that acted as a catalyst to my college studies in computer science.

Today, I frequently find myself at the intersection of technology and service. While I don’t have many talents, I do recognize that I have a talent for technology. I absolutely love helping others to better understand technology, and even more so, love seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new. We all know that technology can be used for evil, but it can clearly also be a powerful tool for good. Sharing photos with friends, having a real-time video conversation with loved ones from around the world, attending college classes online… these are all examples of how technology has changed the way we live, work, and play. Talking about technology… helping others to better understand technology and how to use it to better their lives… is incredibly important to me.

We all have talents. Most of us have discovered some of the talents we have, but there are likely other talents that we have yet to discover. Unless we can learn to recognize those talents and share them with others (in a generous way), they’re not only useless to others, but they become useless to ourselves. Find your talents. Refine your talents. Share your talents. By doing this, we can make the world a better place and humanity as a whole benefits. It’s this same philosophy that we try to instill in each of our children.


Note from Becky

Kevin is one of my five brothers. When he said, “While I don’t have many talents… ” I totally rolled my eyes. Whatever, Kevin. That was a middle-child comment. The man is loaded with talent and anyone who knows him, knows that he’s not only super talented, but he really does genuinely love to help people. He’s one of the best examples I know of someone who willingly shares again and again and again. The comment about my parents? Totally true. They are givers and always have been the best example of sharing God-given talents with others.

Some of you actually know who Kevin is because I’ve affectionately referred to him as “Techie Kevin” once in a while. He’s brilliant – and there’s nothing tech-related Kevin can’t figure out. I have tapped into his brain many, many times. And so have some of you! Some of you might even remember a few of those Q+A with Kevin blog posts we’ve done. I think it would be fun to do another round of Q+A with Kevin, right!?

Here’s how it works: Have a tech question? Leave your question below in the Comments. Kevin will answer as many of your questions as time allows. And, Kevin – thank you for your example of sharing your knowledge with so many of us so we can reap the awesome benefits of modern technology even more.


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COMMENTS

70 Responses

  1. Natasha Peters says:

    I’m looking to sell/give away my old PC computer. How could I go about making sure all my personal stuff is deleted off before it is in the hands of someone else? (I switched to a Mac!!)

    • Christine says:

      I would also love to hear the answer to the question about deleting information on old computers! And the question about what to do with pictures saved on cd’s. Thanks!

    • Hi Natasha! That’s a great question! When I sell a computer to someone else (or give it away), I always reload it with the latest Operating System (OS X Maveicks for Mac or Windows 7 for a PC… I’m not a fan of Windows 8 and I don’t know anyone who is). This can be done using the original install discs that came with your PC (for Mac, boot into Recovery Mode by holding down Command+R when you turn the computer on). Part of the installation will ask you if you want to format the hard drive before loading. Formatting will erase the hard drive and prepare it for a clean install that’s what you want to do.

      If you really want to be sure your data is safe, you can always remove your hard drive and have it shredded. You’ll need to replace it with a new drive, of course.

  2. Amanda says:

    How do I go about saving my digital pictures to ensure their safety. Currently I use Mac and time machine backup to a 2TB external hard drive. I don’t feel like one location is safe to just delete photos in my iPhoto. The external could crash! Also should I import photos I saved on CDs in the past and do something safer with them. I’ve heard they can “disappear” over time. Thanks so much!

  3. Donna Collins says:

    I have an old PC about 10 years old that has never been used not even taken out of the box!! It’s a Dell. It has a nice flat screen monitor and wireless key board. I would like to upgrade it with a mini Mac. Do you think this would possible?

    • Hi Donna. Just to be clear, you have an old monitor that had never been used and you want to use it on a Mac mini? Absolutely. As long as you have the right adapter to connect your Mac mini to a VGA monitor, you should be good as gold!

  4. Megan G says:

    Hi! I too am unsure as to the best way to store and backup my photos. I have a Mac and I only use an offsite backup system now and I know that’s not good enough! Where else should I store them? Thanks!

  5. Carly says:

    I NEED HELP with backing up my pictures!!! I put them on my PC from my iPhone 4s and they load into Picasa 3. And that’s where they sit. I’m scared to delete them from my phone,because I don’t have another backup location,so my phone storage is constantly full. My cloud that came with my phone got full within the first month I had my phone. I take a lot of picture…A LOT! It’s a MESS!!! Please help, thank you!!!

    • Hi Carly. It sounds like there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit here! The first thing you want to do is connect your iPhone to your computer, go into your iTunes sync settings and make sure that you are syncing your photos to a folder on your hard drive. Once you have synced your photos to a folder on your hard drive, you can move them to wherever you want, and even include them in your backup plan. Once that happens, you are free to delete them from your iPhone and free up space!! That will feel so good!

  6. jamu says:

    Hi. I have a special needs son and he loves the iPad.. It has been such a valuable learning tool for him. I have heard you can “lock” in on an app, so they stay in that game/app/book.. but I’m not sure how.. Please help… And THANK YOU!!

  7. Silvia Diaz says:

    Want to give my mom my iPhone 4s. Pondering the 5s or 5c. Which is better.? The 5c is much cheaper and I’m tempted to go with it. Or should I wait for apple to release it’s next phone?

    • Hi Silvia. If money is no object, the iPhone 5s is a “better” phone because it’s more powerful and has more features. If you’re not in a hurry, the next-gen iPhone should be out sometime in August or September.

  8. Carolyn says:

    This is a simple question. Can I plug in two external drives in my computer at the same time? It sure would make it easier to back things up! I did this years ago and one of the externals quit working. Thanks!

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m not Kevin but I always have two EHD connected to my computer. One exclusively for time machine backup and the other holds all my pictures and music.

    • Hi Carolyn. Absolutely. I usually have 2 or 3 external drives connected most of the time, as well as the occasional thumb drive. If your external drives aren’t working, there may be a hardware issue somewhere. Contact me offline (www.kevinallgaier.com) and I can help you with that.

  9. Kelley McAndrews says:

    How do I find the videos from my iPhone in iPhoto on my MacBook? Do they even transfer automatically if I’m syncing through wifi?

  10. Rochell says:

    What is a recommendation on how to backup an iPad to make sure photos, etc. are saved?

    • Hi Rochell. I’m a huge fan of using Apple’s free iCloud account to backup my iDevices. Not only is it free (did I mention that it’s FREE?!), but it’s completely seamless. Once enabled, it backs up your device automatically once a day… picture, videos, documents, data, settings… everything.

  11. Tania says:

    Hi Kevin. How can I be sure do photos backup for my Ipad? Because this a message the can’t do anymore automatically. Tks soo much. Hugs and god blessed you

    • Hi Tania. What does the message say that you are getting? Does it say that you are out of space? The free iCloud account gives you 5 GB of storage. If you need more than that, you can purchase more right from your iPhone/iPad.

  12. April says:

    I recently switched to mac. I have a 3TB drive that is being used for Time Machine way larger than my internal drive). I was told that I can also use the drive to store some of my iPhoto library on there so I can take it off the the computer to free up space since these photos aren’t ones I need to access often but want to have. So is that true or should I store the portion of the iPhoto library on a smaller external drive and plug it in when Time Machine is doing the back up? Not sure what the best option would be. I’ve received conflicting info from my friends at the apple store.

    • Hi April. Excellent question. My personal preference is always to use your Time Machine as a Time Machine drive and nothing else. Having said that, if you really want/need to use the same physical drive as a TM drive and for live storage, I would partition the drive into two logical drives. That way, it will look like two drives to your Mac and not make much fuss over it. If you need help doing that (or need more clarification), head over to http://www.kevinallgaier.com and shoot me a message.

  13. Beth says:

    Hi Kevin. I could bend your ear for hours with questions but I will limit it to just one. I would love to have a neighborhood movie night and project movies outside on a sheet or the wall. Could you point me in the direction of an outdoor projector that would do the job? I wouldn’t mind investing in a decent projector if I knew it could do the job. Do you do this?

    Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us project lifers :-)

    • Hi Beth. I love it! We’ve been doing this for years now and it’s great for the neighborhood. We generally have about 100 children and parents out each time, and it’s so much fun. We usually provide root beer floats, and ask that everyone else bring a tart to share. Each year, we invest a little more in equipment. Last year, for example, I bought speakers and a mixing board. It’s a great setup.

      As for the projector that I would recommend… check out the Optoma EH500. It’s bright, has a good set of input options and is reasonably priced.

  14. Kris says:

    Hi Kevin
    Do you know how to update your security questions on iphone ? I forgot the answers and now cant get answer them. I tried going in to my apple id but dont get the prompt for changing security questions.
    Thanks

  15. Lisa T says:

    My children tell me to back up my ipad to the cloud but when I pushed the button to have my ipad on, it warned me that it would no longer be able to sync when I plug my ipad into my computer (a HP, not a Mac). I like being able to sync my iPhone and ipad. Plus the Apple cloud costs money. I do have two separate external head drives backing up my photos. Is that enough?

    • Hi Lisa. The message you’re seeing is just telling you that backups will happen in iCloud instead of iTunes. It sounds scarier than it actually is. After you have made the switch, you will still be able to sync your content and transfer photos just like you do now.

  16. Randi Kraus says:

    Hi, Kevin. I am looking to switch from a PC to iMac. I generally use computers to web search, check out social media, you tube, etc. I like to have LOTS of tabs up and work on many things at once over the course of the day. Plus, leave tabs up throughout the week as I return to different projects. I also use my computer to store and edit photos/videos. I also have about 100GB worth of photos and video clips and it will continue to grow.

    I can’t figure out which iMac to get…I don’t necessarily need the 27″ monitor size but that size allows for the 8gb of memory to be increased later for less money (with a non-apple product) (whereas the 21.5″ size you have to spend $200 to increase memory from 8 to 16gb at the time of purchase) b/c you can’t access the memory later on. How much memory do I really need (8gb? 16gb? 32gb?) Do I need to spend an extra $200 on a 1 TB fusion drive? Can I just buy a 3rd party USB drive?

    And…just saw the announcement that iPhotos and Aperture are being ‘merged’ into Photos for OS X in the future. I’ve been using Windows Live Photos Gallery for my storage and basic photo editing and have been happy with that. I’m confused and concerned about storing and editing photos on an iMac. I read some pretty poor reviews for iPhotos and now that they are changing things I won’t know if the new software will be good or not. Will I be able to transfer all my photos/videos with all my keywords and descriptions of what’s going on in the picture/video over from Windows Live Photo Gallery to whatever Apple has?

    Should I wait to get an iMac until the dust has settled on the new OS X Yosemite (I think that’s what’s coming) and the changes to Photos for OS X?

    • Hi Randi. First of all, I’m glad that you pointed out that the memory in the 21.5″ is NOT user upgradable. Most people overlook that and it can be frustrating if you try to upgrade later. As for how much memory to get, the more the merrier!! Especially if you are doing video editing. Fusion drive is ok, but I have heard that some people are having issues with them (at least they have in the past). Maybe Apple has worked out the bugs by now. My preference is straight SSD… they are super fast.

      Things are a little up-in-the-air right now with photo management with the recent announcement that Apple is discontinuing iPhoto and Aperture in favor of the new Photos app. We don’t know much about it, but I’m confident that it will be a good solution. I use iPhoto and it works really well for me.

      Yosemite is due out later this year and will be a free upgrade. I wouldn’t wait until then. I would jump in now. Apple will make it easy to transition later this year?

    • Randi Kraus says:

      Thanks for the information! A follow-up…if money is an issue but not the only consideration would the 21.5″ iMac with 2.7GHz be sufficient or should I at least spend $200 more for the 2.9GHZ? Or should I really bite the bullet and spend more on the 27″ iMac 3.2GHZ and at least be able to upgrade memory more cost effectively at a later date but have a much better overall computer with the 27″. I’m not a high tech computer person so a more expensive machine wouldn’t be for ‘techy’ stuff but for the possibility that it would last longer for me…so I’m willing to look at spending a bit more if it will mean I can eek out more years from it! If all of them would have roughly the same projected ‘life’ I’d appreciate knowing that info! (I’ve read reviews about iMacs that say they should last upwards of 10 years and other reviews that say by 5 years your just as obsolete as a PC). As always, thanks for your input and guidance. (And for my other question…yes…I guess I’m looking to create archival copies versus a regular back-up…so I’ll look into Drop Box…thanks!).

    • Jenny B. says:

      Hi Randi, I recently switched from PC to Mac (Sony Vaio to MacBook Pro), and have really enjoyed it. I also read iffy things about iPhoto, so I just made the choice not to use it at all. I set up folders in Finder that are pretty much identical to the ones I had previously set up in Windows Explorer. I also use Adobe Bridge, and I like that I can move and rearrange things there, and it is the same as moving in the folder. I have never liked database style photo organization programs, so I knew I didn’t want to use something like iPhoto or Lightroom. Good luck with making the switch! :)

  17. Kris says:

    Would love your suggestions on photo backup. Currently, I am using, local external hard drive and a service (crash plan). And do you like or know anything about Crashplan?
    Thank you

  18. Janel Hermann says:

    A couple years back our PC motherboard crashed, but it didn’t affect the dual hard drives. We tried reinstalling the hard drives on our new computer, but they weren’t compatible and we were instructed to reformat the drives (thereby losing the information). The only way to retrieve the information off the hard drives was to “send them to someone”, but no one knows who. Who do we send them to? We live in Alaska, so there is nowhere local to take them to. These hard drives contain 100s of photos (of course) and related Word documents. Thank you so much, Kevin!

    • Hi Janel! I am SO glad you contacted me before formatting the drives!! Yikes! That could have been bad. Do you know if your drives are encrypted? I’m guessing not (most people don’t even know what that means), and if that’s the case, I can definitely help you. Head to http://www.kevinallgaier.com and contact me. I can have your data back in your hands in a jiffy.

  19. Randi Kraus says:

    One more question….since so many people are curious about backup systems. I’m curious of the best approach when you don’t necessarily want a back up but really a mirror-image copy of the final photos, videos and/or documents (versus every previous version of a photo, etc.). I just back-up at the end of the month (after all editing is done) to two external hard drives that I connect to my pc. Is there another option to give me a third ‘place’ to do this? Is there a cloud option?

    • Hello again Randi. When you say a “mirror image copy”, are y taint about just having an archival copy of the final product? I would look at using something like Dropbox for that. It may be the easiest (and best) solution to your need.

  20. Andrea says:

    Thank you for providing so much information in your article about 3-2-1. I have been worrying about my system, or lack of one, for storing photos. I only save to my Mac and have been using Dropbox for about a year. I have over 17,000 photos on my Mac and definitely need to get an external hard drive. I don’t know how much storage I need. Would the WD My Passport 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 have enough?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Andrea. That’s always a tricky question because there are so many variables to consider… camera make/model, number of photos, type of photos, photo format, etc. To put things into perspective with today’s technology and personal preference, then average iPhone 5s photo is about 3 MB in size. A 2 TB drive could, in theory, store about 660,000 photos at that size. That’s a lot of photos! This number would obviously drop if you’re using a high-end dSLR and shoot in RAW mode (which is what I do with my dSLR when I use it). Those files are much larger.

  21. Jennie says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I have an iPhone, iPad and laptop, and I use iCloud with all of them so that my pictures will be in all 3 of those locations. A couple weeks ago, my pictures stopped transferring onto my laptop for some reason, but they are still going to my iPad and phone. I didn’t change anything, so I am guessing that there was maybe some sort of update on my laptop causing it stop working correctly. I have looked up every single trouble shooting site I can find, but I can’t quite figure out what happened to make it stop, or how to make it start again. Any input you could give is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Jenni. Are you using Photo Stream to sync your photos? It sound like you may need to disable then re-enable Photo Stream on your laptop to remind it that it should be syncing. I haven’t run across that particular problem, but that’s where I would start. You can do that from System Preferences.

  22. Amanda says:

    Hi Kevin. I have a Dell laptop that is sooooo slow! I’m trying to salvage it so my kids can use it for basic things. It’s about 3 years old. I use Carbonite for off site storage as well the Cloud. My husband keeps telling me we need to reformat/wipe it clean/start over to make it quicker/usable again but I’m afraid to do that and not even sure how to do it, whether or not we use a service/company to do that, etc… Any thoughts? Or is it better just to buy new? Thank you sooo much!!!

    • Hi Amanda. Over time, two things happen to PCs… 1) hardware does slow down a little (heat has a detrimental affect to processors, memory, etc) and 2) Windows tends to get messy. When I ran Windows ass my primary Operating System, I made a point to reload from scratch about every 3-6 months. Yeah, it’s a major pain, but it helped to keep my system running smoothly. That may be exactly what you need in this case. To do this, you will need an original Windows install disc… Preferably the one that shipped with your computer (hopefully you still have that). Turn the computer off, insert the disc then turn the computer on. Press and hold the F12 key until it gives you options to boot to the CD/DVD drive. It should be pretty simple from there.

  23. Monica says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I have aquaried the APPLE Fever! I have a macbook pro – – I’ve had it for about 2 years and only use it for facebook, email and/or storing my pictures. When I thought about selling it because I felt I needed something easier, the tech guy at work said DON’T – – this is an amazing laptop – – however I don’t know how to use it. Anyways, my question is: Recently I have opened the lap top and the green light next to the camera is lit – – almaost makes me feel like someone is spying on me – are they? Crazy question, but seems very logical to ask :) Thanks!

    • Hi Monica. Logical indeed! Theoretically, that light should only be on if the camera is in use. Typically, it’s not because someone is spying on you, but possibly that you my have an app running in the background that is using the camera (Skype, FaceTime, Photo Booth, etc). If you restart the computer, when does the light turn on? Let’s see if we can find out where the request is coming from.

  24. Monica says:

    ooops – – another question, I do have the IPHONE 5s – – the cloud always says it can’t back up because I have too much stuff – – believe it or not, I don’t – – when I go into the settings though under information on my phone, it says I have 1200 photos, which I only have 127, because I deleted the rest.

    What does that mean with the Icloud?

    Thanks!

  25. Rose says:

    I read your 3-2-1 article but while researching Carbonite etc. I have come across articles that talk about the fact that it could take months for the companies to upload your pictures and then months to download (something to do with bandwidth…?). Do you know anything about that?

    • Hi Rose. Yes, and this sis actually quite frustrating. Carbonite is a great backup service and is very reasonably priced ($60/year!). They have to make money somehow, so they Duce cost by limiting how quickly you can perform the initial backup (believe it or not, that data transfer gets expensive for companies). As long as you are also backing up via Time Machine or some other option at the same time, you should be fine. My advice… Start the backups now and just let them run as much a you can (in other words, don’t turn your computer off at night).

  26. Chantel says:

    I am probably too late, but I wanted to ask your thoughts on archiving photos and video with m-disc.

    • Hi Chantele. I don’t have any. Experience using M-Disc, but any backup is better than no backup. One thing you want to be careful of with backup options is you want it to be relatively low-cost and easy to manage. Typically, I tell people to stay away from solutions that are too expensive and complex. Complexity, of ou ourself is subjective and differs from person to person.

  27. Tiffany H says:

    Kevin, our 12-year-old daughter is heading off to middle school (7th grade) in Sept. and we think it’s time to get her a mobile phone. As most parents probably say, we want her to have it so we can reach her and she reach us via phone & text. We’re not looking for something to take photos, play games, surf the net, etc. But I’m sure that’s what she’d love it for and we’ll let her do that type of stuff as she gets older. Do you have any suggestions which type of phone would be good? Any other thoughts you may have on giving a tween/teen their own phone would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Hi Tiffany. This is a really tough one for me to answer because everyone has very different parenting strategies (and each child is different as well). I can only speak to the way that we handle this in our home.

      Our three oldest have iPhones. We chose iPhones for a few reasons: 1) they empower our children, 2) they are easy to manage and 3) they. Have GPS. We use GPS tracking in our family very freely (you should never be in a place that you aren’t comfortable with others knowing). It’s also very convenient when tracking down our kids when it’s time to pick them up.

      I mentioned the management side. iPhones are easy to apply parental controls on. If you want to take it to the next step, there are online tools you can use to really take control of their iPhone. Very powerful stuff.

      The downside? It’s a little more expensive than a non-smartphone or even some of the Androids out there. I don’t have time to spend troubleshooting devices like this, so I go with what will cause everyone the lest amount of headache.

  28. Randi Kraus says:

    Thanks for the information! Sorry to bother you with a follow-up question…if money is an issue but not the only consideration would the 21.5″ iMac with 2.7GHz be sufficient or should I at least spend $200 more for the 2.9GHZ? Or should I really bite the bullet and spend more on the 27″ iMac 3.2GHZ and at least be able to upgrade memory more cost effectively at a later date but have a much better overall computer with the 27″. I’m not a high tech computer person so a more expensive machine wouldn’t be for ‘techy’ stuff but for the possibility that it would last longer for me…so I’m willing to look at spending a bit more if it will mean I can eek out more years from it! If all of them would have roughly the same projected ‘life’ I’d appreciate knowing that info! (I’ve read reviews about iMacs that say they should last upwards of 10 years and other reviews that say by 5 years your just as obsolete as a PC). As always, thanks for your input and guidance. (And for my other question…yes…I guess I’m looking to create archival copies versus a regular back-up…so I’ll look into Drop Box…thanks!).

    • My rule of thumb on replacing computers is every 3 to 5 years. This, of course, depends on your dependency on the computer. For me… it’s more like 2 years because I literally spend all day (and all night) on tech and I need to it always run great. For others, 5 years is more than enough. Only you can answer that. Macs do generally hold their value longer than PCs but as with all tech, you get what you pay for. If you buy a low-end Mac, it won’t last as long for you as a high-end Mac.

      Having said all of that, and without meeting you and talking with you in more detail, it sounds like you may be just fine with a 21.5″ 2.7 GHz iMac. Worst case scenario… you upgrade in 4 years instead of 5. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. :-)

  29. Sarah says:

    Hi Kevin!! My husband and I take most of our family videos with our iPhones….and the videos now live on my computer. What’s the best way to get those video files organized, edited and saved to DVD so we can enjoy for years to come? Thank you!!

    • Hi Sarah! Everyone organizes their photos differently, so there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this. For me, I tend to organize my photos/videos chronologically. When I archive my photos, I have a folder for each year (2008, 2009, 2010, etc) and all photos and videos taken in that year live there. If you take a TON of photos, you may also want to break it down into months, but I leave it at a year (it’s usually quick enough to find photos in that year, so I don’t need to take the time to break it down any further).

      When it’s time to burn the files to a DVD, keep in mind that a tankard DVD holds 4.7 GB of data, so depending on how many photos/videos you have to burn, you may need to stripe it across several discs.

  30. SandraA says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I hope you’re still fielding questions. My daughter had her external drive drop about three feet (off the dining room table). The computer no longer recognized it. She has TONS of pictures on it. Some are backed up, but there are many that she had not take care of. She has looked at several sites to get it evaluated, but it is so expensive. Any ideas?

    • Hi Sandra. I am so sorry! Accidents happen which is why I am so insistent on a good backup strategy. In this case, you may be in luck to recover those files, but as you’ve seen, it certainly can be expensive. When it comes to recovering data from physically damaged hard drives, I use DriveSavers (drivesavers.com). They’re quick, professional and best of all, they’ll give you an accurate price estimate before restoring your data (along with a guarantee of recovery). I’m sure it’s not the best news you’ve had all day but rest assured, her data is very likely recoverable.

  31. Jennifer says:

    When scanning old photos and negatives, is there a minimum resolution that a scanner should have in order to capture all the detail? Do services that scan photos utilize equipment far superior than a home scanner/printer/copier?

    • Hi Jennifer! This is a great question, and the answer depends on how much storage you have to archive these scans on. As you can imagine, the higher the resolution, the larger the file sizes. You don’t want to go any smaller than 300 dpi, but ideally you want to hover somewhere around 900-1200 dpi. That sounds like a lot, but remember… you can always scale DOWN, you can’t scale UP. If these are true archive, the higher the resolution, the better. If you can go higher than 1200, great! Most scanners (even cheap scanners) can go higher than that. I really like the Epson Perfection V600 scanner, and it scans at a 6400 x 9600 resolution. Not bad for a $200 scanner!

  32. Kelly Acton says:

    Hi, I want to do my Project Life albums digitally because the albums take up too much space on my shelves. But I also want the journaling cards to be handwritten in my own handwriting. I tried having a font made of my handwriting but it didn’t look right. Is there a scanning solution that could allow me to superimpose my handwritten journaling onto a 3×4 PL card so I get the design of the card but still use my handwriting? Thanks! I have asked this of multiple people and not been able to find a workable solution.

  33. Rekehl says:

    I have an iMac 27 inch and boy does it get hot! I’m surprised it doesn’t melt down it gets so hot. After working and my kids playing games (Mindcraft) on it, it gets so hot that you can’t really touch the top of the computer screen with your fingers. Is this normal? Why does it get so hot? Can I do something to cool it down? Isn’t the internal fan it comes with not enough (why doesn’t Mac put in more/better fans?) It seems to me that it running so hot all day everyday isn’t a good thing for a computer.

  34. Teresa says:

    I have windows 8 ( yeah not huge fan) not sure how to use external hard drive to back up photos, do you know if I hook it up will it tell me what to do? I am leary of doing this.
    Also is that a true fact that pictures go away on a disc after 10 15 25 years? Curious on that statement, mine are not that old yet.

  35. Brenda S. says:

    I have a lot of old photos that need to be scanned. I know the best way is to use a flatbed scanner, but do you ever recommend a faster document type scanner such as the Fujitsu Snapscan or is the quality just not high enough for archival/reprinting purposes? I would appreciate any recommendations you may have. I am not comfortable sending them away so I am looking for something I can do at home. Thank you!

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