March 2005, V4#3: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

A large number of genealogists are taking advantage of the resources of the internet.  Just because you can find a document or GEDCOM online today doesn’t mean it will be there (or free of charge) tomorrow or 20 years from now.  Because of this, it is a good idea to treat computer print outs for your files/archives to reduce their acid level as much as is comfortable implementing.  Here are a few tips:

  • use acid free paper

  • only print on one side

  • only run the paper through the printer once

  • if you don’t use only acid free paper, you might invest in a second printer that uses only acid free

  • when buying a new printer consider the composition of the ink it uses

  • if possible, take a “junk” print out from the printer and wet it down to test it’s water resistance – if it runs, you need to select another printer for your file copies

  • when making notations on the print outs, make sure to use archival quality ink pens (widely available, if in doubt – head for the scrapbooking section)

  • don’t use paperclips, staples, rubber bands, adhesive (unless archival and absolutely needed), post-it notes, etc.

  • store in acid free folders, etc.

  • keep temperature and humidity steady and comfortable.

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May 2003, V2#5: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Email More Anti-SPAM suggestions

Though give-aways, sweepstakes, and surveys can be tempting, many are set up to “harvest” email addresses that are provided.  These can be used for the company you participated with or sold to others.  Best bet, if you wish to participate in these, sign up for a free email address (hotmail, yahoo, bolt, etc.) that you use for this type of thing only.  When you get too high a volume of junk mail, close the account and open a new one (different email address).

September 2002, V1#1: Computer Wednesday, Dec 24 2008 

Get deluged by lots of SPAM (junk e-mail) including some marketers that seem to send you something at least daily?  Everyone does – here is something that will help.  Once the junk mail arrives, click on it in the inbox to highlight it.  Once it is highlighted go up to the pull down menu “message” – click it to drop the menu down and then click “block sender”.  From now on, when a message from that author arrives, it automatically is placed in your deleted items.  Do this to any unsolicited email and it should cut down on what arrives in the inbox.