What format is right for me? – Part 1: The DVD

Many of us remember that famous scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswold unveils the Christmas lights he so proudly put on his house. He brings the whole family outside to watch the unveiling: his wife, the in-laws, his parents, the children. You can feel the anticipation as they talk amongst themselves in the cold. They know how … Read More

Hidden History: Roseville’s Commercial Airport

Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons One of my college professors once remarked that history was like finding out over and over again that Santa Claus isn’t real. What he meant was that doing historical research – going through old records and newspapers – often revealed unflattering things about people and events usually mythologized.  That said, every now and then, you find … Read More

Some real honesty about getting started

I meet so many people that want to digitize their home movies and photos, whether its their own collection or those of loved one. But the problem is that they get hung up on deciding what to digitize.  It’s understandable and very common.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some quick tips that will help you … Read More

Your grandparents in their 20s – the magic of 8mm reels

Who knew a dusty old film reel could unlock so much magic? I was watching an 8mm reel of my grandparents. It was for the first time, because my family, like many families, either misplaced or tossed out the 8mm projector at some point in time. Instead, our memories were largely preserved on VHS tapes, which were easier to film … Read More

What format is right for me? – Part 4: Streaming

This is the final part of a series where we explore the four main ways to digitize your movies and photos: DVD, USB, Digital Download, and Streaming. We’ll talk about the advantages of each format so you can choose the one that is the best for you and your family. Go back to Part 1 – DVD  Go back to … Read More

What format is right for me? – Part 3: The Direct Download

This is part three of a four-part series where we explore the main ways to digitize your movies and photos: DVD, USB, Digital Download, and Streaming. We’ll talk about the advantages of each format so you can choose the one that is the best for you and your family. Go back to Part 1 – DVD  Go back to Part … Read More

What format is right for me? – Part 2: The USB

This is part two of a four-part series where we explore the four main ways to digitize your movies and photos: DVD, USB, Digital Download, and Streaming. We’ll talk about the advantages of each format so you can choose the one that is the best for you and your family. Go back to Part 1 – DVD  Skip ahead to … Read More

A plain English explanation of the cloud

Here is my plain English explanation of “the cloud” without the technical gobbledygook.  “The Cloud” is storage for your digital stuff (movies and photos). Companies like Dropbox, Apple, and Google provide cloud storage space for a small fee (often less than $5 bucks a month).  This storage is on the Internet rather than on your computer. So if your computer … Read More