Guess what PCs and laptops can still be stand-alone.
Here are my family knowledge process tips for keeping your memories on digital technology, they are:
Buy two portable hard drives of at least One terabyte each to keep scanned images of your mementos – think of the drives as stand-alone PCs.
Keep one hard drive at a different place from your home, this is your disaster plan taken care of.
Treasure the hard drives as prized possessions needing to be maintained, updated, loved and bequeathed because they contain your family memories.
Use your networked PC or cloud storage service as your everyday working platform for scanning and sharing family images and transfer important files regularly and KEEP them on your portable hard drives.
Respect the portable hard drives as the master of your family knowledge and Digital Dreaming.
My tip is don’t lose sight of the need for independent technology in your family – just as my mum’s typewriter was used for typing her letters – the first PCs were designed to serve us as a stand-alone computing companions.
Are you old enough to remember 3.5 inch floppy disks?
Watch this video to see the floppy disk still in use on our family stand-alone PC. This is now our scanning PC, it’s a 2004 Dell Dimension 4600.
Why not start thinking about scanning your important family documents today?
Over the next series of articles I’m going extend the raining memories theme and show you how I use my treasured portable hard drive to keep up our family history. I’m going to pick the top five event codes and explore some of the items you can keep.