digital

Since I started my Practical Archivist blog back in 2005, I’ve spent a lot of time encouraging and helping people to ditch their photo clutter.¬† So far, I’ve focused on the shoeboxes and envelopes and drawers filled with photo clutter from the 60s-70s-80s and 90s. Now I’ve made it my goal to get you to […]

MAJOR OOPS! Wired News – AP News Software error at Charter Communications deletes 14,000 email accounts. No chance of recovery (except for data backed up by customers) “There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from inboxes and archive folders across the country on Monday, said Anita Lamont, […]

Hard drive failure. It’s a nightmare, no doubt about it. And it will happen to you eventually. Here’s a quick tip on what you should never do if your hard drive crashes: Restart the machine. Why? Because accidentally deleted files could be overwritten. Permanently, irrevocably overwritten.Below is a peek at a damaged JPEG file. The […]

..Why Would I Want Vectorization? It allows you to blow up images a lot. We’re talking really big. Banner sized. If you blew up a TIFF or JPEG file that large, it would look like an abstract mosaic. Terrible. Vectorization is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. Raster images are […]

.From the folks at Photojojo comes advice on how to de-pixelate photos: Ever had Grandma Edna email you her latest vacation cruise photos, only to find the images so small and pixelated that she and Gramps look like they were made of LEGOs? VectorMagic has the answer. A free website from the folks down at […]

Genealogists and family historians have swapped ancestor photos for as long as photography has been around. These days, it’s easier than ever to scan and share photos. But what can you do if your cousin sends you scans that look terrible? Becca has that problem, and she turned to The Practical Archivist for help. Hi […]

OK, it’s not available via iTunes — which I suspect means it’s not technically a “podcast” — but the MP3 recording of my recent radio show with Photo Archivist David Benjamin is yours to download. Topics Covered. For my archivist readers, I’ll explain it in archival speak: We covered processing plans, appraisal, weeding, artifactual vs. […]

I worry a lot about the fate of old sound recordings. Although recorded sound has only been around for a little over 100 years, our archives, basements and attics are bursting with a legacy of multiple obsolete formats. To add insult to injury, each time you play an original recording you destroy some of the […]

I love it when the challenges of digital preservation hit the main stream press. It shocks me how few people understand how fragile digital files are. Which reminds me, before we get to the TV clip, I want to thank the New York Times for tearing down their pay wall. Now I can post links […]

Jill Hurst-Wahl has a wonderful blog called Digitization 101. It’s aimed mostly at institutions like libraries and historical societies, but it’s full of wise advice for the family historian, too. If you work or volunteer with an organization thinking about a digitization project, I highly recommend you check out what Jill has to say. She […]