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52 Ancestors, No. 31: Charles J. Butera, Tribute to A Fallen Soldier

May 28, 2018

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I’ve let my 52 Ancestors series lapse. Hard to believe I left off four whole years ago, but here we are. I ought to pick it up again. I’ve received messages from at least three distant relatives who contacted me after finding mutual relatives on my blog. Read more…

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GPD Pocket Keyboard Replacement and Reassembly

May 15, 2018

A warm thank you to my new subscribers who continue to sign up, even though it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything genealogy-related. I’ve been quite busy at work with the School District of Philadelphia, working on my teacher’s certificate, and a master’s next year. Read more…

Fedora Linux on the GPD Pocket: Six Months On

January 15, 2018

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It’s been about six months since I first installed Fedora on my GPD Pocket. I’ve updated my original July 2017 post twice since then to keep you all updated. So much has changed since those early days that a new post is in order. The old post still has a lot of useful information, so I will be referring to it often, but a lot of it is outdated. Here’s what’s new: Read more…

Playing with Toys: Fedora Linux on the GPD Pocket [Final Update: 1/15/2017]

July 10, 2017

The GPD Pocket, with hot dog and Strongbow shown for size reference.

[Update (12/4/2017): DO NOT run a “sudo dnf autoremove” command until you’ve read the update at the bottom of this post!]

[Update (12/4/2017): There have been some wonderful updates over the past month. I now consider this post to be deprecated and a new post is available here!]

I bought a new netbook computer a couple weeks ago, and it’s the cutest thing you ever did see. It’s called the GPD Pocket, and it is a full Windows 10 laptop about the size of a 7-inch tablet. The specs are impressive for the devices size: quad core processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB solid state hard drive, and as the name implies, it will literally fit in the pocket of one’s cargo shorts. Read more…

The Hiatus Continues … 2017 Update

February 26, 2017
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The grand Ben Franklin statue, in the main hall of the Franklin Public School.

I’d like to thank you, dear readers, for continuing to find this site and to inquire about the services that I once provided. Unfortunately, I have not been able to do any restoration work lately in light of my new job substitute teaching long-term at the Benjamin Franklin Public School in Philadelphia.

The hiatus therefore continues, although a recent change in the school’s method grading of student work might free up enough time in my evenings to pursue some restoration work. No promises, but do check this space in the upcoming weeks for a possible announcement to that effect.

Until then, thanks again for the continued interest, and enjoy my other content!

 

‘Photo Restorations by Tim G.’ Has Gone on Hiatus

June 26, 2016

PursuitsAs you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting a lot lately. This is due to my pursuing other ventures in the winter and spring that have reduced my productivity with regard to photo restorations. These have mainly been substitute teaching jobs in the School District of Philadelphia at such fine educational establishments as the U School in North Philadelphia, The Fitzpatrick School, and Swenson Arts and Technology High School in the northeast.

For the summer, I have accepted a position as a computer aide at the Avalon Free Public Library at Avalon, New Jersey. This will be a great opportunity for me to share my computer knowledge with the public every weekday. The Avalon library also has a subscription to Ancestry.com, so I hope the patrons come with plenty of questions about researching their family’s history!

With these other ventures going on, I unfortunately will not be accepting photo restoration requests, at least for the summer and perhaps longer depending on the teaching work I arrange for the fall.

Thinking of what I might to with the proceeds of all this work, a more powerful computer and a wider format printer might be in my future? Well see about that. Until then, thank you to all who have stopped by the site and requested restorations. It has been my pleasure to work for you, and I look forward to the time when I will be able to do this again! In the meantime, stay tuned occasional updates and tutorials on my passing genealogical interests. I hope to stay somewhat active with those.

The Majesty of Side-Lit Gravestones

September 27, 2015

“The biggest improvement in my photos since I learned to take the lens cap off.” ~ ajmexico

WillsThe next big thing, not only in my own genealogy, but also for the genealogical research services that I will begin to offer this fall, will be gravestone photos lit from the side by an off-camera flash. I’m hard pressed to imagine a better method for photographing gravestones. This method produces higher contrast without recourse to smearing foreign substances onto the fragile monuments with grubby hands. No chalk, no flour, just pure white light.  Read more…