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Playing with Toys: Fedora Linux on the GPD Pocket [Updated 12/4/2017]

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!]

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…

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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…

Another Splendid Event: The 9th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair

September 26, 2015

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Attending the 9th Annual Bucks County Ancestry Fair last week was a joy. No surprise there, as last year’s fair was similarly enjoyable. This year’s fair, however, drew a larger crowd at a larger venue: Bucks County Community College, in Newtown. Many thanks to Jeff Sipler, Chris Roberts, and the rest of the crew at the Bucks County Genealogical Society for putting on the event.  Read more…

Vindicating an Ancestor: My Recent Visit to the National Archives of Philadelphia

August 23, 2015
Liar, liar. Pants on fire.

Liar, liar. Pants on fire.

The newspapers at FultonHistory.com have a way of busting my bubble. Just when I get to thinking about how clean all of my perfect ancestors’ hands were, along comes a FultonHistory.com article to sully them. I call it “The Bad News Report”. So far, the bad news has been that an ancestor of mine hit somebody with a car. To date, I believe the investigations have found no fault, but it’s still unfortunate to read.

newspaperarticleMy most recent Fulton discovery turned up something a little more criminally culpable. “William P. Harrison,” an article from the first day of March, 1898, stated, “pleaded guilty to a fraud in a pension matter,” and was sentenced to one year in prison by “Judge Butler”.

My grandmother’s great-grandfather was named William P. Harrison, who served honorably in the Civil War before marrying his wife, Harriet, and fathering five children with her. He worked as a car inspector for the Pennsylvania Rail Road for most of his adult life. To the best of my knowledge, William was a model American citizen.  Read more…

Major Restoration: Replacing missing parts

August 19, 2015

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Here is one of my better efforts. I’m guessing is that this one got wet in a picture frame and stuck to the glass. If you have a photo stuck to glass, you’re better off leaving it stuck. Don’t try to peel it away. You can scan the photo while it’s still on the glass and send it my way for a quick clean-up. If however, you’ve got hold of a photo that’s had some portions peeled away, not all is lost. With some time and imagination, I can set it right. I’d quote this one in in the upper range: $60 for a major restoration.