Showing posts with label Computer Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Computer Technology. Show all posts

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Free Microsoft Office Software Training

One way to update your skills in using Microsoft Office software packages is by investing time to take the Free Microsoft Office Software Training tutorials. An updating of software skills will help genealogists to more effectively process the numerous genealogy data we all have accumulated. These tutorials include various skill levels ranginb from beginning to advanced. Tutorials include reading, demos, self-paced training with audio instructions, and quick reference sheets. Tutorials are available in versions 2003, 2007, and 2010 for Microsoft Office.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Free Online Technology Courses


Hewlett-Packard offers free technology online courses. I first discovered these courses several years ago through an online genealogy friend. At that time, the courses were insructor-led for about four weeks or so and there was even a course on genealogy.

Today, Hewlett-Packard offers the following types of free online courses or short training:

  • On-demand courses (4 self-paced lessons)
  • How-to videos (most 5 minutes or less)
  • Quick lessons (approximately 20 minutes)


Courses or short training sessions are offered in six catagories:

  1. Digital Photography
  2. Home Office
  3. Microsoft Office and Adobe
  4. PC security and maintenance
  5. Business basics
  6. IT professionals

The format of the online courses or short training sessions includes readings, short quizzes, step-by-step instructions, and/or demos. There's plenty to choose from and I hope that you will find lots of online courses and short training sessions to update your technology skills.

BTW, I'm upgrading my software skills and am enrolled in the Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint 2010 courses.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Memory Monday: Passing the Laptop

On Sunday, November 1, 2009, I traveled home from attending the International Black Genealogy Summit in Fort Wayne, IN. This was a bittersweet day which signaled that my good times had come to an end. My travel partner, Selma and I arrived at the airport early to be sure that we didn’t have to rush and arrived at the gate where we would be boarding our airplane with a lot of time to spare and to relax.

“It’s time for the chat…see if you can get online,” Selma told me after we were seated for a few minutes.

This was some time after 11:30 a.m. and Selma was referring to the genealogy chat of Afrigeneas in which we regularly attend on Sunday mornings and other days of the week.

Connection to the airport’s Internet server went smoothly and within a short time I had accessed the chat.


'Selma and I are waiting in the Fort Wayne Airport for to go home,' I typed in the chat window. The group already knee that we were returning from our trip to the International Black Genealogy Summit because this had been a major topic of discussion for several weeks prior to the conference. The few people who were in the chat that morning had not attended this conference. Several of the other regular chatters were also on their way home from the conference and Selma and I were thrilled to have met so many Afrigeneas chatters at the conference.

I typed in a few other things related to the conference and then passed the laptop to Selma. For the remainder of our time waiting to board our flight home, Selma and I took turns participating in the chat and passing the laptop to each other. In the video below, Selma is sitting in the airport on the laptop participating in the Afrigeneas Chat. Notice the big smile on her face. Ahh! the joys of Technology.

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