Video Car Cams
An in-car camera is a great investment for any car owner, the same way an indoor camera system is for a home owner. One can be used as a car security camera or to to monitor the driving habits of employees or new drivers. Those designed as security cameras for cars will usually have features like night vision and a long battery life. A dashboard camera may also include features like GPS logging and speed reporting. For some, a miniature camera can make a good low-cost car cam. Though not particularly designed for the application, they are usually motion activated and capable of capturing any vandalism or break-in. Brickhouse Security offers a long list of security options and we strongly recommend viewing their sight. read…
Increasingly our possessions and our communications are no longer material, they’re digital and they are dependent on technology to make them accessible. As new technology emerges and current technology becomes obsolete, we need to actively manage our digital possessions to help protect them and keep them available for years to come. These pages offer simple and practical strategies for personal digital preservation.
Keeping Personal Digital Records
You probably have resumes, school papers, financial spreadsheets, presentation slides or other digital documents. You might also have digital copies of original hard copy documents such as letters, maps or family histories. Some of this information may have enduring value. For this type of information it is important to decide which documents to save. Think about different versions, such as drafts and earlier copies. Drafts, for example, can provide important details that do not appear in final versions. read more
Keeping Personal Digital Photographs
Photos have rich personal meaning. And photos are unique: if they are lost, the information they provide can never be replaced.
How to Transfer Photos from Your Camera to Your Computer (PDF, 213 Kb) VIDEO:
source: Phil Michel, Digital Conversion Coordinator from the Library of Congress's Prints & Photographs division, offers advice on archiving digital photos.
Digital Photography Archiving Tips
Identify where you have digital photos
• Identify all your digital photos on cameras, computers and removable media such as memory cards.
• Include your photos on the Web.read more
Keeping Personal Digital Audio
You may have many digital audio files with music, lectures and other sound recordings. Some of these have personal, financial or other value that leads you to keep them for a long time. You should make sure that the audio files you select for saving are in an open file format. This will ensure the greatest flexibility for future use.
Audio Archiving Tips
Identify your digital audio files
• Identify your audio files on computers, audio players, phones and removable media such as memory cards and DVDs.
• Include audio files that you manage through audio software. Decide which audio recordings have long-term value learn more
Keeping Personal Digital Video
Technical file quality is an important consideration for digital video. Videos that are posted on the Web, for example, are often grainy and have less information than the original version. Save the highest quality versions of your videos along with good descriptive information about them. How to Transfer Video from Tape, DVD or Camera to Your Computer (PDF, 242 KB)
Video Archiving Tips
Identify where you have digital videos
• Identify all your digital videos on cameras, computers, phones and removable media such as memory cards.
• Include your videos on the Web. Decide which videos are most important
• Pick the videos you feel are most important.
• You can pick a few videos or many
• You can save just final edited versions or you can also save unedited footage
• If there are multiple versions of an important video, save the one with highest quality. learn more
Keeping Personal Electronic Mail
Like paper letters, your e-mail messages document important events, transactions and relationships.
Saving an e-mail involves keeping it separate from your e-mail program. This is because e-mail programs are not meant to keep information for a long time: they can change or stop providing support at any time.
• How to Archive Email (PDF, 84 KB) Decide which messages have long-term value
• Pick the messages you feel are especially important.
• You can pick a few messages or many.
• Save attachments that are part of the selected messages.
Electronic Mail Archiving Tips
Identify all your e-mail sources
• Identify your personal e-mail accounts.
• Within each account, find all folders or other separate groupings of messages; include any "archived" messages. read more
Keeping Personal Websites, Blogs and Social Media
If you have a blog, website, Facebook page or other way to share information on the Internet, you also have a rich source of information that you should think about saving for the future.
For this category you need to start any archiving process by first identifying what you have. You might have multiple places where you share information, and you should give consideration to them all.
Website Archiving Tips Identify where you have Websites
• Locate all your content on the Web, including personal websites and social media sites and services.
• Be sure to include current information as well as any older (archived) content. read more