July 7, 2015

8 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

How many times have you said, “I wish there was an app for that”? Here are 8 of the most useful ones on my iPhone. Please leave your suggestions to add to this list.

Roboform

I don’t think I could function properly if I didn’t have Roboform as my app for remembering logins. I know there are others, but to me, Roboform is still #1. While it’s great at remembering logins, it’s also extremely handy for filling in forms, and making purchases online with your stored banking details. Yes, you can password protect Roboform app.

Pinterest

I actually have *two Pinterest accounts, one for personal fun things, and the other as a business account to share blog posts and sites I like for business like WordPress, Cafepress, Amazon, etc.

*Find me on Pinterest iPentimento Emporium (business) and Carol Wilkerson

WordBrain

After a few hours of composing and researching, I need a break now and then. So, I open the WordBrain app and have a little word fun. It’s not as easy as you assume!

StoryCorps

Truthfully, you never know when someone is going to bust out with a story about themselves or their friends. Created by David Isay, this app allows us all to tell the human story. It can be planned, or impromptu but always a great way to preserve memories for posterity.

Marksta

I use this app to add a watermark to my photos on my iPhone to point friends and clients to my blog, or just to say “it’s mine”. Marksta allows you to watermark your photography, adding text or a logo directly from your iPhone or iPad.”

PastMapWA

This one is location specific, but if you live in Washington State, this app is your ticket to historical adventure in the Evergreen state.

Gas Buddy

Trying to save some dollars while on the road? Try using GasBuddy to see the most recent gas prices in the next town. Or, your town.

Find Me Rest Stops ($.99)

This one is crucial for any traveler on the road. This app tracks your location and gives you several results for available rest areas. Make sure you check out some of the other apps they’ve created too.

 

 

How To Change Your Feed Title and Description

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It took me a whole day to find how to do it, but I finally found the way to change my RSS feed title/description to the way I wanted it to read. When I was just beginning to optimize and publicize this blog, I mistakenly thought it would only be going out to subscribers who read it in readers and not realizing that a feed can be used by email subscription services like MailChimp as well.

When I did a test send for my new MailChimp campaign for iPentimento I was dissatisfied with the Feed Title and did a little “poking around” in FeedBurner and clicked on the tab Optimize, scrolled down on the left side of the page to Title/Description burner and as you can see in the image I was able make my desired changes.

Feedburner Title Desc

As I said, I am now using MailChimp for subscribers for this blog and it’s sister Pentimento. (Pentimento isn’t a genealogy blog, just my personal one for ideas, opinions and insights.)

Google Books: A Surprising Source For Genealogical Documentation

Google-Books

 

My budget is pretty tight when it comes to genealogical research, so when I found I could add documentation to my family tree using (mostly) free Google Books, you can imagine my elation.

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Most recently,

I found a book

about Archibald Glasscock Register written by one of his descendants (G. W. Register Jones) and originally compiled by two of his daughters from letters he had sent to family members back in Greene County, Tennessee.

The title of this article is somewhat misleading in that the results of a search in Google Books doesn’t just bring back links to books, but any sort of written documentation that has been added to Google. It could be old newspaper articles, snippets from books, biographies, or even lists from surname newsletters. So far, I’ve just scratched the surface of what’s available.

My Book List On Google

My current preferred method of adding books to my book list on Google is on my PC, but you can also add them to your device using Google Play and read them on your tablet, e-reader or phone. Depending on the amount of storage you might have on each device, you’ll be able to start reading on one, stop, and then continue on another. For more detailed information please visit Google’s Supported reading device (“best for”) page.

Surnames I’m researching in Greene County, Tennessee are: REGISTER, CHANCE, YATES, KELSEY, ROBERTSON, HACKER and GLASSCOCK.

 

Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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