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  • E.Rodier
    Check all equipment and all software programs before discarding an old computer because some old software does not run with WinXP computers loaded with 500 mb
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2003
      Check all equipment and all software programs before discarding an old
      computer because some old software does not run with WinXP computers loaded
      with 500 mb RAM or more. The alternative is to use Windows XP Pro (full
      retail package) and set up a multi-boot system with two or more operating
      systems. It is possible to use a WinXP upgrade but may take many more days
      to figure out.

      Question at FTM meeting this morning about splitting files. Someone with an
      old computer has allowed the Family Tree Maker data file to grow larger than
      the learned method for backup to floppy disk. Not using e-mail so the
      options are down to telephone or personal visit. Keep family files small
      enough to back up and keep a family project simple if the computer equipment
      is limited.

      Almost everyone in the computer group dreams of leaving a nice looking
      family book for their relatives but many are reluctant to upgrade software
      or hardware.

      One of the advantages of newer computers is that backup devices are easily
      plugged in to move large files. A Universal Smart Drive is about the size of
      a package of stick gum or lighter, several companies make small devices.
      CD-ROMs are the most affordable media for backups that are easily stored in
      multiple locations.

      A 30 GB "pocket-size" hard drive from Pocketec seemed like a handy choice,
      allowed files to be copied once and didn't work again. Returned to the
      store. Larger external hard drives have fast USB 2 or Firewire connection
      and can be left attached to a computer.
      Elizabeth

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Charlie Hansen"
      > On 25 Jan 2003 at 10:51, E & R Kinnear wrote:
      > > Does anyone know where to take old computers for disposal?
      > >
      > RetroSystems Inc at 523 Flint Road SE will accept old electronics and
      > computers for disposal. They charge $8.00 to dispose of old 14 inch
      > monitors unless you have more computers items, which they could
      > recycle.



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