Friday, May 16, 2008

The Next Scanfest is in Two Days!

This time of year everything speeds up. It's part and parcel for school district employees as well as parents of school-age children and teens. I happen to fit both categories. Thirty hours' worth of work, school, housework, and errands seem to be squeezed into each twenty-four-hour period. Add to the mix holidays and celebrations like Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day and graduations, and things really start getting busy!

Which is how the next Scanfest has snuck up on me. In May, it's held one week early because many of us are out of town or busy with family over Memorial Day weekend. SO...if you haven't already made plans for this Sunday the 18th, please join me and the other die-hard Scanfesters from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time on Windows Live Messenger:
To join us, you'll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. If you don't have a Hotmail or Gmail account, it's very easy (and free) to set one up. Just go to the links in the first sentence of this paragraph. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (my address is found on this page) and I'll add you to our chat list. You'll receive an invitation message from me at my Hotmail address, which will be sent to the e-mail account that you've set up for Messenger (Hotmail or Gmail), and then you will need to verify that I can add you as a contact.

The second thing you need to do to prepare for scanning is go to Sally's website here and sign up for her free e-mail newsletter. This will then allow you to download her helpful information called 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photographs...and How You Can Avoid Them All. Then you will know how to set your scanner correctly to enable you to scan your items without damaging the originals or compromising the digital images you create.

As always, we had an enjoyable time last month. Our group consisted of long-time genea-blogger but first-time Scanfester Steve Danko, as well as Bonnie, Colleen, Donna, Sheri, Craig, John, Renee, and Apple. As you can see, we have a couple of non-bloggers, too; all are welcome! We invite all those who are interested in preserving their family's history to join us on Sunday.

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