Month: February 2009

New IT Committee Convenor for the Society of Australian Genealogists

Yes, that would be me. It’s a terrifying prospect, and I know I’m in way over my head. Our current Convenor is moving to Ireland to work for a couple of years and the logical replacement, in fact the only candidate, is me.

My commercial IT experience is limited to application development. I know next to nothing about servers and networks and those important bits and pieces that keep the place running smoothly. I can’t fix a PC when it stops behaving, unless the problem is something really simple, nor can I diagnose internet connection problems unless it’s a matter of putting the cable back in. I know a little about web development but will that be enough?

If you are a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, or would like to become one, and have some knowledge in any of these areas I’d love to hear from you!

“Whoever finds this, put the data to good use”

Another quote from Star Trek Voyager. They’ve found a space ship from way back in the past. The rest of the crew are all envious of the ones who get to go and have a look at it, because it’s a direct look at the past. Explorers are historians, and I guess historians are explorers.

The pilot died but recorded a message first, and that was what he said. He hoped his Dad would get the message, but no, it was Seven-Of-Nine, who has discovered empathy with people from the past that she didn’t know personally.

The Big Blog Question

This morning I am faced with the Big Question – do I spend time reading other people’s blogs or do I stop reading and spend the time writing my own?

My blogging has been on hold this last week, or really since before I went to New Zealand last month, and with all the catching up I’ve been doing since then I haven’t managed to get back to it.

Too many things to do – too little time. Something has got to go, and the reading of blogs is one of those things. I read blogs on family history, small business, wildlife rescue, mind mapping; all sorts of things. Some are more useful than others; some are entertainment.

I have reduced my subscriptions to blogs from 24 to 15, and counting.


I’ve also removed some applications from Facebook. Not all of them, I’m sorry to say, but enough to reduce a lot of the time-wasting aspect of the thing. I only accept invitations from people I’m related to, now, and I delete the application after a few weeks, as I have today.

It may not make much of a difference but it makes me feel like my life is a little less cluttered and that has to be good!