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After unexpectedly being offline for most of yesterday to handle some estate affairs, I’m just starting to get caught up on mobile tech news of the day. But first thing this morning, I tweeted a picture of something I found last night. It’s not mobile, but […]

kodak-carosuel-750After unexpectedly being offline for most of yesterday to handle some estate affairs, I’m just starting to get caught up on mobile tech news of the day. But first thing this morning, I tweeted a picture of something I found last night. It’s not mobile, but there is a mobile aspect if you bear with me. I found my father’s old Kodak slide projector along with tons of family slides ranging from 1971 to 1984. In one of the early slides, I’m a toddler on the Staten Island ferry and you can easily see the World Trade Center under construction in the background. What an amazing picture to have! Of course, it’s on a slide, so I’ll have to make the image more mobile by digitizing it.

Wouldn’t you know that not even 30 minutes from the time I tweeted my find, I was contacted directly by one of our readers? He offered to loan me a USB device that can read the slides and digitize them into .JPG format. This way, I can share the images with my family, post some of the non-personal historical ones online and carry around any that are near and dear to me. The offer to borrow a digitizer isn’t the first time I’ve had a reader try to lend a hand either. I can’t count how many times folks have offered to loan me a netbook, notebook, camera lens and various other bits of gear. Each is a kind and generous offer.

That’s what makes jkOnTheRun what it is — it’s not what James and I write, nor what we do —  it’s the camaraderie and community that offers the real value. It’s the readers that make this site what it is each and every day and for that, I’m sincerely grateful!

  1. Ah, a world I never knew of in my personal life, slide based photograph viewing seems pretty “out there” to me. I mean, of course I am the generation who still used point and shoot film based cameras, but that was only for at most a few years, before digital photography started to emerge!

    BTW, the reader who offered you the USB device is extremely generous, and obviously incredibly responsive to your content on JKOnTheRun.com. Congrats!

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  2. That is awesome. My dad recently went through a whole phase of digitizing all of our old media. He is threatening to put my 4th grade talent show performance on YouTube (lip-synced to blues brothers with a friend, did the whole dance and everything).

    Also – your post reminded me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG_G15rtCmc

    (Still gives me shivers watching this scene…)

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  3. I would love to hear about your experience with the “digitizer”. My family has hundreds of boxes of slides. I picked up a slide converter at a local Bed Bath & Beyond and never got it to work. My XP box just wouldn’t recognize it. I found a LOT of other folks on the internet who had the same experience … with the same model. I took it back after several hours of failure. I’ve not been brave enough to try a different one … I’ve seen different brands at Sharper Image (or one such store), etc. If you have good look, would you mind mentioning the brand?

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  4. I have access to a Nikon slide scanner, has a card that needs to go into a PC, but if your USB one doesn’t work, let me know and I will loan you this one.

    Best,

    Buzz

    Burton L. Bruggeman
    ActiveWords, Inc./Seattle
    buzz@activewords.com
    206.388.4747

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    1. Thanks for the offer, Buzz. And thanks for proving my point about our awesome community here, too! ;)

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  5. For those who are interested, there is a short post on the setup I offered to loan to Kevin at http://hello—isthisworking.blogspot.com/.

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    1. Awesome setup and thanks again for the loan offer!

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  6. John in Norway Friday, July 31, 2009

    If you need them, I have a pair of old underpants with a picture of Bart Simpson on them you can borrow. I will want them back, though. They don’t fit me anymore but I refuse to throw them out.

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  7. You can also send out to India, where they do the tedious cleaning, for scanning slides at ScanCafe.com. (I haven’t yet tried them, but have read good reports.)

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