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(+) How I Do All My Online Genealogy Searches with a $35 to $100 Computer

13 Nov 2020 4:04 PM | Anonymous

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I recently purchased a brand-new computer for $60 US and have been impressed with its performance. It has worked properly on every genealogy web site I have tried so far and also on lots of other web sites (Google, DuckDuckGo, several news sites, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, TripAdvisor, eBay, my bank’s online checking account, and several other web sites) as well. Earlier versions ofd the same computer sell for as little as $35 US and yet perform functions as well as the more expensive one that I purchased recently.

Admittedly, this single board computer is "missing" a few things. OK, maybe I should write that it is "missing" a lot of things: a power supply, keyboard, mouse, monitor, a box to hold it (not absolutely necessary but certainly nice to have), a microSD card, and several cables. If you are an experienced computer experimenter, you probably already have most of those items sitting in a closet or a "parts box." If not, you can purchase everything you need (except the monitor) for less than $100 US.

I guess I qualify as an "experienced computer experimenter." When I made a list of everything I needed, I found the only items I was missing from my stockpile of parts was one microHDMI cable and the (optional) box to hold the computer.

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