I have a new project! I've decided to scan a bunch of our old photos, particularly my mom's. She happens to have quite a few photos from the past (1930-50's) that I think should be preserved.
Unfortunately our Canon scanner is very old. It has certainly done a great job up to now but my techie brother, Dennis felt I should upgrade if I was going to put so much effort into preserving the photos and the information that I would attach to each image.
You all know how long it takes us to make up our minds. Therefore when Dennis was here on Sunday I told him to choose the scanner we should get. He decided pretty darn quickly. Although this scanner was $169.99 at Newegg.com, the shipping was $52.52! Sheesh! I would love to complain but I'm getting used to the Hawaii shipping costs. I was surprised that the scanner arrived yesterday! (No, I couldn't find a scanner in Hawaii that wasn't attached to a printer/FAX machine.)
I stared at it last night but I was afraid to open it. Art was busy with a new house project and Dennis is planning to come this weekend to help set it up so nobody could help me. Then I told myself, "I have a college degree. I can read. I know how to follow directions." That last one is very dubious, but I held my breath and opened the box. I read the directions, got stuck a couple of times, called my brother at the police station for help, got tips from Art and then started attaching the wires and uploading the set-up DVD...by myself.
And you know what? I did it! It works! It works great!
I've got all these little 2" X 3" photos that would have been a real trial to scan individually but I discovered that with this new machine I can put 6 small photos on the bed and it knows to save each photo individually. It can also auto correct yellowed photos. I'm going to scan all the photos and then ask my mom and aunts for their memories which I'll input onto the Summary (under Properties) for each photo. Then I can save them to a DVD and I'll bet my cousins and all our kids would love it.
Here's my new machine all set up and doing a great job so far. I'm doing the not so important photos right now. Dennis will want to make adjustments on the scanner and decide what the best method of archiving and organizing I should do. (This scanner even scans slides and film... but I won't deal with that right now!)
However, the important thing is... I DID IT! Almost pretty much truly definitely sorta by myself!