10 Year Anniversary for Personal Media Solutions business

On 1st Oct 2019 Personal Media Solutions will be 10 years old. I started this business with just an idea that many families have lots of non digital personal media (cine film, video tapes, photos, slides, negatives etc).

This media is often stored in a cupboard or worse in the loft or garage. It is therefore very rarely shared, viewed and enjoyed.

Also this media is often degrading or even becoming unplayable.

After 10 years and 1000s of customers I have been staggered by the amount and variety of precious family media that I have been able to digitise.

It has been a pleasure to get feedback and hear the reactions from so many satisfied customers as they relive their memories.

I would like to thank all of my customers and everyone who has helped me to making this successful and enjoyable business.

You will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory

“You will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory” so said Dr. Seuss.


“You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” These are the truthful lyrics that we enjoy singing along to for the rhythm, but when’s the last time you actually stopped to think what the lyrics are saying? In the moment, we tend to take things for granted. Sometimes we fail to look around, embrace the moment and be grateful for what we have. We get so caught up in the chaos of what’s next, where we’re going, and even what happened yesterday. What we should really be doing is living in the now. Because we only get that ‘now’ once.

Some of the most valuable, precious moments we experience can slip right through our hands and not be appreciated to the fullest, until the moment is gone and becomes a recollection.

But how do you view your memories? If you are like most people, the memories may be in your brain somewhere, but a visual or audio prompt is what is needed to recall those precious memories and share and enjoy them.

Personal Media Solutions can help you share, recall and enjoy your precious family memories.

To find out more https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/

8k TVs are more awesome than 4k but dont buy them yet

Both the idea and physical examples of 8K TVs have been around for more than a couple years so far. Even when the first mass market 4K televisions started to pick up some serious traction, major brands like Sony and others soon started showcasing concept models with stunning 8K resolution, offering 4 times the pixels of their 4K UHD cousins.

Now, in 2019, these televisions have gone from a strictly conceptual existence to actual mass market availability like never before. This was the case even in 2018 as well, as we saw from Samsung at IFA last year but when CES 2019 rolled around, the 8K display trend was taken to new heights. Thus, right now, you can buy an 8K TV in several different sizes from Samsung with prices starting at about $5000 and other options are even available from Sony, LG and so forth.

We think that buying any of them is a really bad idea and all the extra visual quality these TVs deliver is wasted along with the extra money you’d spend on them. Let’s explain why.


Reel to Reel, Lost Sid James interview

Reel to Reel – Before the days of smart phones, MP3 players, CDs etc most audio was recorded and stored on magnetic tape. Professionals and keen amateurs tended to used “Reel to Reel” tape machines.

An example of a rare reel to reel find was reported by the BBC on 9th August as follows:

An interview with Carry On legend Sid James has been recovered after 42 years sitting in a loft.

It is the last-known recording of the comedy star, and thought to have been recorded days before he died on stage during a UK theatre tour.

The lost interview was found on an unlabelled reel belonging to former BBC radio presenter Jeff Link.

It was found during the making of a radio documentary to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Carry On films.

The conversation reveals James’s thoughts on his work with comedian Tony Hancock, his many popular appearances in the Carry On series, and his quest to maintain a new fitness regime.

If you have reel to reel audio tape, we can digitise it for you, turning it into mp3 or wav audio files. For more information on digitising media click here.

Secure https website

https website – Personal Media Solutions now has a secure https website.

Secure https websites are needed when any confidential details are entered. The secure https websites encrypts the data send to and from it. Up until now most small businesses have not needed this security.

However, this may be about to change as potential clients coming to your website will be greeted with a very unwelcoming warning that your site is not secure.

Also, Google has said that non secure websites will soon be ranked lower than secure ones.

So, this is why Personal Media Solutions has upgraded its website to make it secure.

Websites1st can give you a secure website and so avoiding the above issues.

To tell if a website is secure, you will see a green padlock and the website address url will start with https:// like this one:

https website



We All Become Memories

We all become memories.

We all become memories.

I happened to see the last part of the last episode of the 2018 series “Call The Midwife”. It had a cine film running, projecting old images onto the screen. Vanessa Redgrave plays Jennifer Worth, the writer whose real-life stories formed the basis of the show. She says:

We flicker on a screen.
We fold and unfold upon the minds eye.
Brittle as wings.
Eternal as a heart beat.
And even when the heart falls silent.
We do not cease to be.
Because in the end….
We all become memories.

we all become memories

To understand more about digitising your memories click here https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/services/media-digitising/

We scan, convert or digitise videos, cine film, photos, negatives, slides, photograph albums, audio and music.

We provide you with a digital copy of your precious memories for you to easily enjoy, share and keep safe.

Your digital copy can be supplied on USB memory stick, DVDs or internet downloadable digital files.

Mouldy video tapes

Mouldy video tapes

Mouldy video tapes – I often get video tapes to digitise that have not been stored that well, e.g. in a loft or garage. But even video tapes that have been stored in a cupboard in the house can be a problem. Decades of sitting in a home environment, which can have relatively high moisture levels, can still mean that they can get covered in small white deposits. These deposits are mould forming on the edge of the tape itself. Basically you will have mouldy video tapes.

mouldy video tapes

White areas are mould on video tapes

The problem in this situation is that when the tape is played (or fast forwarded on the reel) it gets stuck to itself and so rips. This makes that part of the tape unplayable. If things have been left too long, it is not possible to play the tape. Therefore, all those precious family memories are lost forever.

The Guardian offers the following advise


VHS and audio tape should not be stored in:

  • garden sheds
  • lofts, cellars or anywhere where the temperature fluctuates

Tapes should be kept:

  • in the dark
  • away from direct heat sources
  • labelled in a cool cupboard that is heated during the winter

How to deal with tape mould:

  • Look for a fine white dust
  • Don’t blow it away across the rest of your collection
  • Don’t play the damaged tape (you could infect the machine)
  • Don’t throw away mouldy cardboard casings or surrounding storage boxes without noting down the details of the recording, such as the date, location and names
  • Do not place near other newer tapes
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching infected tape

So, I recommend that you do not leave your precious memories on video tapes any longer – get them digitised as soon as possible.

For pricing an full details of our media digitising services click here https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/services/media-digitising/

History of Silicon Valley

History of Silicon Valley

If you are interested in the history of technology, or the History of Silicon Valley, then this timeline of Silicon Valley has lot of key milestones. Open the link and then click right to move through the milestone history.


Personal Media Solutions founder started in the Semiconductor industry in 1980, about the same time as the first PCs and Home Computers. More about Personal Media Solutions is here.

It is fascinating to follow the progress in consumer hardware – first electrical devices, valves, transistors, integrated circuits, video recorders, computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, smart phones – but also software – first programs, program languages, operating systems, high level languages, graphics/gaming software, internet protocols etc.

digitise video tapes

Why digitise your precious family home movies, photos and audio memories

I am often asked “Why digitise your precious family home movies, photos and audio memories?” These are the main reasons:

Video tapes degrade constantly losing quality, eventually becoming unplayable.
Photos can fade in sunlight over the years.
Slides and Negatives can easily get lost or misplaced.
All of these can be lost, stolen or damaged by theft or accident.
Once digitised there is no further degradation in quality.
Digitised precious memories/home movies can be copied easily for family/friends to enjoy.
Digitised precious memories, once copied and stored “off site” are protected.
Digitised files can be shared easily using email, CD, DVD, USB or Network drives.
You can declutter your home by safely storing away all those video tapes, photos, negatives, slides, records, cassettes, CDs, DVDs etc.
Digital files can be streamed to your TV to enjoy in comfort without a PC.

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