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/

Catch Up TV into Sky+HD planner

If you have either a Sky+HD box or the latest black Sky+ box, then you can get Catch Up TV through your broadband connection – even if you do not have broadband from Sky.

I have found that many people do not know that this extra useful service is available. Also, the catch up programs do not have to be watched there and then as they download down, but instead you will find them in your planner, to watch later. Be aware that they only stay in your planner for a while, typically a week. To get this service, you do have to connect your Sky box to your broadband router (which is of course connected already to the internet, where the programs download from). But these days there are devices that can make an network wired connection through your household mains wiring. If you need any help with this setup or any other home network to consumer electronics equipment, then contact us at www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk

Every device is merging with the internet, not as one with another (e.g. PC with TV)

It is over two and half years ago when I said that the TV is merging with the internet and not merging with the PC – this is so true today with tablets and smartphones also merging with the internet – and certainly not with the PC. I commented then that  “…what is happening is that the TV is merging with the internet, not merging with the PC. Applications like BBC iPlayer are driving the whole need to connect the TV to the internet. Also, when we think of the TV in our lounge, we should think TV / Home Entertainment System rather than just TV. This means all types of media on the TV / Home Entertainment System, starting with the home/family photos, music and video, onto content with built in 5.1 surround sound like AVCHD files, and then leading to internet media and applications, “Over the Top TV” which are all coming along. Linking Home Consumer Electronics products with the service provider’s network is the way the consumer will benefit the most, so the TV needs to get connected to the Home Network and to the internet. Standards like G.hn http://www.homegridforum.org/home/ and DLNA http://www.dlna.org/ will be more increasingly talked about. This is really the thinking behind my business https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/
because most UK homes still have their TV and Home Network unconnected.”

Now many more TVs are connected to the internet, but still in my business I find that too many people are still “watching BBC iPlayer (and other internet based services) on their PC or Laptop in the bedroom/study” instead of on their main high quality large flat screen TV in the comfort of their living room, enjoying programs with family/others.

Original comments: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/david-manners-semiconductor-blog/2010/03/intel-and-sony-on-doomed-attem.html