Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Down Memory Lane - Thanksgiving 1991

This morning I backed up my camera's Nov files to Master archival and Backup of Master archival external hard drive. And of course I got carried away! I checked some of the videos that were digitized. It took me over an hour, but I have to get back and watch some of the family movies soon. That's the ease and beauty of having your old videotapes digitized. You could get back to them anytime you wish to. I bet you can all relate, you have videotapes which you have taken over the years and NEVER even got to watch them. At least I am in that situation, life was too hectic between full time job, family responsibilities, there wasn't enough leisurely time to watch those tapes. All our VHS tapes got digitized (still got to do the 8mm) - I watched Thanksgiving 1991 and I am so happy to have captured, family interactions, cousins playing, Arda trying to crawl, however sad to see two people no longer with us RIP my loosahoki dad and loosahoki sister-in-law May .... Also I knew one of those years Randy had been Santa at HMACH in Bayside. Now I can tell for sure that it was in Dec 1991. Dec 1991 Paul and Randy in the living room! Such ordinary moments, however so precious looking back and reliving those days gone by so FAST!!! Also saw the HMADS January Christmas show, so beautiful! And 2008 all the Friendship Club events I had organized, we had so much fun! And 2008 Grand Central in December with the light show on the ceiling

What's the status of your family videos? If you need help getting them digitized, please message me or email info at baysidedigital.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cyber security help

Cyber security is a very important topic for individuals, as well as business of any size.

Here we have compiles books that cover this topic for quick selections from Amazon listings:

Cybersecurity for Beginners by Lulu Publishing Services

Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World
by Anchor

This is great for businesses: Cyber Security: Everything an Executive Needs to Know by Phillip J Ferraro LLC

The above is some affiliate links -

Did you have any cyber security issues? Let's hear from you as to how you solved it.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Select useful digital tools

Technology is great! I spotted these interesting solutions to everyday problems.
Some cars are equiped with this gadget, very useful when you are backing up. You can see clearly what's in the back of the car while you are parking.

Well, they have that gadget for you - check it out. Also, if you install it, let us know your opinion: was it easy to install? Is it very helpful? What was your experience with it:

and here is another one for backup assistance with night vision, it's wireless:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Application for .vob files

This question often comes up regarding applications that can open .vob files, we will cover it here once again:

Here is listing of great resources:

Free download from CNET:

They describe as: Editors' Note: Download.com has chosen not to provide a direct-download link for this product and offers this page for informational purposes only.
Publisher's Description
From Media Freeware: VOB is the software that is mostly used in DVDs. However, with much advancement in technology, it has become easier to watch videos, listen to music, record, etc. on portable devices such as mobile phones, iPods, etc. In order to view videos that are in the VOB format, this free VOB Player is ideal for any users. For more info and the link go to:

Here is another one: 3 ways to play .vob file at: WikiHOW:

Quote: "The easiest way to play the video is to use VLC Player - open the VIDEO_TS folder. You can play a VOB file at a basic level using Media Player Classic but to experience finer qualities of a DVD movie such as high-definition (HD) and 3-dimensional (3D) video you may want to consider using a virtual DVD player." Follow this link for great instructions and visuals of how to go about it at: http://www.wikihow.com/Play-VOB-Files

On your PC, play it via the Windows Media Player: here is details as how to:

Additional resource: How to play .vob files

Friday, September 30, 2016

Digital file formats: .VOB


We will cover here about .vob file formats and various reference sources to answer your questions about this video file extension:

The VideoHelp Forum is a great help resource to go to: They cover about avidemux video editor and converter:

How to get started with avidemux, edit and convert any video format

How to convert DVDs back to MPG files for reauthor or reedit
If you have authored, recorded a DVD and you want to reedit or re-author it without reconverting it again then just "convert" the DVD VOBs back to a MPG file or MPEG2, AC3, MPA, WAV elementary streams(called demultiplexing) for easier editing and authoring. This does not affect the video or audio quality. and to further read the response to the above question check out:

What is the Function of .IFO .BUP .VOB files on a DVD?
Brassplier's question is: Some of the .vob files are quite large, some are small. Looking at the individual .vob files with mediainfo, it lists them as mpeg2 files. And in fact, I find if I put an .mpg extension on them, media players will play them.
So, I take it the .vob files are the primary audio/video files. The largest three on one particular disc I made are 921,990KB, 921,680kb, 921,950kb. What's the significance of this size? The larger .VOB's are listed as VTS_01_1.mpg, VTS_01_2.mpg, VTS_01_3.mpg VTS_01_4.mpg though the last one is apparently the "leftovers" since it's only about 32 megs. and he likes to know What are .ifo and .bup files for?
Check the responses at this thread:

Q: Multiple .VOB file to one file?
Here is the responses thread http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/320071-Multiple-VOB-file-to-one-file

Q: What is the Best/Fastest way to easily convert a dvd (.VOB) to .avi

Q. Edit a VOB without Intermediate Files:
This guide assumes you already have a prepared VOB to edit.

Q. Devices to play VOB files in VIDEO_TS folder like a DVD?


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Varaztad Kazanjian: Father of Modern Plastic Surgery

Varaztad Kazanjian: Father of Modern Plastic Surgery: Varaztad Kazanjian: Father of Modern Plastic Surgery - By Raffi Elliott gettreated The Invention: As a young man, Varaztad Kazanjian fled the Ottoman Empire, where he worked in a local post-office due to the anti-Armenian pogroms known as the Hamidia

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Useful digital resources

In an effort to bring value to families, we are adding variety of resources:

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Documenting my family's history - Part I

I have been documenting various family, friends, work and events over many years. I am so happy that our paper photo collection as well as the VHS tapes are all on my external hard drive now, thanks to http://www.BaysideDigital.com

I owned my very first camera on my life-changing trip to the USA from war torn Beirut. The date was, February 12, 1976. I was flyer to NYC via Pan American Airlines (PanAm). The very first purchase I did on that flight was buying an instamatic camera. Who remembers the instamatic cameras? I am not sure what happened to it. I haven't come across that pocket camera over these 40 years yet. Most probably on my first trip to visit my family, I might have given to my siblings.

When I worked at the United Nations, the very first club I joined was the "Camera Club", which later on changed it's name. Then, that club was vibrant and friendly. Real professionals guiding and teaching. As well as we went on several trips. So I bought my very first professional camera, a FUJICA. Graduated from the instamatic to this manual camera.

Now that all my photos are digitized, the challenge is how to sort and weed them out. I started the process of going thru boxes and envelopes of photos documenting various moments captured over the years. We had 12 shoe boxes full of photos, in addition to two xerox full of photos I found in our storage! Also one xerox box full of VHS tapes!

Getting them digitized was the fastest and easiest part. Weeding them and eliminating all that space they occupy is the hardest and very time consuming. You look at the photos, they evoke emotions and revive memories. Some still so sweet, others remind of the change of heart of some people, you study their expressions and analyze, comparing the past with the present. Disappointments and illusions. However, the best part is, while weeding, I started making piles and keeping those that are dear to my heart. Those moments that still give so much joy to me. Others I kept to remind of some particular moment in time, which is there not for joy, but to remind of some realities and hurts. After all they were part of my life narrative.

There is the weeding of paper copies. Followed by going thru the digital files. Yesterday I spent over three hours just going thru and picking the best of the digitized photos. I plan on writing a book and adding those photos, as part of the narrative.

I will keep you posted of my progress.

I would love to hear from you about your experience: are your photos and videos digitized yet? If they are, how did you go about weeding and keeping only the ones you care about?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What makes a photograph memorable?

We all have family photos in albums, envelopes, boxes. Occasionally we look at them. Most of the time they are not touched. They are stored somewhere, in the basement, the closet or the attic. What's the status of your photos? If they were all digitized, how would you go about discarding them? Here is a great article. Your thoughts, experience is welcome to share What makes a photograph memorable?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Backing up photos videos from devices

At Bayside Digital we always recommend to backup all your photos videos from your cellphone, ipad and other devices at the end of the month.

This is our monthly reminder. Have you backed up yet all you May 2016 data?

Besides saving them on iCloud or your PC, it's best to have your own external hard drives.

Here is some selections from Amazon.com

From the blog: How to backup photos:


We love to hear your ideas and how you backup all your precious photos and data, other than iCloud or other cloud solutions. Just make a comment to this entry.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Backing up photos videos from your cellphone

At the end of December 2015 I got the new Apple iPhone 6s. It took me a while to get used to it. As I always had android Samsung cellphone and I was very comfortable with it. All my friends were raving about the Apple iPhone, so I decided to give it a try.

However, since then I hadn't backed up my digital files. I had tried to connect to my PC as I used to do with my Samsung and tablet, however I didn't get anything going alerting me about my files. It forced me to sign up with iTunes, which I disliked. Today I gave another try to figure out how to download my files. Bingo, I managed to find my files. I clicked on it and found the DCM folder where there were 3 files, within those folders there were total of 2136 files. It equaled to 4.47gb

As I always like to backup my files, I got my main Master external hard drive. I created a new folder there for my iPhone backups: "iPhone backups to May 16 2016" and there I quickly uploaded the photos. It took me a total of 30min to upload, pretty good. Then I had my second backup external hard drive, which is the Archival backup of the Master drive. That took only 6 minutes!

After all was archived in both locations, I deleted all the files on my iPhone.
I just check storage and iCloud Usage: storage and it shows I have used 6.6gb and available 4.8gb. I am supposed to have 16gb hmmm... where is the rest of the 5gb?
I believe the rest might be all those text messages, whatsup etc - got to go thru all that and get rid of.

June 1st we have a session on backing up photos. This seems to be a major issue.

Check the June 1st meetup session in Bayside at:

Friday, May 13, 2016

What's My Line? - Sophia Loren; Johnny Carson [panel] (May 28, 1961)

Here is the biography of Arlene Francis, Actress, radio presenter, television personality https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlene_Francis

Nudist Camp Owner on "What's My Line?"

Let's go down memory lane of TV entertainment. This used to be the series "What's My Line" - they would try to guess what line of business someone is. Very interesting and amusing indeed. Have you ever seen those series? No comparison with all those so called "reality" shows.

The glossary of happiness

We encounter many people along our life path. Some are always happy no matter what adversary they face. Others, there aren't any apparent reason to be negative, however they seem to always dwell on the negative. At times, words in translation get lost. Filling the gap in our vocabularies, specially those who know several languages. Here is a great article I hope you will find it useful: The glossary of happiness in the New Yorker by By Emily Anthes , published on May 12, 2016 http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-glossary-of-happiness?intcid=mod-most-popular Your thoughts and comments are welcome!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bayside Digital Family Photo Video transfer to DVD

Get in touch with Bayside Digital to secure the legacy of your family! There is no time any better than NOW. The sooner the better. Have you secured your family photos and videos? Let's hear from you.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Photo backup and storage solutions

I'll present here several tools to backup your photos on your PC and other devices:

Picture Keeper Photo Backup Device (Stores up to 320,000 photos)

No software to install, wires to connect, passwords to remember, or monthly fees. Easily use with your digital photo frame, favorite print kiosk or keep in a fire proof safe.

PK-8 Picture Keeper (8,000 photo capacity)

Bayside Digital brings your family photos to the 21st century: contact them at: http://www.BaysideDigital.com

Friday, February 19, 2016

Backing up digital files to the iCloud

We are all about easy and secure access of our digital files.

We have been using Amazon's iCloud -

I will post here what you will see, after you sign up for the free Amazon iCloud UNLIMITED storage solution:

This is notes from Amazon iCloud, when you add your credit card info and take the tour:
The desktop app is the quickest way to upload multiple files at once or to back up your computer. Install the app and sign in with your Amazon login to start uploading. You'll be able to view and share your photos online and on your phone.

Then you will add your cellphone link if you wish:

Cloud Drive On The Go
Now that you've got the desktop app, you can download the mobile app to access your photos from anywhere you are. You'll see all the photos you've uploaded through the desktop app, plus you can auto-save photos from your phone, and more.

You would get this screen to upload your photos and videos:
Bayside Digital brings your family photos to the 21st century: contact them at: http://www.BaysideDigital.com

Bayside Digital

When and why Bayside Digital services started.

During Hurricane Sandy, Lucine was in Virginia visiting her girlfriend Yogini. They stopped by one of Yogini's neighbours, Anthony. Anthony showed us the few framed photos he was left with. All the family photos that were at Anthony's father's house up in New York were completely LOST during Hurricane Sandy. Water had rushed thru the basement of his house and all the family's irreplaceable photos and albums were GONE!

Lucine decided to have her photo collection digitized, to save from loss and damage. Her son Alex, who has graphics design background, gladly took upon himself the huge pending project. Alex digitized all 8+ shoe boxes, plus two xerox boxes full of photos with professional tools! What a relief once all those were digitized! Over 9000 analog photos were now safe and accessible anytime and anywhere, ALL archived!

They found out many of their friends were in the same situation. They wished their collection were digitized. Hence, Bayside Digital was created by the end of May 2015.

Bayside Digital is here to help you out with all those boxes of paper photos and albums you cherish. Don't you wish they were all digitized? If you tried to do it yourself on flatbed, you know how time consuming and overwhelming task it is. Also it's not of the best quality output. We can do it at a fraction of the time with high quality output.

If you keep your photos in boxes, there is the threat of damage or loss from natural disasters and deterioration over time.

Let's turn your treasured photos into digital format, to share and enjoy on every modern device. You never know when you might need them!

Let's make it easy to relive those long forgotten family and friends gatherings, vacations, parties, celebrations.

Your treasured paper photos deserve to be digitized and archived. Once we have your photos organized, you'll be able to update and add all your other digital files in one place.

We have the FAQ page as to how to prepare your bundles for digitization and the order form.

Look for our specials often. We also offer special discounts and donate to non-profit organizations holding special events.

Check out blog for information and helpful tips. Bayside Digital brings your family photos to the 21st century: contact them at: http://www.BaysideDigital.com

Getting family photos scanned and digitized

Why the time to digitize is NOW? ASAP?

Taking care of our precious family photos certainly is not top priority. Will your photo collection survive a natural disaster? Or deterioration over time? When should you start taking care of them? The time is NOW to get them digitized.

There are many advantages of digitization:
You will enjoy often watching and relive those precious moments
Rediscover moments you had almost forgotten about.
Have them available for future generations
Perhaps start a family blog or book? Once all your photos are digitized, it's much easier to accomplish that task.
Easily create slide shows or movies for upcoming events: weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, showcase your parties over the years, all your travels, commemorate the memory of a loved one, just to name a few.
Sadly, the untimely loss of our loved family or friends is not the time to digitize.
When downsizing, you'll be glad you do not have to take all those boxes and albums with you.
Moving away? Do you travel for extended time? Just grab your external hard-drive or access from online location.

Create special family books to give out.
Help individuals, familes and seniors declutter, downsize, move, etc.
Helps de-clutter and create more space.
A layer mentioned in cases of divorce, division of photos is important. I had recently an acquaintance who got divorced and he was so sad, as he had only ONE photo from his entire 25 years of wedding!
Once they get digitized professionally, you may give away most of your printed photos or use in collage and other artwork. And keep the most important ones storing in archival storage.
We are sure you have many ideas to showcase and bringing them to life. As they were meant to be enjoyed and not just stored, almost forgotten in the basement, attic, closet,drawers, in envelopes.
We have found out sadly divorce and separations happen. You might no longer have access to the memories you created together. Who will have possession of the family memories? Get them digitized and secure your own history.
So get all your photos in one place, print out the order form and let's digitize them

Family photos digitized

The need to protect your most precious and irreplaceable photos is NOW. You don't need to wait for New Year's day to add it to your resolutions list. Unforseen events, upcoming celebations are not the time to panic and wish they were all digitized. Sometimes you go down memory lane and want to see a photo from a celebration or vacation prior to digitized cameras. Would you go thru the thousands of photos you have taken? It's a huge task.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

External Hard Drives to store your precious photos and documents

Welcome to the digital age. Before we had a lot of stuff. Now we have many digital files, which need special care and storage. Great news, there are so many solutions to keep our digital posessions safe and away from harms way.

We will present here several solutions:
1. iCloud - which allows you to access your files anytime and anywhere

2. Portable external hard drives: they have come a long way from large external hard drives, to smaller drives which make portability easy:
Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage & Mobile Device Backup USB 3.0 (STDR1000103) - Red, it also comes in other colors too

Silicon Power 1TB Rugged Armor A30 Shockproof Standard 2.5-Inch USB 3.0 Military Grade Portable External Hard Drive,Black (SP010TBPHDA30S3K)

Do you like to store your videos? Then you would comfortably store them in this 2TB external hard drive:
WD 2TB Blue My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0

If you need more than 2TB, here is 5TB storage solution for you:
Western Digital WD My Book 5TB External Hard Drive

Do you need your photos to get digitized? Contact http://www.BaysideDigital.com they serve the US

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Your ancestry and DNA

Have you preserved your family history by getting all those paper photos digitized. As you might take care of your family preservation, you might also think about family's DNA testing.

At Amazon there are special testing kits for DNA. Have you bought it and found out about your family's DNA?

If not, here is the kit you might order and test. Let's hear from you, about your thoughts and experience in finding out about your DNA

Order your Ancestry DNA testing kit by clicking here