Phys .org: High five! It’s possible to create proximity online

Phys .org: High five! It’s possible to create proximity online . “Touching a beloved family member, or even making eye contact, is impossible online. Still, it’s possible to feel close to them. Anna Martín Bylund and Linnéa Stenliden have studied the social and emotional challenges that geographical distance can create among family members who are spread out in different countries, and how longing is expressed in video calls. Their study has been published in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.”

Slate: Grieving With Google Street View

Slate: Grieving With Google Street View. “One Twitter user recently posted that her family never got to say goodbye to her grandpa when he died a few years ago, but when she visited her grandpa’s farm through Street View, there he was, sitting at the end of the road. Thousands of people responded, many with their own stories of finding old Street View shots of their dearly departed grandmas reclining in their front yards or their grandpas getting into their trucks.”

Gizmodo: 12 Things to Do to Your Friends’ and Family’s Tech to Get Them to Stop Bothering You

Gizmodo: 12 Things to Do to Your Friends’ and Family’s Tech to Get Them to Stop Bothering You. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The time when you get to tackle a year’s worth of tech troubles in just one visit to the home of a relative. If you’re the designated IT expert in your branch of the family, here’s how to pass on the most useful advice in the quickest time possible, so you can get back to enjoying yourself.”

How-To Geek: The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support

How-To Geek: The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support. “…we’re going to run through a crash course—with copious links to tutorials we’ve written in the past—that will help you whip your family’s tech life into shape, so their networks are secure, their computers are backed up, and everything is connected so you can easily help them in the future. The guide is divided into sections that, based on years of experience as the family tech support team, are the areas that are the most common (and pressing).”

Lifehacker: How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death

Lifehacker: How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death. “There are a number of ways loved ones can request access to your accounts once you’re gone, but they don’t need that stress. Several online services allow you to designate legacy contacts or grant access after a period of inactivity. Here’s how to make sure that those you leave behind are able to manage your affairs when you can’t anymore.”

The Verge: The unexpected catharsis of an Instagram location page

The Verge: The unexpected catharsis of an Instagram location page. “My father was born on May 12th. Today he would have turned 56, had he not passed away in 1996. When I was in college, my family and I would visit our motherland in Bangkok over the summer break in May, and our tradition was to always visit the temple where my dad’s ashes resided…. So when my brother and mom went back to Thailand this year without me for the first time in three years, all I could do was journey with them from afar as my brother Instagrammed his way through the travel. But this year, he did something he hadn’t done in the past. He tagged every location he visited, leaving behind breadcrumbs that would lead me to the temple’s location page on Instagram and filling a void I didn’t know existed.”

The Old Family Photos Project: Lessons in creating family photos that people want to keep (Medium)

Medium: The Old Family Photos Project: Lessons in creating family photos that people want to keep. “My father was an avid amateur photographer. He loved to take pictures, he invested in expensive cameras, and I’ve plenty of vacation memories where he had one of those cameras in hand. But organizing the slides afterwards? Labeling them? No way. Pop threw the boxes of slides in big piles and said, ‘I’ll sort them after I retire.’ And, in preparation for his retirement, he put all those slides into five huge boxes — the kind you’d use to ship vinyl records. Whereupon, three days after my father formally retired in 1988, he died in his sleep.”