J. D. Biersdorfer And, The New York Times

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Past articles by JD:

Your Trusty Maps App Can Help You Navigate the Pandemic

Apple and Google have added handy features for these uncertain times. → Read More

How to Dig Up Family History Online

Digitized newspaper archives and hyperlocal historical sources can help you understand how your ancestors lived. → Read More

Space Out and Explore the Universe Without Leaving Home

If NASA’s new 2020 missions have inspired an interest in science and celestial objects, these apps and sites can open a whole new batch of worlds. → Read More

Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

Even if you can’t draw a stick person, you can still express yourself and tell stories through the time-honored tradition of sequential art. → Read More

How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents

If you have some spare time at home and want a productive project, consider creating a digital archive of your personal papers. → Read More

Get the Most Out of Your Fancy Smartphone Camera

The latest Apple and Google models have software that automatically enhances your photos, but you can also take control to get your perfect shot. → Read More

Put Alexa and Siri to Work

Voice-activated helpers can automate life’s little chores, once you get the hang of them. → Read More

Get Those Records, Tapes and CDs Onto Your Smartphone

Ready to convert your older analog audio to more portable digital formats? Here’s how to make it happen. → Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Your Digital Wallet

Payment apps can speed up register checkout and replace that paper and plastic clogging your billfold. Here are six steps to make them work for you. → Read More

Can You Draw This? Of Course You Can

Sketching is a form of visual thinking that exercises the mind and body, and it’s easy to turn your tablet into a portable art studio. → Read More

Where to Find Native American Culture and a Good Read

Birchbark Books & Native Arts, owned by the novelist Louise Erdrich, provides indigenous-language guides, literature and crafts — and the latest best sellers. → Read More

Collecting Your Thoughts Is Good. Organizing Them Is Even Better.

Today’s apps, services and hardware make it easy to jot, sketch and save the things that inspire you. → Read More

Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels

Even in today’s digital world, notes sent under a formal letterhead can help get the right message across. Here’s how to make your own powerful design with just a few keystrokes. → Read More

How to Add Hollywood Special Effects to Your Videos

With your smartphone, inexpensive software and a bit of cloth or paper, you can make your own “green screen” movies. → Read More

A Southern Bookstore Serving Up a Little Bit of Everything

For bibliophiles with plenty of time to browse, Richmond’s Chop Suey Books offers a feast of “gently used” books packed into its two-floor store. → Read More

How to Take Music Lessons Whenever (and Wherever) Works for You

Playing an instrument can be a rewarding hobby, but if finding the time and a teacher is a challenge, many apps can help get you started. → Read More

How to Make a 3-D Model of Your Home Renovation Vision

Before you get out the hardware, use software like free floor-plan apps and augmented-reality tools to sketch out the ideas for your remodeling projects. → Read More

Where the Thirst for Literature Meets the Thirst for Beer

Books & Brews — a combination bookstore, nanobrewery and “place for people without a place” — has found its own place in Indianapolis and beyond. → Read More

How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos

If the march of time is eroding your personal picture archive, give your beloved images new life. → Read More

Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps

Holiday gatherings offer a great time to create a multimedia digital archive of interviews with your relatives so they can share their memories with the current — and future — branches of the tree. → Read More