Using Workspace to catalog your collections
When I was younger and my eyesight was more sharp, I was a collector of United States coins. I lost interest as it became more difficult for me to discern fine details, and I sold off most of my collection, but I did keep a few pieces for sentimental value.
I wish I had a tool like Kerio Workspace before I had sold.
Isn't that nice? A little work with a digital camera, some explanatory text and a few appropriate web page links and look how much more interesting this collection is.
Of course you might also include how you obtained each coin - I inherited that half cent piece from my grandfather, for example, but purchased or traded for other pieces. Documenting the value and original cost could be important for insurance purposes, too.
I also collected stamps, but gave away or sold all of those. These are a few revenue stamps that I acquired more recently:
What do you collect?
Whatever you collect, you can augment it and also more easily share it with others if you put it in Workspace. A stamp collecting club might have a Workspace instance where club members can post interesting stamps from their own collections and share knowledge with other members. An antique car club might do the same.
What will this cost?
Best of all, this is probably something that will cost you nothing. The Starter Edition of Kerio Workspace is only limited by total data storage - 10 GB if you register with Kerio. That 10 GB limit is tens of thousands of typical images, perhaps many tens of thousands: you might be hard pressed to exceed that with any collection you own.
Download the free Starter edition from Kerio's web site.. It's simple to install on your own computer (no server needed, Windows or Mac) and includes a tutorial that will help you get started quickly.
If you do manage to exceed the storage limits, Kerio Workspace is not expensive. Contact me for pricing.
I'd love to be able to revisit my old collection. Right now, the memories exist only in my head, but I'm thinking of recreating it in Workspace. It's fairly easy to find images of coins, stamps or most anything else on the web, and I'm sure that with a little work I could find images that at least very close to what I remember. I can rebuild my collection virtually at no cost other than my time. I think that will be fun and satisfying.
But why stop there? I could never afford many of the more rare coins, but I can find beautiful full-color images on the web, many of which are freely available for non-commercial use. I can have a "collection" that includes rarities that would be impossible to actually own.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
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