There are two important reasons why this blog is different.
First of all, I have been using computers longer than almost anybody – in fact, since 1956. I hope I have learned a thing or two in all those years.
Second – and this is a crucial point – I don’t make my living from the computer industry and I have no ties to any technology companies. I don’t have to sell anything. I can say how I see it without fear of ruffling the feathers of a client or somebody important in the industry. I can be an independent voice.
I am an educator and research scientist. That means I see the computer and computing in a very different way from the typical person whose livelihood involves the computer industry. That makes this blog nearly unique. Just about all blogs that cover topics similar to this one are written by people who work in the computer world. They see things as providers of technical products and services. They have vested interests of one kind or the other. They often have connections to the giant Windows ecosystem. They have a mindset that is very different from that of consumers.
I see things as a user of technical services and products and I try to write about things from the consumer perspective. As a scientist with a technical background, I had to work at understanding how normal people look at computers and technical devices. It took me several years of volunteer teaching of SeniorNet classes before I began to understand something of what most people want from using computers and how they think about computers. But I hope I finally learned.
It’s a new year – let’s continue our mutual quest to learn about technology and to help ordinary people use it. Help me out and let me know what you want to read about, either in the comments or by using the contact form. It promises to be an exciting year.