Where to begin…

I’ve been hanging around technology for at least 35 years and have been laughed at because of it, have cursed it under my breath and have had a lot of fun using it.  Sort of like a lot of my other friends.  The thing about technology is that it is changing (again, like my other friends.)  Technology is a great platform from which to explore new concepts.  The concepts that are most strange are usually the ones that are years ahead of their time.

History and me…

It’s also interesting to see how technology evolves and to see how I’ve changed with the technology.  At one time I was a programmer (using a Commodore 64 and then an Apple IIc.)  Thankfully, I outgrew that and became an end user.

The PCs, laptops and tablets I’ve owned or used include Commodore 64, Apple IIc, IBM compatible AT, Sony VAIO, HP Media Center, Dell Core I3 laptop, HP 6 core desktop, Gateway Core i5, Samsung 7 10″ tablet running Windows 8.1,  IPad, Windows Surface.  All of these computers are over three years old now (except for my son’s Surface.) All my current computers run fine with nary a complaint.  Sad to say, some have gone to that great technology burial site called Goodwill (they recycle old technology.)

My operating systems have included DOS, DRDOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Apple IOS, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT and now Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT.

My portable technology has included a Handspring Visor,  HP Pocket PC, multiple Trac phones, three Virgin Mobile Androids and now a Lumia 1020 for work.

My cameras included a film based Yashica SLR film camera, a Casio camera (1.3 megapixel), a Fuji camera (7 megapixel), a Canon 8 megapixel camera, a Canon DSLR 12 megapixel camera and my phone – a Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixels.

My software has include multiple office suites (Lotus AmiPro, Quattro Pro, Presentations) , Google Docs, Open Office, Libre Office, and most currently Office 365 (and Web Office.)

Microsoft and me…

I’m a fan of Microsoft technology, having tested it and used it almost every day for the past 30 years.  Microsoft has been the foundation for hardware and software companies and has had its hand in almost every facet of technology used today.

The rest of me…

Over a 35 year technology life span, I’ve worn out a lot of equipment.  I’ve also made technology last with incremental improvements in hard disk drives, video cards, sound cards and memory.

What I sense is that our technology is lasting longer and longer and it’s not necessary to buy new hardware more  often than once every 5 years.

I enjoy writing, reading, music making and music listening, taking photographs, thinking and imagining and learning.  The Bible fascinates me.

In the coming posts, I intend to talk about and have other guests talk about using technology to accomplish the things which help make life more meaningful.  These topics will include things like Windows 8.1, Office 365 (and other suites), voice dictation, web browsers, phone technology, tablets, web based applications, cloud storage, mobile technology and trends like social networking, wearable technology, security software and health technology.

You and me…

I hope you will be ready to enjoy some of what’s going on in technology and share some of your thoughts as I share mine.

Best regards!