Welcome to my technology blog! ScrabbleGrrl and I can go back and forth on other topics on my original blog but this is about my own use of tech toys.
The tech topics I present here are from my own direct experience. Currently, there is no sponsorship; if I don’t buy it, I can’t talk about it. I have even less to play with these days: the economy has made my employer reduce my salary. Soooo, when I make purchases, I am usually really choosy; I don’t expect to have any significant “buyer’s remorse” after the endorphins (from the fun of shopping) wear off…
As an education undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma, I worked with “The Book Company” while I was the proud owner of the Commodore 64 and contributed almost fifteen reviews to the 1985 edition of the The Book of Commodore Software. When I purchased the Apple IIc later, the reviewed almost a dozen software packages – mostly educational – before this company folded. Also, no Book of Apple Software.
>When I began work as a graduate teaching assistant (1986), I got the bright idea to do a television show which had a four episode run on the university’s public access channel of the cable system at the time. A friend from OACES (Oklahoma Amiga Computer EnthusiastS) – Gary Dominguez – joined me for some appearances. Many of my fellow TAs and staff members were enlisted and assisted in the production tasks. Computer Savvy was more of a show-and-tell of the latest gadgets than a review show, but many vendors generously provided software to be demonstrated on the show. Since I was acquainted with some influential people through my membership of local Apple users groups, I was able to elicit support from Apple Computer via a “pre-production” loaner of the Apple IIGS a full month before it was available for end-user purchase! A special “ideas” show featured my brother Reggie, Gary, and even Norma Y. Butler, my beloved supervisor at my other job (a nurse’s aide)!!!
Since then, I have continued to enjoy seeing and experiencing many tech trends. Trends that started innocuously as novelties but are now taken for granted as crucial aspects of American daily life. Writing about these became a regular activity for me. I served as newsletter editor for the Norman Apple Users Group and OACES, where most of this writing was in the reviewing of software and hardware.
In the mid-90s, Ellen Cotton, another friend from OACES, introduced me to the Internet, the World Wide Web and created web pages. Those early pages in Netscape were so inspiring, I was soon developing an early departmental website for the Norman Public Schools’ Professional Development Center. Not long after, I was tapped to create and maintain all of the websites for the other Professional Development Centers around the state of Oklahoma as well as special sites for the Norman Schools. Until I left Oklahoma and my public school teaching career in 2002, I continued to provide contract website design and services to organizations such as the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (which honored me with their Media Service Award in 2001) and video production (including early web video) to the Oklahoma Bankers Association and bankersonline.com.
From my place in Henderson, Nevada, I continue to marvel at the new possibilities in devices and software that can both entertain and educate us, in technologies that make us look at the world in new ways (or make the world look different in others…). Looking back: when I was the first in my circle to buy an iPod (a third generation one), no one knew what to make of it. They asked “what” and “why”. Now the iPod is truly iconic of the technology, is ubiquitous and is entertaining as well as useful. I now have a collection that still includes that original iPod purchase, another later generation iPod, the “original” 8-gig iPhone and the current iPhone 3GS and various accessories.
Hopefully, this space in the blogosphere will be one at which you can occasionally find a useful tip or tidbit. Maybe we will encounter and nurture the next trends together…here…
Visit again when you can!!!