As I think about my goals for 2016, I really what to better define my online technology universe, the other websites of Guru42 besides GeekHistory. I am looking for honest feedback to the question, "What do you hate most about technology?"
Over the next few weeks I'll be throwing out some questions on social media along with a link to this blog post. If you don't mind sharing your thoughts, please post them to the Guru42 Facebook page or follow the Guru42 twitter account and look for one of my questions on this topic. I have a lot of notes on using technology, and many common questions, but I am really looking forward to some fresh feedback to stir up some brain waves.
If you don't know where to begin, let me throw out some thoughts to get you started. I hate the myth that technology makes you smarter! It doesn't! Seriously, do smartphones really make you feel smarter? I am just as smart using technology as I am without it, just more efficient. When I screw up, I can do it more efficiently.
From my perspective as geek and guru I have been busy in recent weeks working on GeekHistory.com. As my personal outlet to educate and share ideas on the history of technology I hope to draw attention to the many forgotten geeks that have contributed to the evolution of technology.
It concerns me that so many myths and legends are becoming accepted as facts on the internet. I hate the mentality that Google and Wikipedia have all the answers. Google filters the results based on what Google thinks. What you see on Wikipedia can be biased in ways you are not aware of. People often answer questions from their perspective, from their world. They don't consider they are looking at the quesion strictly from their eyes.
I've been involved in technology all my life, and I am fascinated with the history of technology. Sometimes when answering a question, and looking at other answers, I realize that the perspective of people outside the US is very different from mine. Even living on the East Coast of the US, where there is a lot of technology, the perspective of things can be very different from someone in a rural area in the midwest, where they don't have the best internet connection or cell phone service.
I've been hanging out on various online communities since the internet went commercial back in the mid 1990s. Back in the days of Compuserve they called them SIGs, Special Interest Groups. I've been through the evolution of special interest groups, to bullentin boards, and online communities. Sometimes answering a question helps me to rethink things for myself, gets me to see things in ways I have not seen them before. I've never physically left North America, been to Canada and Mexico, but not beyond that. Thanks to the internet I have people who I consider a friend all over the world. That's pretty cool. I keep in touch via social media with many people I have connected with online over the years.