Published on Jan 5, 2021
The internet is a place where a small bit of factual information gets twisted by emotions and exaggerations creating websites full of misinformation and mythical stories.
With the new year 2021, as I reboot the Guru42 Universe, I hope to stress the power of a tremendous communications tool to inform and inspire, and the responsibility to deliver a message truthfully with integrity.
I often ask the question, "what do you hate most about technology?" I receive great feedback on that question through social media and online forums. I hear many concerns that the world of social media is full of cute memes of oversimplified philosophy and dubious famous quotes.
When the question is asked what do you hate most about technology, one theme that comes up often is the misuse of technology. People expressed concerns that technology makes us lazy, that technology is used more as a crutch rather than a tool. Many comments told of the unfortunate perceptions of a dark side that could give people a reason to hate technology.
I share the concerns that many people raised in their comments. I will continue to push forward at the Guru42 Universe to cut through all the hype of the various fanboys, and search for the truth.
In search of Geek History
I immerse myself in researching Geek History, looking for information, and visiting various online forums. Geek History has been an ongoing journey where the more information I find, the more I want to know.
Much of what is posted on blogs and forums is often more myth than substance. The "who invented what" questions get silly at times. People argue over who gets credit for inventing something, who is smarter, who is the father of his industry. Very often one or two people get all the glory for the work of many. I look at the evolution of technology and inventions and appreciate the many inventors and their accomplishments.
When I try to put the myths and legends into some perspective, it really gets frustrating when some wacko makes comments telling me to do some research. I spend endless hours looking through newspaper and magazine articles trying to find verifiable sources of information, taking the responsibility seriously of not spreading unfounded information. One article on some conspiracy theory website with no sources listed makes a wild claim, gets a few thousand views, and a dozen other sites use that article as a reference.
I still believe the truth is out there to be discovered and the answers are not some website telling me about intelligent extraterrestrial life and vast government conspiracies.
"With great power comes great responsibility"
A major theme of the Guru42 Universe is to recognize the power of the internet as a tremendous communications tool to inform and inspire, with the responsibility to deliver a message with integrity
Let us work together to get beyond the myths and legends and overcome the reasons to hate technology.
Stay strong. Stay curious my friend.
Published on Aug 9, 2020
As I think about that question today with so many people working from home, I ask, has working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic changed any of your attitudes about technology? Hate it more? Appreciate it more?
Periodically I will shotgun the question "What do you hate the most about technology?" through the social media universe. With the rebuild and rebirth of the Guru 42 Geek Think Blog the world has changed quite a bit since I last blasted the question throughout social media.
Some people criticize the negativity of the question focused on hate. Sometimes you need to stir up some emotion to get people to share their thoughts, hate describes strong emotion. When someone says that they hate a certain technology, the hate is more emotional than logical. People hate change.
I have been working with desktop computers since the early 1980s. I earn my living managing and supporting computer networks. There has been one consistent theme throughout my career, with every new operating system that comes out there are changes.
I accept the changes, adapt and adjust, and move on, because that is the nature of being an IT professional. By getting people to tell me what they hate about technology I help them to understand that together we can learn to accept the changes, and not to get to emotional about the evolution of their computer's operating system.
Do you hate technology buzzwords?
Is technology really creating a brave new world, or simply marketing old ideas in new packages? I want to help people get beyond the hype and the buzzwords that surround the technology, and focus on the tasks performed by the tools. I want to focus on stepping away from the technology and back to the tasks. Once we get past the emotional side of technology, the things you hate, we can then focus on what are you trying to accomplish. Success is not measured by using all the tools in the box. Success is about working smarter, and using the tools that work the best for you to their fullest.
Does technology control your life?
With the rebuild and rebirth of the Guru 42 Geek Think Blog I'll be throwing out some questions on social media along with a link to this blog post to get some ideas and reactions. 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.
When I hear someone blatantly hating a certain technology, I smile. I take it with the same grain of salt as someone passionately hating a sports team, or famous athlete. The hate is more emotional than logical.
Strong emotions run in both directions. I tell people technology is not simply my job, it is my life and passion. In this case I am describing strong positive emotion.
So tell me, what do you hate most about technology?