Tech Savvy: Thanks for the memories
Hey there, Tech Savvy fans! This week will mark the end of an era, but also the beginning of another.
After nearly four years of writing Tech Savvy, I am handing the reins over for the weekly column. I can't begin to describe how happy I have been writing about something I love for so long, and being able to share that information with all of you. Have no fear, Tech Savvy will continue to thrive in the future as our team of experts in our newsroom will take over the task of bringing the top trends, devices and information to you on a regular basis.
I want to thank all of you, our readers, for sticking with me as I stumbled through learning with you about all the great technology that has become available in the recent years, and to also thank you for your support, encouragement, and the letters I have received.
This week, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and recap some of the highlights through the years, and share some final thoughts with you.
It's hard to believe that Tech Savvy began nearly four years ago, with our first article running July 1, 2012. I remember when we first approached our editor about the idea and he encouraged us to run with it. It was equally hard to believe that my cohort in Tech Savvy, Jessi, moved onto other opportunities just a few short months later and I made the decision to continue the column alone. I am so glad that I did.
Since that first article we have published 150 Tech Savvy columns. I don't think we ever missed a week. Soon, what was a hobby and passion of mine became a near obsession to share everything I possibly could with as many people as possible. All told, that obsession resulted in 150 articles, three gift guides, at least a couple multi-part series and a partridge in a pear tree.
Thanks to all the readers who submitted questions for me, it was wonderful to provide some insight and to learn with you on so many subjects I wasn't familiar with. That's the great thing about learning as a group—everyone learns something.
On that note, I would like to remind you of one more tech related side project—Tech Bytes. Meeting the third Tuesday of each month, Tech Bytes is designed to help introduce members of the tech community with fellow enthusiasts and community members who just want to know more about tech and provide a place where people can come ask questions and join in the conversation. The next one is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 19; check the Facebook page for more details: www.Facebook.com/BLATechBytes. I would love to know that you can find one more source of information here in the area, and this is going to be a great way to stay on top of top tech trends, especially in the area.
I loved hearing when readers would be able to take something I'd written about and put it to good use for themselves, it was very encouraging to know the column was serving a purpose in our community.
So thank you, thank you all, for your support and enthusiasm as I shared my infatuation with technology with you, it was incredible.
On that note, let me leave you with a few parting comments that you can ponder.
I wrote a few weeks back regarding Apple vs. the FBI, and how it could become a slippery slope and the battle rages on, with heavy hitters like Bill Gates playing the severity down, while others are still applauding Apple's stance. I continue to believe that the goal of a ruling against Apple is to set precedent on what lengths the FBI can go to and will be dangerous for consumer privacy. Don't get me wrong, I don't condone terroristic activities in the least, but with the other options that are already currently available, this is merely a show of force attempt.
Keep your eyes on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. I know, I know, I've been preaching that for two years and nothing has really materialized out of it but just wait—I have a feeling that this will burst on the mainstream before long. I also think that education will be a major influence on AR adaptation; this type of technology can provide a new way of learning and training that has not been possible before.
I've also mentioned it before, but I find myself encouraging people more and more to utilize YouTube as a quick reference guide for so many things. For example, I really am not familiar with cars, but this past week I learned how to change out the starter on one of our vehicles. Those with any experience with them will probably chuckle, because it turns out it's pretty simple, but it was something I could not do two weeks ago, and now I can.
Environmental technology has seen, and will continue to see, a huge push in the near future—solar, wind and water power will be a major focus on a global scale and technology will likely lead the charge on this. The great news about this is that changes like this have to be involved at a consumer level. If everyone isn't on board there won't be success. This means that there are tons and tons of really cool gadgets and gizmos on the horizon for you, and with manufacturing technology continually improving, prices will likely be affordable.
There will also be a lot of discussion and concern regarding consumer privacy and policy, especially with Apple's spat with the FBI in full swing. There are really two things to keep in mind—those that are truly concerned with remaining anonymous in the digital world can only really do so if they have not used anything connected to the Internet. Even if your name isn't recorded, you are still tracked by unique IP addresses and other information. Sure, professional hackers can avoid much of that, but that's not most us, is it. So even though the attempt at anonymity is futile, it doesn't mean that we can just run rampant with disregard for our online safety. It is still important to know what is included in terms of service and what information may be shared when you sign up for things like contests.
Well, that's all for me. I leave you in good hands and will miss the thrill of writing this column each week. Thanks again for the memories.