“What resources do you use to stay technologically savvy? My techy kids are leaving me on the sidelines. I had one call me a dinosaur today. Just learning when some of the urban legends go around about settings on Facebook or the latest app or writing helping technology have me baffled. If I could find who to follow for the latest news on tech items and gadgets.”
Well, let me first say that this is probably a bigger topic than I can answer in a blog post, but I’ll give it a whirl.
I don’t want to become a dinosaur either. In fact, I think it’s important as we grow older that we challenge our brains by learning new things. I’ve become quite the “texter” in the past couple of years, something I never expected to happen. So why did it? Because my teenaged grandkids pretty much only text, which means their moms (my daughters) have learned to mostly text, which means I needed to learn to do the same. Now I text my best buddies and my DH as well.
When I bought my first computer in 1984, I took to it like a duck to water. Same with MP3 players and digital TVs and DVRs and DVDs and smartphones and digital cameras. Same with web sites (I design my own) and email. Because I enjoy these technological advances, I also enjoy reading up on them. I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m often the go-to person at the start of trying to figure something out. (If you want something lovely and tasty from the kitchen, contact Tamera Alexander. But if Facebook leaves you puzzled, I might be able to help. LOL!)
My primary area of interest is Apple products. I am a total and complete Mac Addict (MacBook, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and the software and apps I can use on them). So that is where I focus most of my reading. I subscribe to Macworld Magazine and I read each issue when it arrives, even the stuff that doesn’t interest me as much. I also follow a number of technology blogs, all but one of them Apple related. But they often touch on Facebook and Twitter and other social media as well. Here are a few of the blogs I always read:
- Walt Mossberg’s Personal Technology on AllThingsD blog (he covers all different kinds of things and I trust his voice; he doesn’t post frequently but I always read when he does)
- OSX Daily blog
- iMore blog
- Apple Blog