From reading my blog you may have noticed that I have a lovely husband. So supportive of my craft, funny, helpful, full of good advice and yet a typical guy with interests of a manly sort. He fully supports me and takes a real interest in my crochet, and I do the same for him. His “thing” is gadgets / computers / technology.
Just like I can’t get enough of reading crafty blogs, he can’t get enough of gadgety blogs. It was logical therefore the he would also start a blog. His blog is called TechnoPhobix.
The blog is aimed at Average Joe and Average Jane who sees all the wonderful computery things, and want to use it, but don’t know enough to really utilise it fully. You know what I mean. You see people watching movies on their iPhone, listing to their iPod, posting Instagram photos in blogs, or reading a book on Kindle and deep down you know you want a piece of that action. However, it just seems so daunting! How do you get that Neil Diamond CD from your CD collection onto your desktop PC and then onto the iPod*? And that’s only after you’ve plucked up the courage to go to a PC shop / Apple store to buy the iPod! It’s really extremely intimidating. I always think salespeople can smell fear and when they do, they think “this one will buy anything I tell her to buy” – which is spot on.
Just as I, as crochet fanatic have a big stash of yarn, John, as technology fan has bought a lot of gadgets for our home. (I’ve never told John not to buy something because I know he would have done his research beforehand, and after 10 years of marriage I know that if he buys something, we will use it and we will be glad we have it.)
We have an iPad which I use to read electronic versions of magazines. So handy! We use a Samsung television as a PC monitor (who would have thought?!) and we even have a projector in our bedroom so that we can watch movies on the Big
Screen Wall in bed. I used to have the smallest, most basic mobile phone. I always thought it’s overkill for me to have one with apps and funky stuff. Eventually I upgraded to a Samsung Wave Smartphone, thinking that it would be just as good as John’s iPhone. Nope it wasn’t. I’m a iPhone fanatic now and actually quite sorry I didn’t get one earlier!I would never have had these fun and innovative things in my life if it wasn’t for him, but I’m so glad I do!
If I weren’t married to him and bought an iPhone or iPad or whatever, I know I wouldn’t have known enough, or had enough confidence, to set it up properly and utilise it to its fullest potential.
That’s where John’s blog comes in.
Between those who don’t care about technology and those that love it, are those that wish to use technology to enrich their lives but are too intimidated by all the options, acronyms and terms. My wish is to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with this group by explaining exactly what these terms mean, which items to buy and how to use them.
With videos and tutorials he explains to the Average Joe and Average Jane what to do so that you can get the most out of technology. No-one explains technological things the way he does. Honestly. He explains, and writes his blog, the same way he explains it to me and I get it! Now, that’s saying a lot!
He even has a tab on his blog called “Geek Speak Dictionary“. Once you’ve read about HDMI cables on his blog, you will know exactly what it does. The Geek Speak Dictionary is a work in progress – you can imagine how many acronyms and terms there are in the computer world that need explaining! I’ve given him a list of things I would like explained and it’s a long list!
If you have anything you would like explained, or shown how to do, you can contact him on the “Contact me” tab.
As with any other WordPress blog, you can follow him via email and he also has a Facebook page.
Hopefully, after watching one of his videos, or reading a blog post, you will look at that Neil Diamond CD and your iPod* and say “A monkey can do it! Thanks John!”
*John explains exactely how, here.