MegaBites

This is the first instalment of a weekly column that will look at emerging technologies, rehash some existing one, and discuss what it all means for the average user.
The title of the column is a bit of a play on words meant to express the fact that often times technology can be frustrating and confusing, to say the least.
One of the inspirations for this column is my friend, Cory Westover, and his approach to helping clients make sense of the array of technologies that drive their websites.
He has a compelling way of finding the most astute comparisons and metaphors to help frame these technologies within ideas and concepts plucked directly out of everyday life.
For my own part, my emphasis in approaching technology is on the ideas behind the technologies. My belief is that once you understand the broader concepts behind a given technology, the minute details of how it is implemented become unimportant.
Too often we get caught up in the how and pay little or no attention to the why, and before we know it, we are lost in a bunch of details that really serve us no good purpose.
I suppose Cory would say something like “You can be a good driver without knowing how to build a car.”
So we will look at the challenges that different technologies are meant to address, the social responses to those technologies, and the historical evolution of various technologies.
The emphasis on these broader ideas and concepts hopefully will make the material more appealing and easier to remember later on when you may actually need it.
And with this information, you hopefully will be able to make better use of the technologies that make up your day-to-day life, become better informed consumers, and, who knows, maybe even come up with some ideas of your own to help address the challenges of the future.
So, I welcome any feedback you might have or suggestions for topics that you would like to learn more about. You can address your comments to megabites@timeswebdesign.com and I will do my best to respond to all your messages.
There also will be an online version of this column at www.timeswebdesign.com/megabites.
As well, you can find the column at www.fftimes.com/columns (where there will be more information about the topics we discuss, as well as links to other resources and sites).
So I look forward to hearing all you have to say—and getting a chance to help provide you with useful tools to make your life a little easier.
Troy L’Hirondelle is a programmer and systems administrator at Times Web Design.

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