Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday. Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology.
Over the last few months I’ve done a number of series on Tech Tuesday, but today I’m feeling rather tired of what I’ve been writing. To break up the monotony, I’ll tell you why I find pleasure in learning about technology. Why do you find pleasure in your discipline?
Technology is an achievable challenge to me. It’s rare I meet a problem I can’t solve with some heavy duty Googling.
Can you really hate technology when the humor inherent in the discipline is so excellent? Who else gets to consider textbooks with the title of RTFM: Red Team Field Manual (a hat tip to an old tech saying, “Read the F***ing Manual”)? I’ll be the first to admit that the practitioners in my field tend to be pretty crass, but you can’t beat the t-shirts.
You don’t have to look far in my field to find friends and a sense of belonging. Technologists tend to be a breed all their own…a breed that has always had trouble fitting in and is thus anxious to find like-minded souls. One email exchange is often enough to get you a LinkedIn request!
If you know how to work on cars, how to buy/fix/use computers, and how to cook your own food, you can save thousands and thousands of dollars over your lifetime. A knowledge of technology has definable value.
Closely related to the value of my technology knowledge is the resultant autonomy that I have. I’ve never taken a computer to Best Buy for service. I’ve never replaced a computer because it had a virus. I often own my computers until the hardware is no longer supported by the latest operating systems and software. I rely on myself for my technology needs.
What about you?