Articles in Category: Editorials
While much of Ask Leo! contains my opinions on various matters relating to computers and technology as I answer various questions, these items are less about the answer, and more about what I think. Or in some cases, how I rant.
Most folks “in the industry” don’t have a sense of the average computer user. After 20 years of Ask Leo!, I’ve formed an opinion.
Interactions between software can cause unexpected side effects. If you’re experiencing a problem, it’s one more thing to look into.
There are many reasons you’re more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.
We often get forwarded email warning us about everything from lost children to free money to crooked politicians. They’re mostly bogus, and they’re known as urban legends. Here’s how to tell.
When you ask someone for help, stack the deck in your favor by painting a clear picture of the problem you’re experiencing.
I keep hearing from people who consider themselves too old. They’re not. Don’t be like them.
Buying a new machine is a common knee-jerk reaction to a bad malware infestation. And it’s wrong. Not just a little wrong — it’s completely unnecessary.
Some things never change.
Using all uppercase characters is the internet form of shouting, and is considered rude.
Believing and spreading manure — lies, falsehoods, and misleading implications — makes you look bad and makes the internet a dumber place.
The term “AI” is easily misused. I’ll describe what’s really being discussed.
Without attention, digital information decays over time. I’ll review what I think needs to happen if you want your legacy to last.
Impatience leads to frustration. Frustration leads to desperation. Desperation often leads to more problems than you started with.
Please don’t base your understanding of technology on what you see in TV and movies.
Are you afraid of your computer? I’ll look at some ways to become less fearful and more adventuresome.
A snide remark about one of my recommendations raises an important point about any recommendation you find online: there are many opportunities for abuse.
I never planned to be a writer. And yet here I am. I kinda wish I’d approached a few things differently along the way.
Yes, it’s possible. But you might want to ask a different question that will result in a more helpful answer.
Feeling reflective, I look back on my career path to see what we might learn from it that could apply to today’s youth.
Malicious intent is commonly understood to be the cause of technological trials and tribulations. It’s usually the wrong assumption to make.
Feeling like you’re “too old”? I’d like to introduce you to someone who inspires me.
Technical careers are for people with passion. If you love it, you will be good at it. I give my recommendations for a career change. Spoiler: start by doing!
Often, when people find their posts or comments removed or altered from websites they visit, they’re quick to claim their right to free speech has been violated. That’s rarely the case.
Technical aptitude and skills are important, of course. But the ability to relate to and work with the people around you is just as crucial.
The most important life skill, for everything from getting your computer fixed to becoming a highly-paid professional, may not be what you think it is.
Programming relies on skills and talents you have, and information and techniques you can learn. If you have one, the rest often comes naturally.
Computer literacy is no longer a choice, no matter how old you are. Embracing it is an important part of participating in society today.
There is one approach to life — one setting in your psyche — that affects your experience with technology much more than any lack of skill or knowledge.
When it comes to journalism and other information you read online, there’s a very strong argument that things are seriously broken. We all need to be more vigilant than ever to separate truth from falsehood and recognize what’s important over what’s popular.
Believe it or not, there’s one change you can make that can dramatically impact how well your technology works for you.
Updates to Windows seemingly can’t be trusted, and yet they’re forced on us. Something must change.
I can’t always give a straight answer, mostly because every computer is unique. My most common answer? “It depends.”
Manhole covers? Really? Interviewing for technical positions can be tricky, but it can also be fun, if you know what interviewers are looking for.
Being a computer programmer can be a fun and rewarding profession. Here’s my take on what it takes to get there; some aspects are obvious, and others are not.
Economic change is actually nothing new. I feel pretty strongly that you can’t blame the internet for the economy – find out why!
Do I have to say it? The only crash-proof technology is a good and recent backup!
Nearly 20% of people in the United States don’t have internet access. In my opinion, that’s a big problem that needs solving. I’ll explain why.
The end of an era. I share some of my thoughts on Steve Ballmer’s impending departure from Microsoft, and why it’s the right thing and the right time to shake things up.
Computers make many things easier. Personally, I can do and be more than ever before. It’s because I allow the technology to help with many of the things that I used to have to remember or know… freeing up my time for other things.
As platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux have all matured, the differences in fundamental capabilities are getting smaller – in many cases, small enough that which one you choose can often boil down to simple personal preference.
<Shudder> No, this has nothing to do with platforms. All use hex 0x09 to represent a tab character. The problem is much, much deeper than that. This is about programmers, religion, and the meaning of that lowly little character we call “tab”.
Did RSS kill the email star? Hardly … and I finally jump on the bandwagon.
In this podcast episode I talk about some of the common questions that seem to be coming from kids, and wonder … do the parents know?