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OK, how do you use your computer for fun?
Hi there, I’m Leo Notenboom for askleo.com.
You know, computers are really complex, and the reason that they are complex, of course, is that they are general-purpose devices. We can use them for a large variety of things.
More commonly, the things we think of are things like say, web browsing or document creation or communication in email or instant messaging, that kind of thing. Some online shopping – those kinds of things, but I want to go a little bit deeper. I want to find out what you do with your technology for fun.
So, I’ll admit, I’m an edge case, I really am. The stuff that I do, even making this video, to me, that’s fun stuff – building my websites, answering questions, helping other people with their technology – I do that kind of stuff for fun. I know, I’m weird that way, but it is what it is.
But I also do some of the more traditional things you might think of. I do play World of Warcraft. I play with digital photography. I’ve actually become, I don’t want to say proficient, but I have fun in Photoshop. I have a huge music library that I listen to on my technology, and by my technology, I mean that I can listen to it on my computer, on my phone, on my tablet, wherever I might happen to be.
Same thing with Kindle. We have a large library of books in Kindle format. In fact, I have books that are even not in Kindle format that I use and read regularly again on any of the platforms that I happen to be using at the time. I look at fun and educational videos and of course, like probably half the people on the planet, I actually look at Facebook and see what’s coming across there every day.
You get the idea – there’s a lot of stuff that I do for fun that’s actually normal stuff that other people would consider to be fun too. So, what I’m curious about is how do you use technology for fun? Or to relax? Or for enjoyment in general?
Now, if you’re one of those people who right now are just shaking their heads who can’t, who, technology to them is anything but fun, the concept just doesn’t even make sense in that it does anything but help you relax, well, you’ve got my sympathy.
It’s one of the reasons that Ask Leo! exists, because I really want to make technology work for you and for others, but I also you want to understand that you’re missing out. You’re missing out on a lot. Computers and mobile devices today, they open worlds of not just games and frivolous stuff if you want to consider what’s going by on Facebook frivolous. The kind of things that allow people to connect and really engage in their world – everything from education to reading to music to basically anything you can think of – that’s out there and available at your fingertips.
So, have a look at the kinds of things I just mentioned that I do and what I’m hoping other people will share in the comments to this video. So for everyone else, what is it you do? How do you have fun with technology? What kinds of unique and innovative ways are you using technology to bring enjoyment to your life or to bring enjoyment to the lives of others. It’s one of the really big, potential uses of technology.
When I say “technology” I mean your PC, of course, your computer, your mobile phone, your tablets, whatever you want to throw into that bucket, let me know what you do with it. Let me know how you have fun with it; let me know how it’s making your life better. I think that, well, for one thing, I’m just really curious.
I mean, like I said, I’m an edge case, I think about these things really differently, and that means it’s sometimes hard for me to sort of have a light bulb moment and say, yeah, I can see that makes a lot of difference for a lot of people.
But also, as I mentioned a moment ago, there are lot of people for whom technology is most decidedly not fun, and I’d love to see some more ideas and thoughts on how to use it in ways that will make it more appealing to more people, so let me know what you do with your technology – what’s fun, what’s educational, what doors has it opened for you.
So, as always, (you know the drill by now) as always if you’re watching this anywhere but on askleo.com there’s a URL, I’ll put it right here, go to that page, that page will have this video and moderated comments. Let me know what you think. Let me know how you’re having fun with your technology.
I have fun with it every day just doing this kind of stuff. What do you do? Let me know. I look forward to your comments. As always, I read them all. I can’t respond to everyone, but like I said, they all get read and I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great week.