The Tech World Through My Eyes

This is my first post for the Geeknews Central Network and I would like to thank them for this opportunity.  Since this is my first post I decided it would be a good idea to tell everyone a little bit about me.    I never saw or even heard of a computer growing up other then in science fiction books.  The ones that did exist were found mainly at the defense department and maybe some major universities.  There was no such thing as the Internet or the Worldwide Web and both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were still in short pants.  The first computer that I saw was when I went to college.  It was a large main frame computer, which you sat outside of and in put a program one line at a time.  There were no personal computers and you had to schedule time to use the computer room.  The first personal computer I had was a Compaq Presario 1400 with Windows 95 on it.  Like a lot of people my first introduction to the world wide web was through AOL and then Netscape.

Fast forward 14 years and you will currently find me using a Macbook or a Mac mini and my browser of choice is Firefox.  I can connect to the Internet at home or at my local coffee shop at speeds that allow me to listen to audio and even watch streaming video at a quality that was unimagined of ten years ago.   If you want to search for information you can find it using Google or Yahoo within a few key strokes.  Instead of reading about the news in morning newspaper or waiting to  watch it on the 7:00 P.M. news, we have RSS readers that bring the news we are interested in directly to our desktop often as soon as it occurs.   We can connect and have conversations with friends and strangers from around the world through applications such as Twitter or Friendfeed in real time.   For those of you who have just graduated college or high school this world seem perfectly normal and expected, however for us of an older generation this can be both mind boggling and amazing at the same time.  If you were to ask me the one attribute that I possess that has helped me keep up with all the changes, it would be curiosity.  If I am presented with a new gadget or application I have to try it, I am what you would call an early adopter.  With this background I hope to give an unique perspective on todays tech world, whether its the growing arena of the real time web, web applications or any technology that happens to raise my curiosity.  If you want to follow me on Twitter or Friendfeed, I am listed under klandwehr and you can contact me by email at kim.landwehr@gmail.

(Originally post 4/4 corrected on 4/5 editing error)