People often ask us, “How do you keep up? How do you learn?”
Our first answer is that we’ve been fanatic about technology since the early 80s. Both Jim and Chris have made their living in the technology support industry since those years. We live and breathe technology and soak it up like a sponge. We read incessantly, watch others’ videos and follow other YouTubers. And, we play. We download software and play with it. I recently bought an Apple watch so I could play with it. Jim bought a 3D printer for the same reason.
We also depend on our friends. These are people we have met over the years who share our passion for learning (and teaching) technology. We’ll start this month by telling you about 2 of them.
Tinkering with Tech
We need to keep making, and improving, our videos and our live-streaming on YouTube. We learn a lot in this area from Michael Daniels and Heather Kraafter, aka Tinkering with Tech. Michael is amazing with his mastery of all things Google as well as all the special tools for video production and Live Streaming such as Camtasia, YouTube, Streamyard, OBS, Stream Deck, and many more. Heather has been live-streaming her craft show for many years and If you are a content creator and want to keep up with the latest tech, you can’t do better than to join the Tinkering with Tech group to get daily tips and weekly workshops on the most important tools and techniques.
We’ve known Michael for many years, first interacting in the Google Plus group that got together to learn about using Hangouts on Air. When that was discontinued, he helped us learn OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) and other tools. You can learn lots from their public website at TinkeringWithTech.net, but the real benefit comes from joining the private community for $10/mo then you get to attend meetings and get personalized help and support. To find out more, visit the public website and scroll down. You’ll see a video that explains it all, and a button to Join Now.
Tech for Seniors
What’s going on? Give me ideas! Tech for Seniors is a weekly, one hour variety show of Tech tips for seniors. It is hosted by Ron Brown and Hewie Poplock. We’ve known Ron and Hewie for many years through their computer clubs where we have presented seminars. Whenever we are free on Monday mornings, we join their Zoom meeting and relax as Ron, Hewie, and several others entertain and educate us on everything from how a smartwatch can save your life, to how to fly a drone, to Microsoft Word’s capability to transcribe an audio file. We always pick up something when we drop in.
The Tech for Seniors show is held on Mondays at noon Eastern/9am Pacific time. Everyone is invited to the Zoom meeting, but when the start time comes they lock the meeting. There are usually about 100 in attendance. If you don’t want to be in the meeting, or you are late, you can watch the live stream on YouTube on Ron Brown’s channel.