My Family

I write this blog to answer questions and make recommendations. I have strong opinions about technology topics, but trying to convince and educate a few people about the importance of maintaining their digital systems is hard. I hope this blog will be a resource about every topic relavent to the men and women who maintain their family’s information infrastructure and their precious digital contents like photos, videos, documents and communications.

My name is Tim and I live in Colorado. My lovely wife and I have been married for 9 years and we have one little boy with another on the way later this year. We like to read and hike. We are also involved with our local church, and we like to live a life connected to God and a community of close friends.

The blog won’t be restricted to just computer and phones and backup drives, but that will be the core of it. I want people to make good decisions with their money, time and energy. Wasting time on bad technology and annoying software takes time away from our families.

I write this for the DIYer, the maker and the fixer who knows a bit about computers but knows there is room for improvement. I will not overwhelm you with technical jargon, but I won’t write to the lowest level of knowledge either. Computer geeks and other developers like myself may find some of this blog “basic.” But, I want to explain things in a way that anyone can follow and understand as long as they have used personal computers and web services beyond the mostly-novice levels.

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This blog will attempt to provide important education and discussion on topics relevant to anyone maintaining a home full of connected devices and connected people. I will approach common problems with solutions, with an eye towards privacy, security, and practicality. Without all the shrill alarmist words that many geeks use when covering those topics.

My other blog is a personal site where I occasionally delve into geeky things. My intention is to focus the geeky things that are generally applicable to people here. I want to inform and educate other people that are wondering what the best solution might be for their various home technology maintenance conundrums. I don't believe I have the only right answers, but I love researching and thinking about the topic of home technology and personal internet policy. I'll explain what I mean in more detail as time allows.

For now I've started this blog so I can develop the ideas and find other people that might care about the same things. It will probably be in flux for a while. I love having projects to mess with. There is a book that I have begun working on, but it's not nearly even a draft yet. I want to keep working on that book and hopefully this blog will give me some motivation and some public note-taking space.

Hera are some topics I'm working on for the near future:
  • Passwords
  • Smartphone Photo Backup and Management
  • Networking and Routers
  • Email Privacy and Costs
  • The True Cost of Free Services
  • Travel
My first blog post to test the waters was about Backups.

As I make progress on the book I will post about it here. Please feel free to jump over to the Leanpub book landing page and sign up to let me know you're interested.

If you are wondering this blog is running on the MiniBlog software and is hosted on Azure.
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