Introduction

A confession:

I’m not as young as I used to be.

Back in the day, I used to be known as a young Turk, a whiz kid, a young man with potential. But I’m no longer Turkish, don’t have a lot of whiz left, and long ago gave up on realizing that potential thing. I got older.

Somewhere along the line I acquired a big house and a bigger mortgage, got married (to my high school sweetheart), and inherited kids (well, stepkids) and grandkids (also stepped). I look at what all the younger people in my household are doing and realize that I’m not doing anything remotely like that anymore. I’m an old guy kind of set in his ways—including the way I use technology.

Now, I write a lot of books about technology. To some degree, how a 50-year-old person ...

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