I created the PocketPrimer blog more than 10 years ago to write about my experiences using a Pocket PC that ran an early version of the Windows Mobile OS. At first, I only wanted to create a place where I could organize and document for myself the information I gleaned from the forums, blogs, and websites that I’d visited, so I bought a domain name and started writing blog articles. Later on I started sharing links to my articles in the forums that I frequented. Over time the collection of blog articles expanded into other areas and the reader base for my articles grew.
Since then I’ve used several different makes and models of mobile devices. The mobile operating system changed from Windows Mobile 2003 to Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1, 6.5, Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and finally Windows 10 Mobile. By the time Microsoft scrapped the Windows Phone operating system I had already switched over to Android and was using my second Android phone.
I still use mobile devices, but my passion for them has faltered and waned. I’m not so captivated by them any more, and I don’t spend a lot of money on them nor do I spend a lot of time fiddling around with them. I’ve simplified and pared down the number and variety of apps that I use on a phone and I’ve reduced my dependency on them. I’ve even reverted back to using other single purpose devices to reduce my dependence on my phone and the inherent limitations, constraints and inferior performance of mobile apps. (eg, I now use a Garmin GPS when driving and carry a camera).
My professional life has also changed. When I started the blog I was teaching business classes at a large university, but for the last five years I’ve been working as an informatics analyst for a biopharmaceutical company that develops regenerative and therapeutic products from human placental tissue. When I was teaching I spent much of my time in front of the class, lecturing about analytical methods. Now I spend much of my time in front of my computer screen, using analytical methods to mine large healthcare databases.
This summer the culmination of the last few years of my working life came together in a peer reviewed article that was published by The Journal of Wound Care (“Observed impact of skin substitutes in lower extremity diabetic ulcers: lessons from the Medicare Database (2015–2018)”). I performed all of the analysis that is described in the article and I am listed as a coauthor along with several well known healthcare practitioners.
As my working life has changed, so have my technical and professional interests. Much of my focus and attention has turned towards learning about and pursuing these new interests and I haven’t devoted any time to writing articles for the blog.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the kinds of articles I’d like to write for the blog and about the things I want from a mobile device, how I want to use cloud services, how much time I want to spend on social media. I’ve taken action to focus my use of these technologies to align better with my goals and core values.
I’ve removed most of my old articles, and I’m ready to start writing again. Given my current interests, I think the articles I’ll write will be focused in 4 areas:
- Analytical Tools: As an informatics analyst I use SQL and other analytical tools every day. I’m learning new things about these tools all of the time and I’ll use the blog to help me organize and document the techniques I learn when using these tools.
- Mobility: My current phone is a Motorola One 5G Ace, which runs the Android 10 operating system so I’ll be writing about the Android OS and the apps I use.
- Cloud Services: I love how the cloud is device neutral and facilitates device independence by allowing easy access to my data as I move from device to device to device. Not all cloud services are the same, and I’ll write about and critique the several different cloud based services that I use.
- Gadgets & Software: I use Microsoft computers and software every day in both my personal and professional life as well as some other gadgets & devices. I expect I’ll write an eclectic collection of articles about these products.
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