On this article, I’d like to talk about the “divide in technology” and how you can become proficient at solving tech problems even if you have never done it before the time doing what they want, but at times showing frustrating.
There is a fundamental divide in how people deal with tech problems. It seems that some people see computers, smartphones and other technical devices as “black boxes”, most of the time doing what they want, but at times showing frustrating errors or just plainly stopping to work.
Others (with a winking eye referred to as “tech people”) see those devices as a system of parts: hardware, software and things that run on the internet. While errors and failures are certainly annoying, they are merely symptoms that some part of the system is malfunctioning. And since it’s technology, the various components can be fixed.
The difference between those groups is that the first group is intimidated by technology — you might hear someone say “Oh, he (the computer) doesn’t like me”, as if it’s a personal thing and the technological system can be blamed. The other group doesn’t put the blame on the system as a whole, vicious entity, but instead treat it as it is: a collection of parts.
Why should you do this? Because it gives you power and control over the things you own. You are absolutely capable of fixing and repairing both software and hardware problems, once you understand the basics. And each time you succeed in fixing something, you will gain confidence and experience. Plus, it’s actually pretty fun.
As mentioned in the intro, every piece of technology is a quite elaborate collection of parts, divided into hardware and software. The hardware is the actual thing that you carry around, most of the times small boards or chips that fulfill a certain function.
It seems like a tired old joke, but it’s quite true. More than half of all errors on almost all systems can be “fixed” by turning off the system and restarting it.
This allows the system to begin with a blank slate, it reloads the software and starts all calculations afresh.
It is truly the one thing that a “tech person” will do first when trying to fix a problem. Switch everything off (completely, ideally also disconnect the power), then back on. You will be surprised how many errors are never showing up again! This technique can be adapted to resetting and reinstalling software, but we’ll get into that in a later article.
- Writers they happily take content from to publish on their site
- People they interview for their official podcasts
- Charts and graphics from other sites they write entire articles around
- Experts they’ve quoted
- Testimonials from paying customers
- Sources they reference and take statistics from
- Products and services they recommend
- The winners of awards they themselves put together
Why should you do this? Because it gives you power and control over the things you own. You are absolutely capable of fixing and repairing both software and hardware problems, once you understand the basics.
Mexican bot researcher Alberto Escorcia from LoQueSigue also received a death threat around the same time for his research exposing troll accounts that launched the hashtag #SaqueUnWalmart (“loot a Walmart”) which generated a mass panic online and painted the people participating in the gasolinazo protests as violent looters. I’m not sure if the threat Alberto received was from a “Gayo Sin Ley” account — he’s received so many death threats related to his work documenting bots & trolls it’s hard to keep track.
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