We here at MakeUseOf have technology oozing from our pores. We eat, sleep, and breathe tech to the point that our lives are somewhat consumed by this vast subject and all its various intersecting strands.
We’re only here to entertain and inform you, the MakeUseOf readership, without whom this website would be absolutely pointless. So we asked you to tell us what instills passion in your hearts – the answer to which follows this overlong lede.
20 Shades Of Geek
We asked you, What Tech Topics Are You Passionate About? The response was tepid, with only a handful of comments being submitted. Which suggests that divulging which tech topics you’re passionate about isn’t something you’re particularly passionate about doing. Ironic.
Still, despite the low number of comments received, those who did deem us worthy of their time and attention delivered above and beyond the call of duty. Which means we have been able to compile a list of tech topics at least some members of the MakeUseOf readership find extremely interesting.
Here is that list of tech topics presented for your delight in no particular order.
- Website Building
- Online Privacy
- Staying Anonymous
- Affordable Gadgets
- Ethical Hacking
- Free Stuff
- Accessibility Issues
- Legacy Products
- Scientific Discoveries
- Cloud Computing
It’s good to see that many of the tech topics you are passionate about are those already covered here at MakeUseOf. Linux, WordPress and Web development, and affordable gadgets all get extensive coverage. And more niche subject matters such as Bitcoin, VPNs, MOOCs, and podcasting have all been lavished with a little attention over the years.
There are other suggestions within that list that haven’t, as of yet, come under our radar. But now that we know someone out there is interested in reading about these subject matters they may well do so in the future. Which was the whole point of the exercise.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Shawn, KT, and Von Adam M. Comment Of The Week goes to David O, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
As a disabled computer user (so yes, I imagine I am somewhat biased, lol) I often find that l have tech questions relating to disability. Of course the web is a treasure trove of information and with searching, answers can usually be discovered somewhere . It would be wonderful if articles presented here, could, where appropriate, have a few lines that touched on the topic’s possible use or application to those in the disabled community.
I am not talking about a site devoted exclusively to the disabled, there are many of these already. I am merely suggesting that people with all sorts of disabilities are finding computers are portals to a large and exciting world.
So for example, an article expounding on the virtues of a new gadget or technique, could have some information on how accessible it is (or isn’t) for a blind person or mobility impaired. I suppose I am talking more about increased awareness within topics, rather than dedicated topics.
Just some food for thought.
We chose this comment because it’s the only one which exhibited the passion for a tech topic we were hoping to see. It also raises an important subject matter — that of accessibility for disabled computer users — that sadly doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.
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