Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance Since 1983
My name is Mark Edward Soper, and I'm your blog host this session. Let's start out with some AQ (I'm omitting the 'F' because I don't know how frequently these questions have been asked).
Q. So what have you been up to the last 24 years?
A. I'm a technology survivor: I've survived the home computer/video game crash of 1983-84, the war between PC-DOS and CP/M (CP/M lost, by the way), the war between WordPerfect and MS Word (WordPerfect's still yelling 'it's only a flesh wound!'), the war between MS-DOS and DR-DOS, and the transformation of Microsoft Windows from a lousy word processing and drawing program to the most popular operating system (and biggest malware target) around.
Q. Sounds like you've had to reinvent yourself a few times.
A. Absolutely. And I don't see any signs of stopping. I spent most of the 1990's in three parts of the technology world at the same time: providing training for local and national clients (literally from Maine to Hawaii); writing several book-length training manuals (often after teaching a class all day); writing well over 125 magazine articles. I unpacked my suitcase in early 1999 and decided technology writing was a great way to get off the road.
Since then, I've authored or co-authored 18 books (number nineteen's on the way), and contributed to many more, on topics ranging from Windows Vista to broadband Internet, home networking to digital photography, and CompTIA A+ Certification to upgrading PCs. I've also written content for a major provider of online hardware and software tutorials and continue to show up on newsstands from time to time. I understand the constant need to learn, develop, grow, and change in this field because I've been doing it myself - and continue to do so.
Q. Are you still teaching?
A. Yes, I am. I teach a variety of short courses in subjects like digital photography, photo editing, and other applied technology topics for a local community college. It help keeps me in touch with users' needs and current technology.
Q. Why should I read your blog?
A. I'll keep you informed (and, sometimes, entertained) on a variety of topics: news, tips, and tricks for A+ Certification, Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista , digital imaging, PC upgrades, and wireless networking are some of the topics you can expect to see pop up here.
Q. I'm looking forward to it.
A. That was a statement, not a question...but that's all right. I am, too!
Q. One more question: what's with the three-name thing?
A. There's an actor named Mark Soper. He doesn't want to answer technology questions, and I don't want to be on Broadway. So far, it's working out pretty well.