Prototyping for a site

In case anyone is actually monitoring this blog, there will be what looks like random changes and features popping up as I'm experimenting with WordPress to see if it is featurefull enough to run a website for my chorus, the Seacoast Men Of Harmony, a men's chorus in the Barbershop style. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Computer savyness in non-IT users

Many IT professionals bemoan the apparent lack of computer knowledge in the users they support or otherwise provide services for. Not even ten years ago, I agreed with that - users should know more about the equipment they are using.

However, this is no longer ten years ago. This is the age of the $400 laptop PC, the smartphone and tablet. And the "wearable". Computers have transitioned into the status of an appliance, like a TV, refrigerator or car.

Auto mechanics don't expect their customers to be able to service their cars, appliance repair service techs don't expect customers to fix a refrigerator, why should we IT professionals expect our customers to be able to diagnose a system crash or upgrade hardware?  Just like their cars, refrigerators, and microwave ovens, people just expect them to work, and have a professional fix it when it breaks.

Operating one, however, that's a different issue.  Anyone using one definitely should be able to correctly operate a computer.  I don't expect my users to be able to install a printer, but they really should be able to select the printer from the list.

Test post, changing domain hosts

Nothing really exciting here, I'm in the process of changing my domain / web hosting provider and testing to make sure nothing broke.

The move is complete.  I was hosting at Pair.com, but at nearly $200 per year, they are rather expensive.  There are several well-respected and better known hosting providers that charge less than half that for roughly the same level of service.  I went with HostGator.com.

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story.

Interesting proof that Mitt Romney apparently does not care one whit about people who are of no direct service to himself.  But then again, we already knew that when he made that comment about not caring about 47% of Americans.

These people were people that believed in him and his candidacy, who were actively helping him in the election.  The article doesn't say, but it's likely that many of them were otherwise volunteers, not paid staffers.  And when Romney lost the election, they were discarded like used toilet paper, now forced to pay out of their own pockets expenses that Romney's campaign should have paid for.  I'm not usually one to applaud lawsuits, but I think this deserves one.