SOB Directory Entry: Simplebyte by David Canfield
Easy as Easy
There are plenty of places on the web to get detailed, highly-technical information on how to use a computer and software. What’s really hard to find is simple information for users who are not experts. David’s blog, Symplebyte.com, is designed for them. His goal is to provide easy-to-use information about computers in a format that is easy to understand.
Notes from Liz: SOB David Canfield’s blog not only lives up to its name–easy to use and understand–it’s also easy on the easy. Every post offers a simple byte of information, in the way a good newsletter on a specific topic might. You could call this the Lifehacker of computer basics–quick snippets on how to use your computer or your software to get more out of them. Though Symplebyte is written in plain language, for beginners, it’s a wealth of those bits of information that, we miss or forget as we leave our beginner status behind. Check out David’s blog, if you don’t need it, some day in the future you will know someone who will, and David is a man worth getting to know.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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Thanks for the nod and the kind review, I appreciate it. Every night as I sit down for dinner with my family I ask my kids to share with us something that they learned today. For the 11 year old it’s as much a way to try to keep her communicating with us as anything else, but even the 3 year old ‘gets it’ (if I don’t ask within a couple of minutes he’s asking me). Everyone has to participate, and even though as adults my wife and I sometimes struggle to keep the response positive, it is an effective way to make a point – never stop learning.
In that way I think our blogs are very similar, even though they focus on very different subject matter. We try to provide an avenue through which others can keep learning, a way for us to have something to share at the ‘dinner table of life’.
I am always trying to improve and refine my writing style, and your blog is a daily must read for me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on a difficult subject in a way that is easy to understand. Keep up the good work, and thanks also for helping to create a community of like-minded bloggers.
ME Strauss says
Early in my blogging career, I stopped by a blog and read something wonderful. I left a comment that said as much. I told the writer that his work had moved me, that I could feel myself walking with him as he went through the events he told.
When he game to my blog to read and remark, he mentioned you he had realized over time that having a blow is a little like having a general story . . . You have those “regulars” who come around often that you speak with and share stories with. Then every now and then a new person walks in to buy something and leaves. All of the others ask “Who was that person?” They want to know.
I think about that metaphor often. The guy in question and I visit each other’s store often and share what we see. We like the commardarie that we get as two writers who can’t find the same interchange easily in the real world without having to drive for hours to get to it.
As an ex-first grade teacher, I so love that you talk with your family at dinner. Conversation at all levels is the one way we humans have to face life on this planet without feeling we are totally alone.