Ever since Moses had his chat with a “burning bush” it’s been:
The Ten Best Dressed , The Ten Most Wanted, up until Woodrow Wilson tried to save Europe from itself with his: “Fourteen Points”.
Georges Clemenceau famously remarked: “here he comes with 14 Points when Ten were enough for the Lord Jehovah!”
Obviously since he managed to shoehorn them into “The Treaty of Versailles” trying out do The Lord has fallen out of fashion.
I am going to list my:
Ten Essential Guide Posts
For navigating in “the digital world”:
1. Passwords are not like black sox, one size does not fit all,
2. Passwords are “case sensitive” e-mails & domains are not!
3. Each of us is one keystroke from disaster
4. Technology will let you down & at the worst possible moment,
5. It’s not a matter of what to do, if your device fails, it’s what you are going to do when it fails,
6. Every device needs a backup and/or restore copy,
7. Even Wikipedia can be wrong,
8. Nobody knows everything, it’s not necessary to be smarter than everyone, just smarter than the next guy,
9. If it looks/sounds too good to be true it probably is!
10. Over sixty-five does not equate to “terminally” stupid
On a personal level I would like to know: how to get more kernels to pop in microwave popcorn?
FYI/The magnet in your smartphone is too small to demagnetize any “key card”
Writing this list was fairly easy, getting it down to ten essential truths/guideposts was the hard part, but at least it’s given me an idea as a “new” department (newspapers call them features), which I can add to my podcast iPhone and Me™/Daily so I can “expand” on these ideas in an ever-changing landscape, perhaps more people will seek out my material.
Bonus Tip number 11 — A sharpened number two yellow never needs charging, if it has a usable eraser will never let you down!
Bonus Tip #11a/R — Those of us “engaged” in/on “social media” are really disengaged.
In 1962 Andy Warhol famously remarked: “in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”. Little did he know, thanks to the Internet everyone can be famous for 15 seconds each and everyday!
John MaGuirk is a blogger/podcaster his blog wired615senior can be found on WordPress (firstname.lastname@example.org) find his twice monthly podcast Wired615Senior in the iTunes Directory. Look for his forthcoming e-book “Managing Your Digital Footprint”.
PS I think Miss Cornwall would be proud of me for this!
FYI/regular listeners know Miss Cornwall was my sixth grade English teacher, a serious “blue haired” lady who taught us to look at newspapers for examples of good writing.
Previously published as a “podcast”
From his forthcoming E-book “wired senior” formery Mob Management (copyright applied for)
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