A Fresh Start...

A Fresh Start...

This new website is a “fresh start” at creating a place to share my personal technology musings. In December 2015, I first launched the website I call “A Digital Life Examined” to share with family, friends and co-workers my personal approach to technology. As we all are aware, technology has, in a matter of a decade, become deeply imbedded in nearly every aspect of daily life. Like it or not, we are living in an increasingly digital world and the pace of change only accelerates, so each of us are faced with the choice of either hunkering down and trying to avoid or ignore “the incoming”, or else search for a way to embrace the change and make it work for us.

My initial website launch in 2015 turned out to be premature. I was still working full-time in a very demanding role of Chief Financial Officer for a large not-for-profit organization in New England, and I quickly realized I needed to feed the website a steady diet of new posts in what “spare time” I had in order to keep people engaged. I had always spent a fair amount of my working and personal life helping individual family members, friends and co-workers one-on-one by performing troubleshooting and offering tidbits of tech advice I had acquired on my own over the years. As a result, I initially created this website in 2015 to share my personal tech experiences with others in a more productive way.

Those of you who already know me are well aware that personal technology has always been a passionate avocation of mine, but clearly not my full-time job. During my career as a CFO, I also had oversight for Information Technology departments along with my responsibility for financial and facility operations, so the personal technology angle has been something that always intersected well with my work life.

Now that I am fully retired and have spent the last 18 months addressing the complexities of relocating ourselves and all our belongings from the Boston area to a wonderful community in Atlantic Canada, I am now prepared to resume in earnest the care and feeding of “A Digital Life Examined”, knowing that at last I should have the time available to keep things interesting and current for those who may discover my site.

The recent transition from work life to retired life hasn’t diminished my enthusiasm for personal technology one iota. If anything, it has provided a fresh new palette of ways to employ personal technology in my new daily life, leaving behind the work-focused environment in which I spent so many years. While this website is not directed to any specific group or age bracket, I do think it may prove particularly useful for those who may have moved to the next phase of life beyond work, but still wish to remain actively engaged, using the best that today’s digital tools have to offer.

My blog posts will have a decidedly Apple-centric focus, based on the technology choices I have made in my life. However, given that technology continues to evolve in a “platform-independent” direction, those readers whose are not familiar with Mac or iOS hardware should find many of these posts of interest.

In relaunching this site, I have included the blog posts I wrote when the site was first launched in the 2015-2016 era. I have also added a fresh blog post (including this one) for each of the eight content categories of my website so that there is some fresh content for each area of my digital life.

In summary, it’s good to be back and I hope you will enjoy “A Digital Life Examined”.

Tom May

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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