I’m the technology version of the Wizard of Oz

“Who taught you how to do that?”

“How do you know so much about this stuff?”

“How did you fix that so quickly?”

Those are just a few of the questions I hear from my colleagues on a regular basis. Apart from a general techno-sensibility, I have a bit of a secret weapon when it comes to learning tips and fixing small problems. Much like the Wizard of Oz, who appeared to solve problems and grant wishes with pure magic, I seem to magically know the answers to quirky problems. Alas, I am not a genius. I am not a mystical being with ancient powers. Want to know my secret machine behind the curtain?

I use another magical machine that seems to know all of the answers: Google.

Some of you have found my blog posts with Google searches. A simple search like, “change default font word 2007,” can yield several sites explaining exactly what I explain in this post. It’s not rocket science, yet many people don’t immediately think of it.

I post to this blog in hopes that I will have regular readers who appreciate my tips and solutions, but I realize that my posts can be far more reaching. Each of my articles enter the massive internet cloud and can be found by anyone searching Google trying to solve a particular problem.

My ultimate point: become a better Google searcher. Use it to your advantage. You’d be surprised how many problems you can solve for yourself and others, and you may even appear to be a “wizard” to others. I recommend starting with a good tutorial with tips for better searches. Then practice.

“Pay no attention to that search engine behind the curtain!”

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