“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!”