Mobile Computing for non-techies

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Mobile computing for dummies

During my chat with Babs Burton at Code Red yesterday, he touched on the issue of the content on MOBILITY. He admitted to not having visited the blog in a long while (over a year), but said that the last time he did, he found the articles too technical for the everyday person.

I totally agree with him and was delighted to tell him that we had corrected that a long time ago. Mobility has grown more and more less technical in content. Why? Same reason I gave at last Saturday’s Mobility Rave: we want to reach non-techies with mobile technology. As far as I am concerned, many techies already know what most tech blogs publish anyway. The people who really need enlightening and who often need help with their gadgets are the non-techies, and that cannot be done in technicalese.

Babs submitted that tech blogs often are online communities where tech people massage one another’s egos. I totally agree with him.

Coming from a tech background myself, it is hard learning to communicate without diving into tech jargon, but I am on it. In the last one year at least, we have received commendations from non-techie users who say this is the only tech blog that they are able to read without getting lost. Still, I know that we are not there yet. We are also always looking for writers who are non-tech people but love gadgets.


Our primary goal here at Mobility for the long haul is to be the tech blog of choice for everyday phone users who have no great deal of interest in technology itself.

There will always be some content with serious technical details published here, but our primary goal here at Mobility for the long haul is to be the tech blog of choice for everyday phone users who have no great deal of interest in technology itself. If they can understand what we publish, find it useful and come back again and again, we have accomplished our mission.

2 comments

  1. While aiming for non-technicality is a lofty goal, I doubt this is truly practicable. Or, achievable .

    If you have an aversion to the concepts and terms that make mobile devices true computers, perhaps you should just go back to the Abacus age.

    Just kidding.!

    If words like GPRS / EDGE, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB_OTG, FTP, ebook formats,, user agents and the likes, drive you to apoplectic seizures, you are probably better advised to leave the technicalities to others so_inclined .

    ‘Smartphones for Dummies’ is a book that will probably not sell much..

    Unlike a car, where all you need know is how to drive, using Mobile devices effectively DOES need that you wrap your head around those computing concepts, terms and buzz words.

    It is amusing to assume that, because every Tunde and ChukwuEmeka tots a smart device, they can make use of them optimally without getting into arcane jargons . It’s just not possible.

    People go for courses in how to make use of computers. Today’s Mobile phones /and Tablets are probably more sophisticated than desktop pCs of just a few years ago.

    It is the same reason we can’t run away from the need for technicalities in using mobile devices OPTIMAlly…

    Realistically, what some people truly need is a dumbphone. Or, Smartphones that are putchased for the show_off / decorative value, and used as a simple dumbphone..

    And there is no shame on that, either.

  2. EyeBeeKay,

    People go for courses in how to make use of computers.

    True. Still, that doesn’t make techies out of those people. Those users still fall back on techies for more advanced stuff.

    I believe that everyone should be able to use a smartphone proficiently without having to become techies – just as it is with desktop computing.

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