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Long before Information Technology became a career for me it was a hobby. I still remember sitting down with one of my Dad’s computers and learning HTML using Notepad, Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator. Learning was enabled by every free resource I could get a hold of. Today, I still love to learn new techniques and technologies whether they relate to my day job at all or not.

Welcome to the Rarely Simple blog! I am glad you’re here.

Before we get started there are a couple things you should know. First, this is my technology-oriented blog. I will be resuming my theology blog in 2020. Second, the name comes from an Oscar Wilde quote that I appreciate. More on that shortly.

A Technology Blog

Long before Information Technology became a career for me it was a hobby. I still remember sitting down with one of my Dad’s computers and learning HTML using Notepad, Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator. Learning was enabled by every free resource I could get a hold of. Today, I still love to learn new techniques and technologies whether they relate to my day job at all or not.

I intend to write on this blog about technology-related topics I am new too as well as those I have been working with for years. As a result, you will likely see varying levels of proficiency in the topics. Some beginner-level, others more intermediate to advanced. None of us are experts in everything and I am generally curious. Especially, if it involves being creative and making something. Hopefully, each topic will be interesting and informative for someone.

The Quote

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

There can be just as much dogma and partisanship in technology as in religion and politics. Brand loyalty becomes fanaticism. Preference becomes principle. Confirmation bias determines product and service selection. Just ask anyone how they feel about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and their products, services, or the companies themselves. Whichever company they vilify can do nothing right and make no viable solution.

One of my desires for this blog is to avoid masking my preferences as objective fact. Each vendor, product, and service has its strengths and weaknesses. No solution is perfect. Change is inevitable. Iteration is a good practice that can be both progressive and regressive at the same time. Some ideas will work. Some won’t. We learn more from the attempt even if it fails than doing nothing.

When a recommendation is made it will typically based on personal preference and experience. I understand that. it will also include the received advice of others. We each have our preferences. My goal is to at least be honest about them.

Let’s Go

The hope is that the information I write about will help us learn and grow. Even if it inspires a solution you create that is different and objectively better. That is success. There are many articles and solutions I have read that helped me personally and professionally even if all they did was point me in the right direction by revealing an unusable concept or implementation.

So let’s go. Let’s iterate. Let’s experiment. Let’s share our ideas. We’ll all be better for it.