Something Personal

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Just thought I’d take a couple of minutes to tell you a little bit about myself. Anyone reading my blog entries may wonder, who the heck is this “Frances” person? Well, that’s a long story, but suffice it to say that I’ve been “online” as long as there has been an “online” to be “on”. I’ve watched things develop from Gopher to BBS to AOL to the World Wide Web to the Internet and now what people insist on calling Web 2.0. It’s been an amazing ride.

To be honest, I never in my wildest dreams imagined the extent of the growth that has taken place. I always knew (way back in time) when my then-boss brought in a new IBM personal computer, hot off the production line, at a cost of something like $15,000 US, that this item would revolutionize communication.

Heck, I still have my first computer (a Kaypro II – anyone else out there have one of those indestructible first real portable computer?) and it’s travelled with me from Los Angeles to Minneapolis to New York to Edmonton to a resting place on the West Coast of Canada. Can’t use the thing even though it still works (it only will allow you to save about 5 pages worth of work), but I keep it as a reminder of how far technology has progressed (it also makes a great doorstop LOL).

Which brings me to the point of this blog entry – although I really don’t want to admit it, I am beginning to believe that Microsoft, more than anyone, was crucial in this evolution. They forced us all to speak the same “language” (DOS), which finally brought us to the point where we can go back to speaking different “languages” (types of communication that have come about from international collaboration). As much as I take issue with Microsoft’s tactics, I can’t get past that fact.

So, a grudging “thanks” to the folks in Redmond for bringing us to the point where I can bore thousands of people all over the world with my ramblings (if anyone is still reading). That’s what I’m thinking today. Tomorrow, I’ll turn back into a pumpkin and catch you up with something NEW in the world of SEM, while I install those latest security patches from our friends at MSFT. :;

About the Author

Frances Krug has worked in market research since graduating from UCLA with an MA and CPhil in Latin American history. As an editor and online content provider for the last 7 years, she currently is Associate Editor at iNET Interactive, where she also directs Search Marketing Standard's email marketing program.

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