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Hi! My name is Don Edrington, and I’ve been writing PC columns for more than two decades for some Southern California newspapers (currently, San Diego Union Tribune).
The mission of these articles has always been to help PC users get the most advantageous use out of their computers and their software.
Regarding software, there are so many high quality programs available for free nowadays, that I rarely find a need to buy any. (See the list of free programs on my home page at: www.pcdon.com
By way of trying to help readers with computer problems, I try to be available by phone and/or email to answer their questions (at no charge).
I also maintain a large collection of freely downloadable music on my site, most of which is from the “big band” and “swing era” days of the 20th Century.
Don's Music Pages.
If you wonder how I got into computers and writing newsletters, this is what happened:
When I began writing a PC column for my hometown paper (The Fallbrook Enterprise) in 1994, it was mainly a "hobby" that let me share some of my experiences with others to whom computers might be new.
Getting email from readers came as a nice surprise and would really make my week. Answering their questions was fun and would also give me material for subsequent columns. I was - and am - a grateful and happy camper.
When the small-town weekly was bought by a Southern California syndicate, they asked me to continue writing the column - and even began paying me to do it. I was, of course, pleased and flattered.
In fact, the paper eventually asked me to do two columns a week. With an expanded readership, the email questions began arriving in increasing numbers. I love receiving them, and sincerely regret not being able to answer each personally - but I do put my phone number on the homepage of this web site.
In case you've wondered what my credentials are for writing about computers, well - that's an odd story. In late 1977, when the first of these new gadgets called "microcomputers" hit the market, I couldn't wait to buy one. I chose the "TRS-80 Model I" because it was available at my local hometown Radio Shack.
My wife thought I was crazy and couldn't imagine why I'd spend $600 on this weird thing that only displayed some numbers and capital letters on a black and white screen - and which came with no programs, except a backgammon and craps game.
It did come with a manual that explained how to write some simple programs - but there were no disk drives, nor any kind of a printer - and it certainly had nothing as sophisticated as a "modem" for connecting to the phone lines. However, some of these "add-on" accessories began to show up in stores the following year.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I continued to upgrade as new, improved models came along - and continued to learn how to use them by sitting up till all hours of the morning, experimenting.
In 1989 I launched the Fallbrook PC Users Group, with the idea of getting folks together to share ideas and to help each other learn. In recent years other obligations have kept me from spending much time with the club - but its management has long since been taken over by a group of dedicated people who've built it into a formidable source of help and information for users from Fallbrook and surrounding communities.
In 1995, when my granddaughter started at Fallbrook High, I jokingly suggested getting a job there to keep an eye on her.
Naturally, she was appalled at the idea - but later would point me out to friends and say, "See that teacher? That's my grandpa." Anyway, a collection of testimonials from folks whom I'd tutored over the years is what got me a teaching credential.
As for 2015, I am continuing to try to learn more about computers and to keep on sharing what I learn through my writing. I'll also continue to try answering as many letters as I can and attempt to put answers to other questions in upcoming articles. In the meantime, I hope you're having as much fun with your computer as I'm having with mine!
For over a decade this site was totally non-commercial in that I had nothing to sell, nor did I display advertising for things other people might have for sale. Then one day I got an email from Google saying they liked the site and asking if I would be interested in displaying "Google Ads" on some of its pages.
They explained that the ads would be based on the things I wrote about on the pages, and that I would earn a small stipend from any links that were clicked. Well, this has worked out quite well, and the Google income means that the site has become self-supporting rather than being maintained solely with money out of my pocket, as it always had been before.
Well, Google asked me to post some information regarding their procedures and practices on the site. Therefore, what you see below was taken from some literature they provided for this purpose:
Google uses third-party advertising companies to serve ads on this website. These companies may use information (not including anyone's name, address, email address, or phone number) about their visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services that might be of interest to them.