My name is Maura and I’m a software test engineer by profession. But I have another passion – I love to use my talent for presenting technical subjects to non-technical people in order to teach people more about computers and software.
In spite of the fact that my job is highly technical, I really feel that there is a gap in the resources available to people, especially adults, that I may be able to help fill. Unlike my book on software security testing (you can find information on the Published Works page), when I’ve expressed my desire to write a book to demystify computers and software that was aimed at non-technical adults, I’ve been told there is no market for that information.
I strongly disagree.
So I’m taking on a grass roots project to see for myself what audience there may be for this type of information. I’m having my website set up to focus on this and will begin writing a newsletter twice a month with each issue demystifying some aspect of computers, software and technology. I have a list of subjects that I have gleaned from the requests for help of relatives and friends but I’ll also be setting my Message Boards up to allow readers to ask me questions or make suggestions for subjects or approaches that the readers would like to see.
I’m setting myself a six month minimum time to see what I can discover from this experiment. That’s twelve issues of the Newsletter. At the end of that time, I’ll have to reassess what I intend to do based on the reactions of my readers. It’s always possible that I will end up talking only to myself!
Please feel free to register for the Messageboard (I will have to approve your account to help limit spam and trolling) or drop a note in my Guestbook and let me know what you think.