Q&A about this site and me

April 7th, 2005

This is a quick Q&A about this site and me based on the most common questions that I've been asked (the ones that I remember anyway ...).

  • Who are you?
    My name is Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes.  I am a tech journalist, technical consultant and author based in the UK.  I have been around (and inside, on top of and beneath) computers for coming on two decades. 
    I live in the UK with my wife Kathie (who is also an author) and my fantastic children.
  • How did you get involved in writing?
    Around ten years ago I became involved in IT training and wrote over 50 technical manuals used by a variety of training companies and Fortune 500, 100 and 50 companies.  One day, out of the blue, this lead to my first publishing contract with Wrox Press.  
    Things took off from there!
  • Are you writing now?
    Yes, and I'm working on some exciting things, however I'm moving away from the traditional dead-tree printed book format for a variety of reasons (the time it takes, the hassle, the cost, the delays, the slowness of updating material ... the list goes on and on) and doing much more on the web.
  • What are your areas of expertise?
    My main areas of expertise include:
    - Microsoft operating systems and applications (desktop and enterprise)
    - PC hardware
    - Programming (C++, Visual Basic)
    - Web development (ASP, PHP, scripting)
    - IT security
  • What systems do your run?
    I live in a very mixed ecosystem of Windows, Mac and Linux.  I don't get particularly worked up about any particular platform because I have a life ouside of tech.
  • Can I hire you?
    Maybe ... depends.  I'm pretty busy most of the time, but I might be able to accomodate.  Get in touch with me here.
  • I wrote you an email and didn't get a reply!
    Yeah, sorry about that.  I get a ton of email a day (and it's increasing weekly) and can't possibly respond to all of them individually.  I do read all the emails I receive and use many as the basis for posts on this site.  If you asked a question, check back soon - I might have answered it in a post!
  • Can I subscribe to your blog?
    Yes!  There are two ways:
    - Subscribe to the RSS web feed (don't know what an RSS web feed is, check this out)
    - Subscribe to the FeedBlitz daily email.

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  • Where did the "PC Doctor" name come from?
    It was a name that was applied to me about 12 years ago and at the time I thought it was kinda cute but nothing more.  
    Then, a few years ago I wrote and then subsequently taught a class at Barnes & Noble University called "Be your own PC Doctor" (now renamed to "Caring for your PC") and afterwards wrote "The PC Doctor's Fit It Yourself Guide" and I got associated with "The PC Doctor" moniker and the name stuck.  Now I quite like it!
  • Why do you run this site?
    Interesting question.  I guess that when I started to write and started getting feedback from readers I realized that what I was doing was helping to make someone's day a little easier.  That's quite addictive and started looking for ways to reach more and more people - the web seemed like the obvious place!  
    Now I have thousands of visitors every day and get tons of feedback so my goal of reaching more people and helping them has been achieved.  Don't worry though - with that goal accomplished I'm not going to pack up!  I have plans for making this site bigger and better in 2007 and beyond!
  • Why do you have a blog rather than a traditional website? A blog is so much easier to update and a lot less hassle!
  • How come it took you so long to start blogging?
    This blog was started in April of 2005 but the idea goes back to maybe April 2004, but at the time I was caught up in a project that took up way too much of my time.  I got unhooked from that and the plans for the blog took off.  
  • Why WordPress and not XYZ?
    Because I believe that WordPress is the best blog software available.
  • Do you draw the cartoon cards that appear on the site?
    Yep!  Guilty!  I find cartooning relaxing and fun!
  • Do you blog elsewhere?
    Yes, I have a blog over on ZDNet called Hardware 2.0.
  • What's your favorite website?
    Tech - Ed Bott's blog, Microsoft, BBC News and ProBlogger
    Non-tech - Dilbert Blog, Savage Chickens
  • What are you working on next?
    That's top secret! However, I'll give you a little clue ... Mastering Windows 7 ... :)
  • What are your hobbies?
    I enjoy the outdoors, photography, reading, computer games, playing the didgeridoo (yidaka), growing (and killing ... :( ) carnivorous plants and taking things apart!
  • What's your favorite color?
    The color of money.
  • What's your favorite food?
    Pizza ...
  • What's your favorite game?
    Resident Evil 4 on the Wii

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