Background to the PC Technology Guide – www.pctechguide.com

PCTechGuide has grown from a personal hobby site into a world respected resource for computer technology guides and explanations. The principles of the site haven’t changed, however: What we learn we share was once a tacit principle, but is now a guiding motto. To explain the background and origins of The PC Technology Guide there’s no better place to start than the words of the site’s founder, Dave Anderson. The following editorial used to form the front page of the site and is a full account of the site’s progression through to the summer of 2006, when the site underwent a major overhaul and Dave stepped down from frontline running of the site. It was only after retirement that I developed any real interest in PCs. Like many who use them routinely at work, I had viewed them as a mere commodity item. It was only when I came to purchase a machine for use at home that I began to appreciate the tremendous complexity and variation in the underlying PC technologies. The astonishing rate of development fascinated me and the PC soon became a serious hobby. I had begun compiling a dossier of technical information when researching which machine to buy. That was in 1995. Three years later this had grown into a fairly comprehensive text and one that I felt may be of interest or use to a wider audience. Since my interest in the PC had extended to the Internet by then, the idea of publishing what I had on the World Wide Web seemed a logical step. By so doing, the material I’d put together...

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