By Sam Muirhead
"I've started to get the feeling that many things might be easier if I were a bit more tech-savvy.
"We interact constantly with electronic devices and complex software and it's very easy to feel daunted, to want to ignore what's going on 'under the hood' and leave that to the experts. This does have the effect of penning people in as consumers of technology, rather than empowering them to use or adapt technology to their needs.
"But what if, like me, you're just not the techy type? I'm not at school any more, surely it's too late to learn all that? This week, I decided that no, it's never too late. I'm not usually one to give aspirational quotes from venture capitalists, but Fred Wilson does have one good line which I particularly like:
"A young man asked me for advice for "those who aren't technical".
I said he should try to get technical.
"Now I'm trying to use open source hardware and open educational resources to help me get digitally literate."
I think I might just take Muirhead's cue and start to learn some new things. -JL