Pocket Primer & Me

You can find me on:

Mastodon: @c.im/@juliesbits

LinkedIn: iamjulie

Hi! I’m Julie. I created my Pocket Primer blog several years ago to write about my experiences using a Pocket PC that ran an early version of the Windows Mobile OS. At the time, I only wanted to create a place where I could organize and document the information I gleaned from the forums, blogs, and websites that I’d visited, so I bought the PocketPrimer.com domain and started writing articles. Later on I shared links to my articles in the forums that I frequented. Over time the collection of articles that I published on the blog expanded into other areas and the reader base for my articles grew.

Since then I’ve used many different makes and models of mobile devices. Microsoft’s mobile operating system changed from Windows Mobile 2003 to Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1, 6.5, Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and finally Windows 10 Mobile. By the time Microsoft scrapped the Windows Phone operating system I had already switched over to the Android OS and was using my second Android phone.

When I started Pocket Primer I was teaching business classes at Georgia State University. My educational background trained me to be a data scientist and about seven years ago I left teaching to resume my professional career. Now I work in informatics for a healthcare company that develops regenerative and therapeutic products from human placental tissue. I spend most of my time mining large databases.

My passion for mobile devices has faltered and waned over the years, but like most everyone else, I still use mobile devices. Nowadays I’m not so captivated by them. As my working life has changed, so have my technical and professional interests. My focus and much of my attention has turned towards learning about and pursuing these new interests and I haven’t devoted any time to writing articles for the blog.

I’ve thought a lot about what I want from a mobile device, how I want to use cloud services, how much time I want to spend on social media. I’ve taken some action to move my use of these technologies to align better with my technical and professional goals as well as my personal values.

I’ve consolidated my Pocket Primer and FunFoodLife domains here, and I’m ready to start writing articles again. The pocket primer related articles I plan to write will be focused in 4 areas:

    1. Analytical Tools: As an data scientist, I use SQL as well as other analytical tools every day. I’m learning new things about these tools all of the time and I’ll use the blog to help me organize and document the techniques I learn when using these tools.
    2. Mobility: My current phone runs the Android operating system so I’ll be writing about the Android OS and the apps I use on my phone.
    3. Cloud Services: I love how the cloud is device neutral and facilitates device independence by allowing easy access to our data as we move from device to device to device. Not all cloud services are the same, and I’ll write about and critique the several different cloud based services that I use.
    4. Microsoft Products: I still use Microsoft’s mobile and desktop apps every day in both my personal and professional life.