What I desire from Wikipedia

For many years, I have valued Wikipedia as a source of interesting and useful information on a staggeringly wide variety of topics.  I wonder how long that will remain the case, though, given that Wikipedia is changing in ways some of us find unhelpful. Thinking and reading about Wikipedia’s dominant editing culture has helped me clarify what I like to get out out of Wikipedia, what its controlling forces want, and the difference between the two.  At one point, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia’s cofounder) presented a vision that greatly appeals to me: “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing. “ Unfortunately, one aspect of this vision...

Why I prefer desktop computers over laptops

I have owned many personal computers over the past 30 years… but never a laptop. I’ve used others’ laptops from time to time, but only for short periods of time. Laptops are wonderful, but almost any time I have a choice, I prefer to use a desktop. I thought it might be interesting for others to read about this one user’s rare preference for desktops, particularly from the user experience point of view. Basic ergonomics Since most laptops’ screens are attached to the keyboard, I need to choose between either of two uncomfortable positions. If I place the laptop at elbow level, for comfortable typing, I need to bend my neck down to look at the screen. If I place the laptop on a stand for a comfortable viewing angle, I need to raise my arms to type. Barring...