All good things come to an end as Fred reboots

Fred langa By Fred Langa

My final Windows Secrets column prompts some reflection and summation.

Thirty years after getting my first PC, it’s time for me to hang up my mouse.

A look back at how it all began

I got my first real, non-kit personal computer almost exactly 30 years ago. I wrote software for that little beast and started a small company with a friend to market the programs we wrote. I also wrote magazine articles about the historic first crop of small PCs, including one of the very first type-and-run programs (in BASIC) to appear in a noncomputing magazine. I’ve been writing about PCs ever since.

Thirty years is a very long time in the computer industry, or in a human life, and it’s time for me to try something else. In short, it’s time to say good-bye.

In preparing to wrap up my work for Windows Secrets, I was asked by editorial director Brian Livingston a question that was as profound as it was simple: “What have you learned from the computing industry over the last three decades?”

Here are my short-form answers:

Don’t sweat the small stuff

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.