Technology Dude


What is technology? Technology is the stuff that makes our world work, the implements and artifacts of modern society. Technology exists to make our lives easier and better, although the actual use of technology often involves costs and consequences that can be seriously detrimental. Technology is all around us, useful every day in ways large and small. We think of technology as something new, but technology has been with us for thousands of years, ever since man started using things found in nature in ways nature never intended. Mankind is a tool user, and technology is the name we have given to the product of mans creations.


Technology is the result of an engineering process. Technology is a creation, something physical and tangible. As our society has evolved, so has technology, and technology and society have a symbiotic relationship. In fact, technology drives changes in society more often than the other way around. Think of the spear, or gun, or lever, or engine. These are all examples of technology that have changed the way mankind lives and works.


The definition of technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, and the machinery and equipment developed from such scientific knowledge. Obviously, you can read Wikipedia on your own to get a better idea of the history and application of technology, but know that throughout man kinds’ existence we have used technology to shape our world, and technology in turn has changed and shaped us, our culture, and our society. Technology is so important and central to our way of life that we literally could not survive without it. That is why we need to understand technology better.


This web site is dedicated to the knowledge and understanding of technology. This is a big subject, one in which no individual or organization can hope to encompass, but even a small addition to our understanding of technology represents improvement. Technology has gotten so complex that few actually understand how things work, why our technology works the way it does. We are increasingly a culture of users, and when confronted with information many find it hopelessly complex and confusing. This is unacceptable, and this web site is designed to change that perception. Knowledge is power. Let’s get started.

Keep in mind that this web site is under construction. I have a lot of content that will eventually be added to this site, but much of it is not formatted properly, and other stuff has potential copyright issues that have to be worked out. All of this takes time.

Following are some educational resources:

Introduction To Safety

Getting Help

There are lots of places you can get help with Joomla!. In many places in your site administrator you will see the help icon. Click on this for more information about the options and functions of items on your screen. Other places to get help are:

Getting Started

It's easy to get started creating your website. Knowing some of the basics will help.

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system is software that allows you to create and manage webpages easily by separating the creation of your content from the mechanics required to present it on the web.

In this site, the content is stored in a database. The look and feel are created by a template. The Joomla! software brings together the template and the content to create web pages.

Site and Administrator

Your site actually has two separate sites. The site (also called the front end) is what visitors to your site will see. The administrator (also called the back end) is only used by people managing your site. You can access the administrator by clicking the "Site Administrator" link on the "This Site" menu or by adding /administrator to the end of you domain name.

Log in to the administrator using the username and password created during the installation of Joomla.

Logging in

To login to the front end of your site use the login form or the login menu link on the "This Site" menu. Use the user name and password that were created as part of the installation process. Once logged-in you will be able to create and edit articles.

In managing your site, you will be able to create content that only logged-in users are able to see.

Creating an article

Once you are logged-in, a new menu will be visible. To create a new article, click on the "submit article" link on that menu.

The new article interface gives you a lot of options, but all you need to do is add a title and put something in the content area. To make it easy to find, set the state to published and put it in the Joomla category.

You can edit an existing article by clicking on the edit icon (this only displays to users who have the right to edit).

Learn more

There is much more to learn about how to use Joomla! to create the web site you envision. You can learn much more at the Joomla! documentation site and on the Joomla! forums.


Congratulations! You have a Joomla site! Joomla makes it easy to build a website just the way you want it and keep it simple to update and maintain.

Joomla is a flexible and powerful platform, whether you are building a small site for yourself or a huge site with hundreds of thousands of visitors. Joomla is open source, which means you can make it work just the way you want it to.


  • Extensions

    The Joomla! content management system lets you create webpages of various types using extensions. There are 5 basic types of extensions: components, modules, templates, languages, and plugins. Your website includes the extensions you need to create a basic website in English, but thousands of additional extensions of all types are available. The Joomla! Extensions Directory is the largest directory of Joomla extensions.