…audio, video, web and general tech ramblings.
My Digital Identity
Hi, my name is Mark and I’m a student at Salford University working towards an MSc in Audio Production. I also did my undergrad degree at Salford so this is my fifth year here! I’m quite a practical person and technically minded: I like to put pull things apart and put them back together. Music is my real passion though and I fill nearly all of my time on things music and audio related. These two major interests of music and technology make this course perfect for me.
Being of the generation I am, I’ve grown up surrounded by computers: I was even the computer monitor in primary school! This only involved turning them on at the start off the day and off again at the end, but who else was going to do it? Back then computing seemed pretty primitive in comparison and I don’t recall any knowledge of the internet at all. I do remember ‘surfing the net’ on our first PC at home which ran Windows 98, while around the same time the IT department at high school got kitted out with flashy new iMac G3’s. At this stage internet connections were painfully slow but it was a bonus when using a computer, just an add-on. These days a computer feels pretty useless if it’s not connected to the internet: It’s become so integrated I feel like I can’t do anything without it! This clearly isn’t true, a computer can do many things ‘sans internet’, but without that connectivity comes a sense of isolation.
I’ve always been a bit behind the times when it comes to online trends (I’ve only had my Facebook account for just over a year!). I think I dismissed it as a fad at first but it was probably more to do with having something so personal online for all to see. I had a MySpace page long before but it was a band profile so it gave a bit of anonymity, or at least helped share some of the spotlight. Anyway, I eventually caved-in under the pressure from my friends saying “you should join!” or “it’s awesome!”. To be fair it was quite useful at first but as the friend list grows it becomes more polluted with pointless updates of peoples day-to-day experiences and it’s becoming something I’m shying away from.
Recently I’ve started using Twitter and have found out to no surprise that I have very little to say! At the moment I’m largely using it as along side my RSS reader for news updates and very rarely tweet anything. I’m more a fan of online tools like Delicious and Google Docs. Mainly because I work on lots of different computers and as I’m constantly reinstalling and rebuilding the ones I have, its good to have my stuff anywhere, when I need it. I’m an even bigger fan of YouTube and have two accounts; one I use for uploading band rehearsals because I regularly forget anything I write or play! and the other I use to upload any video projects I’m working on. What I tend to do is make use of all these sites purely as tools without taking part In the social side but overall though this just makes life even harder without the internet.