Greg Johnson – Monthly Update 201803


Personal Update 201803 | 31 Mar 2018 | Saturday


I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.

Social Media

In my January update, I wrote about how I’m spending less time on social media. During my time away from social media, I’ve been reflecting the benefits and drawbacks of what services like Facebook and Twitter offer us.

The numerous drawbacks have been in the news lately, mostly relating to a loss of privacy and the addictive nature of social media. The benefits are many. People who would otherwise not have an online presence are able to create a free Facebook hosted personalized web page. Announcements can be share and re-shared to reach many people. Freedom of speech is amplified allowing everyone a way to express their views in a way they’ll be heard.

As I weigh the benefits and drawbacks, and see many people leaving social media platforms, I am thinking about alternatives to social media. I think personal websites are a great substitute for (or addition to) having a Facebook page. I like the free hosted websites that let people ‘follow’ friends online and keep up on news just like Facebook but without many of the drawbacks.

Tech Library

I’ve informally maintained a technology library for many years. It’s a way to loan out systems, tools, and test equipment to people where owning these items just isn’t practical.

For example, wattage meters let people test the electrical usage of various home appliances to determine what devices are using the most electricity. It’s a fun device to use for a day, or a week, but beyond that most people don’t need to own one.

Laser thermometers that let you check the temperature on any surface, even those beyond reach. In the winter, a person can see where external walls or gaps near windows may be letting cold air in. Checking refrigerator temperatures, or surfaces of overheating electronics would be other uses for a laser thermometer.

To learn more, visit

Audio Services

During March, I continued my ‘deep dive’ study of audio systems and wrote some audio resource guides and articles. I finally completed the installation of an audio system that I use for my daily work. To learn more, visit


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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 17 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.