Confessions of a geek wannabe
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confess. I am a geek wannabe. (Some say the wannabe part is superfluous.)

When I was 9, I got my first chemistry set and turned my tonsils purple. No, I didn’t drink anything. My dad, an otolaryngologist, brought me the remains of my recent tonsillectomy in a jar of formaldehyde. With a combination of cobalt, potassium, iodine and some other random stuff, I manage to turn the contents a bright shade of violet.

As time progressed, I failed at organic chemistry, analytic geometry, theoretical physics, electrical engineering, computer programming and pole vaulting. So I turned to the only profession left that did not require a lot of left-brained activity: journalism.

Unable to muster the aptitude to actually do the things required to rightfully join the ranks of the geeks, I decided to do the next best thing: write about them.

Perceptive as I am, I discovered there is no better place to write about technology than Colorado. Not that Colorado is full of nerds, but the state is teeming with people and companies in pursuit of the next big technology breakthrough.

In fact, there are upwards of 162,000 geeks … er, technologists … working for more than 13,000 establishments engaged in tech-related activities here. And what better way to rub elbows with the local technorati than to produce a website dedicated exclusively to Colorado technology people, businesses, events, organizations, products and developments?

The roots of RockyMountainTechLine.com actually lie in the ancient practice of printing on paper (a flexible substrate used to record symbols made by something called a printing press).

In 2008 – being the astute entrepreneur that I am – I launched Rocky Mountain TechLine magazine in the midst of the greatest U.S. economic calamity since the Great Depression. Needless to say, it died a painful, though honorable death after six issues. Its demise was not for lack of interest; in fact, it was quite popular during its short tenure. Rather, the scarcity of an ancient bartering practice called advertising was more to blame.

Like the iconic phoenix, however, TechLine has now risen from the ashes of print publishing in the form of a bigger and better electron-based communication device – the website.

From these photons will be reflected news of all things technological in the Rocky Mountain region – stories of people and their careers, companies and their successes, organizations and their activities, events and their outcomes, products and their impact, and new technologies and their futures.

The mission of RockyMountainTechLine.com is simple: to be the most complete, accurate and engaging source of news and information for technology professionals in Colorado.

We have other goals as well, like becoming an active center for dialog among our visitors. One of the great advantages of Web-based communication is interactivity. With nearly all of our content comes the opportunity to comment on and discuss issues on the spot. Some of the liveliest discussions on the Internet are germinated from online commenting capabilities.

In the future, we plan to take advantage of many other interactive features of the Web – video and audio capabilities, polls and surveys, special interest forums, e-mail digests, job boards for employment opportunities, mobile- and tablet-specific versions of the site, and lots more.

To learn a bit more about RockyMountainTechLine.com, see our shameless self-promotional slide show on our About Us page. (Yes, it’s self-serving, but it will tell you quite a lot about who and what we are.)

Of course, we also offer columns … umm, I mean blogs … by local experts in various tech-related fields, including career development, telecommunications, security, business development and more.

We also aim to produce the most complete technology events calendar in the universe … or at least, in Colorado. We list everything from meetups to user groups to awards banquets. Take a look. If you want to list your event, it’s easy. Just click on the “Post Your Event” button and fill out the form.

As you can tell, I’m pretty excited about RockyMountainTechLine.com. I hope you’ll visit with us often and participate frequently. I say this because I’ve been told if the site gets respectable traffic, I will be officially accepted as a full-fledged geek and offered a guest appearance on the Big Bang Theory.

ED. NOTE: Not my real tonsils.

ED. NOTE: Not my real tonsils.

P.S – In the interest of full disclosure – and in order to avoid being seen as a complete idiot – I do have some noteworthy credentials, including editing several different newspapers, serving as the director of publishing systems for the Gannett newspaper group, a stint as senior VP of Technology for the Newspaper Association of America, seven years as VP of Technology for the Denver Newspaper Agency and erstwhile publisher of the aforementioned Rocky Mountain TechLine magazine and current editor and publisher of RockyMountainTechLine.com, the website for IT professionals in Colorado. And if you don’t believe it, just ask my dad, whose ashes can be found in Brooklyn, NY.

P.P.S. – If you are interested, I believe I still have the original formula for purple tonsils somewhere. E-mail me at wolferman@rmtechline.com for details.

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