From the Edi­tor

Computer Active (UK) - - Welcome - Daniel Booth edi­tor@com­put­er­ac­

Around this time of year you get lots of pre­dic­tions from tech ‘ex­perts’ who are paid far too much to imag­ine what the fu­ture might look like. Their utopian fore­casts usu­ally in­volve more ro­bots, more driver­less cars, more talk­ing gad­gets and so on. Rarely do they fo­cus on the ‘bor­ing but use­ful’ stuff that or­di­nary peo­ple rely on – soft­ware, ex­ten­sions, apps, down­loads. I guess that job falls to Com­put­er­ac­tive, and we’re happy to take it on. In our Cover Fea­ture we rec­om­mend tools (all free) that’ll be par­tic­u­larly use­ful through­out 2018.

One tech bof­fin whose judge­ment I do trust is Si­mon Brew, for­mer edi­tor of Mi­cro Mart. In his new Keep Your Brain Ac­tive col­umn (page 74) he’ll be test­ing brain-train­ing games that claim to keep you men­tally fit. I hope you en­joy it.

I’d like to thank you for read­ing Com­put­er­ac­tive in 2017, and for your many emails, which pro­vide me with price­less in­sights into what in­ter­ests you. Merry Christ­mas!

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