Computor Companion is an online magazine that offers smart ideas and advice to grow your business. In other words, our articles give entrepreneurs information they can use to make more money.
Virtually every small business owner, solopreneur, and entrepreneur has a computer sitting on their desk. But many people either aren't using them well or are missing out on opportunities. Computor Companion is designed to provide helpful, useful information to people running businesses.
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A Bit of History
Computor Companion is produced by Logical Expressions, Inc. In late 2011, we revamped the site and changed the focus somewhat, but the site has been online and getting between 1 million and 2 million visitors for more than a decade.
It began in 1999. We had moved to from San Diego to Idaho and learned that our new home (the Inland Northwest) was technologically far behind many areas of the U.S. When we lived in San Diego there was (and still is) a computer magazine that we really enjoyed called Computor Edge. Figuring that this area needed the level of free education that San Diego needed circa 1989, we created a similar computer magazine called Computor Companion.
We produced a printed version of the magazine locally from September 1999 to May 2001. It was distributed free in grocery stores, bookstores, computer stores and various other locations because we wanted the information to be free and easily accessible.
Readers LOVED the magazine and it met a serious local demand for decent computer information. However, the dot-bomb recession took out most of our computer-related advertisers, so we took the magazine online. We produced regular issues quarterly from about 2001 - 2009.
Even though it's been somewhat neglected for a couple of years, the site continues to receive traffic and we still to get feedback from happy readers. It was recognized by USA Today, the BBC, Fred Langa's newsletter, and other "best of the Web" awards.
Since we never quite could part with it, we've opted to bring back the magazine with a new look and revised focus.
Fast Facts about Computor Companion
- First issue (in print): September/October 1999
- Launched data-driven Computor Companion Web site (www.computorcompanion.com): March 2001 (Long before things like WordPress existed, we wrote our own content management system to run the site.)
- Editor: Susan Daffron, President, Logical Expressions, Inc.
Here are a few of the questions we get about Computor Companion:
I want to submit article. What do I do?
1. First read some of the articles on this Web site.
2. Then read our writer's guidelines.
3. Contact the editor with an idea or an article.
Why do you spell the magazine name with an O (computor) and not an E (computer)?
The theory behind the name is that a computOr is one who computes, as opposed to a computEr, the machine itself. We figure that the machine doesn't need a companion, but maybe the people operating those computers could stand a little sympathy and support. It's not necessarily a real word, but one that's been used a number of times for other magazines. (Linguists might refer to it as a word "in transition.")
Do you offer advertising?
Please visit our advertising page for information. We do not do "link swaps," or offer any advertising options other than the ones listed on the advertising page, so please don't ask.
Is this ComputorLink magazine? What happened?
Computor Companion has nothing to do with the now long-defunct ComputorLink magazine, which existed in Spokane in the mid-90s. When we pondered the idea for the magazine, we had never heard of or seen ComputorLink, which died in January 1999. (Computor Companion is based on a free computer magazine we enjoyed in Southern California.) In the process of writing the business plan for the magazine, we discovered its existence and that the owner Internet Ventures had pulled the plug on it. Our first print issue came out in September 1999 about 9 months after the last ComputorLink.
The Official Bio Stuff
Susan Daffron and James Byrd own Logical Expressions, Inc. a book and software publishing company based in Sandpoint, Idaho. Since 1995, Logical Expressions has offered Web site development, content creation, publishing, and custom software services to customers from all over the United States.
The couple operates Logical Expressions from their log home in the middle of the forests of North Idaho, with moral support from their adopted dogs and cats.
They often point out that if you can run an online business from the mountains of rural Idaho (the state with the distinction of having worst broadband in the United States), you can do it from pretty much anywhere.
Susan is the "expressive" half of Logical Expressions because she does all the graphic design (print and Web) and most of the writing work. James (the "logical" half) writes scripts for forms and does all the programming for custom software applications like IdeaWeaver and database software behind sites like SelfPubU(online training) and the www.SelfPublishersOnlineConference.com (online conferences).
James also developed all the custom database software that runs our content sites like ComputorCompanion.com. (If you wonder about these things, no it's not WordPress, it's a custom content management system James wrote long before WP even existed.)
You can find more information about where we've been and what we've been up to on these pages of the Logical Expressions site: