How did you......

@MsTickle (25006)
Australia
October 19, 2007 5:53pm CST
......learn how to use the computer and how long have you been at it? I obtained my first computer in 2000. I was a complete novice only ever having used programmed cash registers at work. The second place also had an re-rdering system built in. My then partner was able to help a little and so did my Help desk but it was mostly trial and error for me....mostly error. I'm much more proficient now but still a long way off being adept. I wonder if a course would be of benefit and if so how would I decide which course and I wonder if these sort of courses are offered on-line. What have been your experiences...how proficient are you and where did you learn? I'm curious to hear the learning history of others.
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@ryanphil01 (4187)
• Philippines
19 Oct 07
I had to enroll in a training course to be able to use a computer way back in 1986. I learned about MS DOS, BASIC language and DATABASE III Plus. It took me about 3 months to discover more about the INS and OUTS of the computer systems. Consequently, my exposure to the computer world paved the way to getting a job abroad later as a DATA ENTRY OPERATOR. For 4 years into personal and business computing, I had the opportunity to acquiring my own unit, a PC 286 AT machine, which I used for word processing and database updates. But this did not stop me from learning other languages like FOXPRO and WINDOWS applications until a 'break' comes when INTERNET was introduced to us. I sold my 286 AT and bought a 386 machine which I used purposely for internet activities. And that was the beginning...
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
19 Oct 07
Wow, 386, I vaguely remember them...that might be what my first pc was. I remeber after a couple of years longing for a Pentium....lol. Your education has been quite in depth, hope it's working well for you. :)
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• Philippines
20 Oct 07
I had the opportunity to have used a Pentium II first last 2000, upgraded it to Pentium 3 but sold it later. Someone from California, my nephew sent me a Celeron T1150 which I am using now. My wish actually is to have a laptop so I could bring it anywhere I go. WIFI connections are very common nowadays. Our place would be a FREE WIFI ZONE anytime next year. Wow!
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
I have a laptop but still love my pc which is out of action since my grandaughter made some changes. I've made more changes in an effort to fix things and now my browsers won't connect to the net. What is WIFI?
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• United States
19 Oct 07
I too learned from trial and error. My first experience with the computer was when I enrolled in keyboarding courses at a local college. The instructor would ask everyone to go to the computers or if we wanted we were allowed to remain at the typewriters. I sat at the typewriter. One day she came over and asked me to get up and go to the computer. She said not to worry about pushing the wrong button because she was positive it wouldn't explode if I did. Fast forward to my job 9 years later to classes offered at the school I worked in. I took a Windows course. A few years later I was at my friend's house. She had a computer and got me going in a chat program called ICQ.
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
19 Oct 07
When in was first exploring the net I tried chat rooms or programs ...nmot sure which...I couldn't figure things out and didn't like the language, conversatios or the people. It annoys me when I say I spend a lot of time on-line and people automatically assume I mean in chat rooms.
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• United States
19 Oct 07
I no longer go to chat rooms. We have a few people that we chat with using Skype. They live in the Netherlands and it is free to use Skype. The cost of talking to them by phone is about 10 cents a minute.
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I learned to use it back when I was 5 and have been at it ever since. Now back then we had to use the C prompt. If you know what that was like, join the club. Now we have GUI (graphic user interfaces) and so many other languages to use. I'm not the best, but I have helped people with their computer and internet problems on mylot. Go check the interests/discussion groups.
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
Why do you think I added you to my friends list???LOL. I really need some help every now and then rather than hitting my head up against a brick wall.
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
19 Oct 07
My ex set up my first personal computer.They made me a stuid name at aol,set up my wallpaper,never showed me how to change it,set up all my sounds etc, to what they thought I should have,(what amused them) and then left me alone with it, I was told to "push buttons".They wre just as hateful as they sound and really didnt want me to have anything new that also let me access the world. Soooo...long story short, i pushed buttons, and now they wish they could call me when they have a computer issue.
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
lol....I love this....god for you. You're a winner!!!..LOL.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
20 Oct 07
My next door neighbor in Texas taught me when my husband was stationed in Korea for a year on his second tour. I was so scared to touch a key and they taught me how to get a free email account and how to type up a letter and send it to my hubby. Then when he returned in 1999, we got a computer of our own and I learned quite a bit on my own.
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@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
19 Oct 07
My first home computer was a commodure cvic 20 with 5k ram lol. Then moved onto a commodore 64 which was a great leap with 64 k and had brilliant graphics. then progressed upto a desktop and have to keep upgrading all the time but I am learnibg all the time. Have a great day from Deeeky.
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• Lampe, Missouri
19 Oct 07
well i first started learning about computers from high school then after school i for got most of what i know then got a computer and have leaned mot of what i know from watching other people or trail and error.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
20 Oct 07
Got my first one in 1999. befoe that the only thing I had to do with them was build them for a company that put their own hard drives in them so we never got to test them or anything . I learned by trail and error or talked to someone o n rhe net that knew more than meStill don tknow every thing I would like to know but I havent the time now to fool around with it
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
A similar history to Grandpa Bob just ahead of you. We all seem to be self taught for the most. I guess the time was right for the introduction of IT. I find I'm not learning fast enough and feel guilty if I spend too much time here trying to learn.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
23 Oct 07
oh dont try to hard go at your own pace as there are always some thing new to learn every day and I find I have forgotten some things I learned back in 2000. For programs have changed and I am no where near being up on all of it. I like this program its a good place to get answeres from and some one will ask what ya want to know sooner or later then you can apply it your self it is a very good tip place worldstart.com I have been with them for almost as long as I have had puter and have learned alot of things by just reading the letter they sen d out every day. hugs
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
20 Oct 07
My mom bought me one second handed about 1998 I had always wanted one and so for my birthday she bought me one I didn't really have any experience with one at all at the time. I have learned through trial and errors though since. I still have the computer and use it everyday. It was a windows 95 I had it upgraded to a windows 98 it doesn't have alot of memory and no USB ports it is only 133 mhz so alot of the newer updates I cannot install which I wish I could. My brother gave me a newer one but it is DSL ready only no modem and I have to save enough money to buy a new modem and other things for it. But it is faster I will continue to keep my old handy one though just incase..You know how viruses are. Strange thing though my older version doesn't get any virsuses maybe because hacker or virsuse leave the old stuff alone thinking it not worthy but several of the new ones that my family had have been destroyed by viruses and worms.
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
Yes, I heard that Windows 98 was practically safe from viruses because the perps were working on attacking more modern stuff. I swapped to XP pro lasdt year tho. At least now the anti virus gear is much easier to use.
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@BELMCstar (1343)
• Australia
20 Oct 07
We have been using computers for quite a while. I guess you could say I just learnt as I went. I also learnt by trial & error, and I can tell you it was a massive trial, and I made a lot of errors. :P. I find that if I need help with anything these days, I just ask a question in myLot, and the answer soon makes itself known to me. It is good to know that not all people are proficient at everything. Happy learning.
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
23 Oct 07
Such a good way to go. My problems seem too complex and I really struggle to find answers.
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• India
20 Oct 07
well i dont exactly remember but it was a gradual process i learnt one by one feature gradually through my friends also i had attended computer classes
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
I learned it during elementary. it was one of the subject... i cannot say i'm proficient at it but i can say is i know about it....
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Oct 07
Back in 1990 I was working for a small local computer manufacturing company. They made custom computers for various local, state, and fedearl governments like schools, police, fire, etc etc. They also had an employee discount of 75% on a custom built comoputer. So I figured why not as they'd deduct the amount weekly from my paycheck. So I ordered it on New Years Eve day as I worked 1/2 day. I got it home and had all sorts of troubles as I knew nothing AT all about comoputers. After excganging the monitor 3 times I finally figured out I had it all wired wrong. I have been online and gotten great as far as computers since that day in 1990. Everything I've leanred has been from self taught by being online and asking many questions since. Even to this day I am still learning more each month. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
20 Oct 07
I started using computer when I was 4. At first I was just using it to play games then as time goes by I easily learned all the other basic stuffs about the computer. Then when I reached Grade 3 we start having our computer class at school and now that im already 15, I can now do a lot of stuffs with my computer like, web page designing, java scripting, html coding, ect. I guess it only needs time and practice to be good at something and you must love what you are doing to completely excel in this field... ^_^
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@ebtenorio (766)
• Philippines
12 Nov 07
I first used a computer way back 1995, when I was in my 1st year in high school! I was able to hold a 386 computer then! I was afraid to even touch the keyboard and the mouse thinking I would just be destroying them. Then later on, when my fear of computers somehow subsided, I started typing command in DOS mode then (there weren't windows applications or OS by that time). I have trained myself hard to really study the complex matters in using a computer in my own time at school then. Then I read books about computer DOS commands and started playing with it. Then, I studied computer programming during my 2nd year. It was quite hard then but I was able to cope with. I was sort of a "programmer" when I stepped 3rd year and 4th year in my high school days... I studied computer science in high school and almost no one could outdone me in programming (or any other subject then). Now, I am a programmer, and I could too repair my computer without having brought it to any computer shop. It feels great to have known a lot in computers. It helps a lot. Great day ahead, and this discussion made me remember some of the things I did with computers in the past (I created a "virus" in C/C++ that turned of all the computers in our laboratory before.. hehehehehe)
@estherlou (5026)
• United States
12 Nov 07
Hubby and I got our first computer in 1999 so we could email our daughter while she was stationed over seas. It was so cool to be able to write her while she was in Korea or Kosovo! Anyway...we just learned as we went...and learned a lot just by making mistakes and having to figure out how to correct them! LOL
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• United States
23 Oct 07
I got my first puter in 2000 to have never been on one and just set down and learned all I know by my self it was hard at first but i got it now i think lol
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@fracktion (154)
• Philippines
21 Oct 07
I learned about computer when I was in high school. We were using Wordstar 7.0 then and Lotus 123 (although we rarely had hands on). I never had a formal course in computer so its kinda self learning. Software was not hard. Hardware was. I only learned about dissmantling my computer 2 years ago and I already destroyed 3 hard disks and 4 memory cards. Lol. As to how proficient I am now, I obtained an assesors qualification from TESDA just recently and I think thats a small achievement already since I didnt really had a formal education on computers.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct 07
Until 4 years ago I didn't even know how to switch one on and never went near one I had no Interest The reason I was in a full time Job that I loved and when I got home my time was for the Kids and cleaning which would most the time be 7pm Then I got bullied out of my Job and I was lost well you know about all that My Children said I should learn the Computer but to me why I was useless and that but then I did give it a go and I found that it was helping me as I was doing something and it was keeping my mind of things So that is where it started and the Kids now call me when they are stuck lol
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
20 Oct 07
I use to work doing medical billing and that when I first started using the computer. But we didnt have access to the net. We only had Q&A and lytec. So I learned the computer on my spare time. I think its fasinating.