How computer literate are you?

United States
April 2, 2008 12:44pm CST
When I bought my first computer I paid $100 dollars for it, well, you get what you pay for and I quickly learned to take it apart and put it back together. That was about 12 years ago. Since then I've become pretty computer literate in that I can navigate web pages, use Microsoft Word and other programs without much trouble. I admit though that I would have a hard time with Excel or Powerpoint and other specific software. How computer literate do you consider yourself to be? A beginner, intermediate or an expert?
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39 responses
• Indonesia
4 Apr 08
The first time I knew computer was when I was still around 8 years old. My Dad was coming home and with some ‘strange’ boxes which later I found very much interesting because I could interact with these boxes (the monitor and CPU, by the way. LOL), and there was a banner maker program back then, I often played with this program when Dad was not home. LOL. However, later Dad brought the computer to his office, and I never saw any computer in our house until years later when we moved to a new house. I was already at some junior high school grade (I think around 9th grade for some other country’s education system). That’s the first time I saw Windows and screensaver. LOL. I even found some games there, I had not touched the Words back then. And my curiosity had gone too far, I guess. :P I believe I was peeping inside the system files within some folders, and actually I only opened the files using some certain edit program (within the MS-DOS). I don’t know if I had accidentally saved it when I closed the program, but when I shut the Windows down, there was nothing wrong yet. But when Dad was starting the computer by the next day …. The system was gone. * sigh * Well, I quite blamed myself at that day, and never tried using the computer (I mean, any computer) again from that moment. When I entered university, I was ashamed because I entered the computer science major without any preparation and I still typed really slowly while the rests of the class already used their ten fingers with fascinating typing speed! * laughing * Anyway, I’m glad I have known computers. Even as a computer major graduate, I still never count myself as an expert. However, I’m glad that finally I am literate in computer, or I would never have this great experience in exploring the Internet, making some blogs complaining about programming problems, and on my reading towards some technical blogs out there … and then found the way to myLot community here. ;)
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
17 Jun 08
When it comes to the computer I am pretty niave. I don't know much about them except how to go online and read emails and post in mylot. I know how to use Word and Excel because I worked in an office, but I don't know how to set the sheets up. I know how to save stuff. But when people are talking about digital cameras and pictures or posting pictures in mylot or anything complicated like that, I am totally lost. I only know the basics.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
I would say, stuck in intermediate. I been using PC since it was black and green. With the zooming phase of technology how could I be. Just when I finally knew the answer ... they change the question.
• United States
10 Apr 08
Well I can say I am close to expert, because I can fix almost all the problem that my laptop and desktop can get (in hardware and software). I know how use excel, powerpoint, word, and a lot of programs that didn't come with microsoft. You know what's funny, I never studied to know those stuff. I got my 1st computer in 1998, since then I am being doing so many stuff to upgrade my pc, to keep it in good conditon with today's technology without paying to others person to do this. When I can't upgrade anymore I change my pc for a new one. I think I learned everything about pc, because I'm a curious person, I like to see how everything work. So when I got something broken I like to open it and check everything inside. Then I try to figure out whats the problem. If I can't solve it then I call the technician to do it and then I watch everything he does to my thing just to learn and don't call him again for the same problem. That's the way I became crazy with pc and electronic stuff. Wow now I thinking I never realize about it, I was doing this because that was fun for me, without even thinking I was becoming almost an expert. Well I can say this was weird, And I am just 22.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Apr 08
I am slow at learning but I do get it eventually, I would say I am about so so on computer I know a lot but I don't know everything, I have no clue how to run the programs like excel and I wish I did no how to use that one.
• Philippines
4 Apr 08
Hello, in school I only learned the basics about computer. How to shut it down, to boot, the Icons and their uses as well as its parts and uses. I learned on my own through experience and by exploring it. Imagine how I used to practice my knowledge in a Pentium I computer on 2003. In that sluggish computer I've learned photoshop and Microsoft office softwares (word, excel, and powerpoint). Just dont be hesitant to approach the helps included in each softwares. Everyday I always have a new informations by simply exploring its content.
@made28 (60)
• Netherlands
3 Apr 08
a i got my first pc (an amstrad 286 xt) around 1983 ( i was 11)and started to fidle around with it within 3 years i masterd dos ,bios inputs. after windows 3.11 i switched to amiga (masted be os, ami os,) later on i learned everything there is to know in the digital age ( you name it i know it even how to hook up a coffee machine to a rs232 port) fidled around with hardware since 1995 and started to work in the I.T sector in 2000,(as a network expert p.s followed college for 3 years and learned nothing more than that some teachers should really work more with pc's and test what they teach)and stopped in 2007 i decided to return my hobby to me ;)
@MGjhaud (20866)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
Computers are cheap by then huh..? When I bought my computer before but that was just seven years ago, i paid $650. From then I started using just about every application available because I got it when I started in college and because I am an IT student. I think I'm an average user.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
Well, I have learned purely from experimenting on computer. Of course there were some help from some of my friends who from time to time I call to inquire on what to do. Except for powerpoint, I have taken a course on it since its really important for my set up being an instructor. So I paid for it and was certified. Its really an advantage to learn a lot about computers as well as programs since there are so many thing that you can do with this this things.
@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
I know just the bacis, Word, Excel and powerpoint. Before when I dont have nero, i enjoy making slide shows using powerpoint, now with nero, i can add music and more effects to my slide shows...
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
I consider myself computer savvy which i think belongs to expert as i have learn some technical staff aside from basics things we used to do in a computer. I have learned all this since i had my first work way back 1998 where i learned the basics such word, excel, powerpoint but as years go by i learned more and as of now im on my way to learn deeper about computers which i am very eager to do because it's really interest me.
• United States
3 Apr 08
I would not consider myself expert but certainly intermediate. I grew up using a Tandy and back then everything was done in DOS. I spent much more time on the computer than my siblings so I spent alot of time watching my dad load, install and fixing things in DOS. I think that gave me a pretty good understanding where now if I have a problem I can usually figure it out but still theres alot left to the imagination because now you have SO MUCH more. I did start teaching myself HTML but lost interest in it when they started introducing programs that did everything for you on the internet but now I went back to school because I want to learn programming. I would like to really become an expert at EXCEL, I used to ask my dad all the time to teach me it back in HS, now come to find you can use it for anything I decided I'll have to teach myself that too.
@mummymo (23707)
3 Apr 08
I guess i would say I am an intermediate! I have used computers for years and even used to work assembling and testing them! I think i would be more confident taking apart a computer and putting it back together than I would be at using certain software programmes! Thankfully though my other half and my 14 year old are always willing to help me with anything I don't understand! xx
@wy2008 (185)
• China
3 Apr 08
i consider myself a beginner of using computer , i can use the office software such as word , excel , powerpoint , and i can surfing online , recieve or send an email , and some other kind of things , all this is just for beginners , i think . i know little about the virus defendent , when my computer is infected by virus , i just can't do much help and turn to my friends.
• Italy
3 Apr 08
i'm pretty much a beginner but getting there slowly but surely
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 08
I first saw a computer at college when I was 16 years old and I was nervous about using it. When I was 19 I had to use a computer for my work in an office. I learned to use it for a data base that updated exchange rates. Then I went to university when I was 24 to study English Literature and do teacher training. My lecturers had difficulty getting me to learn to use the Internet and it took me ages to type on a computer to produce an assignment. I hand wrote almost everything and as result of that my writing was quick in exams. When I was 28 the head teacher at the school I was teaching at was annoyed that I knew nothing about computers. So I got my own computer though a half price computers for teachers deal. This helped me learn as a beginner. I had some challenges in ICT rooms with different classes of children. I quickly learned which child knew the most about computers! Now my computer literacy has improved and I have my own laptop. But I am not an expert. I can use the Internet, email, word process and use photo CD ROMS. I have used Windows and Linux.
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
3 Apr 08
I'd say intermediate. I know how to work the basics and I am also able to help my man, my mom and a few others when something is not right with their laptops. I have found you can fix most things with a little patience and by reading the help section. But I am no expert by far. I get by.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
3 Apr 08
when i had my first computer i only used to play games on it.slowly i started surfing the internet.then when i went to college i learnt programming,using c,vb,java,i also learnt of word and excel.i also did a course in hardware/networking.according to the above sentences i think i'm intermediate.
3 Apr 08
Well i consider myself quite an expert considering i got my first pc in 1998 and quicky taught myself how to take it all apart and put it back together. Done 3 years in high skool computing classes and then a further 3 years in college getting my diploma in computing. Now i run an IT dept for a small organisation where i live and keep myself going through new training all the time when new technology comes out & can practically build pc's in my sleep. Don't you just love the techinal revoloution :)
@Jody20 (887)
• Netherlands
3 Apr 08
I'm pretty good in using computerprograms such as microsoft works, word or other programs, but i can't take a computer apart and put it back together. I would see that i'm intermediate, all do i can't put a whole computer together, i can change a broken cdrom player and replace it and i'm pretty good with computerprograms.