Learning the Computer

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
December 26, 2008 4:56pm CST
I know there are probably some of you who had to learn to use the computer by trial and error, like myself.What I'd like to know is how difficult it has been. My first computer was given to me by one of my daughters. She just appeared with it one day. I had a lot of doubts as to whether I would ever learn to use it, but I soon discovered that I had nothing to fear. The hardest part to me was learning all of the terms associated with computer technology. Thanks to tech support and friends who helped me out I now consider myself moderately savvy when using the computer. So, how long did it take you to learn the basics of using your computer? Have you succeeded in learning enough that you wouldn't still be considered a newbie?
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
27 Dec 08
It took me lots of time to piddle with the computer when I first got it and days and weeks of frustration. When my husband brought it home to me, I had no clue how to turn it on. One of our kids had to show me where the button was to turn on the computer. Looking back, it was so silly. I am content now with everything I've taught myself. What I make sure to do now is take all photos uploaded on the computer from my digital camera to a cd. Don't want to lose any pictures of the grandkids. Since I have an old, lousy printer I do send what photos I want to print to Walgreen's. Several years later I am happy with what I've taught myself. I learn much easier when I make mistakes and correct them myself.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I agree, carolbee, that it is the best way to learn. I have made a couple of costly mistakes in the past, but I never let that deter me. I've never used a printer or scanner, so that's my next big step!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Good luck..lol
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
26 Dec 08
I was 14 when I received my first computer. It was a very simple computer and my brother and I used it to play computergames. I think I was able to write a little bit on that computer, but I wasn't very interested in that at the time, I just wanted to play games. A few years later I bought another computer, and I used it to write and to play games. No one taught me how to use it, I learned it by myself (trial and error) and I prefer it that way. I like to experiment and to learn things on my own. I was introduced to the internet at school, and I learned some of the the basic things, but most of the other things I have learned by myself.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Your response, Porcospino, took me back to my early experiences on the computer. Back then I also just used it to play games. I'm so happy to have learned to do lots of other things now.
• United Kingdom
26 Dec 08
I guess I'm pretty confident when it comes to using my computer. I did take a couple of basic computing courses quite a few years back and I got on quite well. I also recently took a course in computer maintenance which I completed successfully. I guess, as always, things are going to be difficult the first time round! Over time though you will become used to the good old computer! Andrew
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 08
Learning the maintenance of your computer sounds like an excellent thing, AndrewFreyne! I have become more confident as time goes by and would like to take a course in maintenance myself.
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• United Kingdom
15 Jan 09
Thank you for the best response my friend. Andrew
• United States
15 Jan 09
oh boy I have had lots of trial and errors on my part....LOL hubby and I got a computer on a whim about 8-10 yrs ago, and it was at a flea mkt where they were selling refurbished computers for 99.00, we figured what could it hurt, so we got it....since then we have learned alot, and learn alot of not to do's... and we are still learning....and we only upgraded our computer last year because the other one got real slow, and was getting alot of errors. LOL
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
It just goes to show, bookreadermom, that sometimes our whims can lead us to greater and greater things!
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Hi. I know enoug to turn the computer on and off, but for a lot of computer things I have to ask my son for help. He knows much more about computer than i do.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
I've learned some of the most valuable thing from the youngsters, albert!
@shehzu (43)
• Mauritius
31 Dec 08
Ok, yeah, me too by trial and error... well, i no how to use a PC and now am taking IT course at Cisco in Networking field... Happy New Year
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
That's pretty impressive, shehzu, and good for you!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Dec 08
I started on the TRs80, the computer from Radio Shack and I learned basic, and then when the Pcs came in, my sons were going to school and they got one, and I learned how to operate it by osmosis. I was sure glad when Windows came in and I did not have to do Dos. I already knew how to type, but it was learning that HTML terms that was hard and all those keys are the top. It took me about a couple of years to learn it all, and still not good at formatting or fixing it when it is broken. I consider myself intermediate.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
HTML still presents a problem for me, suspenseful, but I refuse to give up! Sometimes I wish that I could be a bit less lazy about learning new things because it's a great feeling to actually accomplish your goals.
@KrauseHome (35293)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Well, for me I have been around Computers for around 20-25 yrs. The main thing is how they have really changed since then, and it is amazing all that one can do now for sure as well. When I was considering my first Computer back almost 10 yrs. ago, I had no idea they would get to what they can do today. My first computer was a 386 and could barely access any internet, and had Windows 98 on it. How I really thought I was getting somewhere. But I do remember especially as I updated to Newer computers how complex they can sometimes be, especially when the Internet access continues to improve as well. As I had taken typing in school, that was not the issue. Just learning how to use the Computer and access Email, etc. was one of the harder things for sure. But in anything everyone always finds if they continue to pursue or do something, it does get easier for sure.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
I agree, KrauseHome, that practice will eventually make perfect - or some reasonable facsimile.
@cuttyrish (2663)
• United States
28 Dec 08
i have a computer class in school from elementary, hs, and some in college.. before i got a hold of a windows based computer, the teacher taught us the basis using the old pcs, the ones that are dos.. i was about 8 years old when i first touch a pc, and i got to learn some of pc terms before even using. And i was 10 when i tried to use a windows based pc... and i got one when i was about 11 or 12.. No one really taught me how to use the windows based type, i taught myself. I know a lot of pcs now but i am still learning alot. and i am also the one fixing mine, when it have some problems...
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
It's great, cuttyrish, that you are learning to address the problems with your computer. I feel so happy whenever a problem arises and I know how to troubleshoot it!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
28 Dec 08
I got my first computer from a friend for $100. It was a real dinosaur but it served its purpose at the time. I knew nothing about computers and my sister had to help me. Since then I have owned another three computers and I consider myself quite knowledgeable because as things would go wrong and I couldn't rely on my sister to come over and fix it I joined forums and learnt as much as I could and every time I got an error message of any sort I would research the solution and make a note of it which has resulted in an extensive file of IT hints. I recently switched from XP to Vista and that was a challenge as a lot of my old software is not Vista compatible so I have had to find different versions and had to reformat my laptop several times due to other problems. It's all a learning journey I guess but computers can be a nightmare when they don't do as they are told.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Computers certainly can be frustrating when they don't do what they're told, paula! I've learned to look for specific problems when this happens.
@arthi_88 (1518)
• India
28 Dec 08
i started learning computer when I was a very small kid, in my father's computer by playing games and painting...Then there was regular computer classes in school...So all that together taught me computer at an early age and I am learning the technical stuffs now in college as I am studying engineering....I am not a newbie but I am surely not yet savvy...I need to learn other two languages before I can say that...My mom's been trying to learn Powerpoint for the past few weeks! Hope she succeeds and my Dad remains cool tempered till then...Have a nice day!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I just recently learned to use Microsoft Word, arthi, and I am really enjoying it. I've also learned some things that I don't necessarily bother with.
• United States
28 Dec 08
Since it is December , that means I have been working with a computer for 3 years now. I learned by playing video games and then I branched out to emails. I was taught by both my sister and my nephew.I am not a newbie but I am not a geek or a nerd either at least not yet. I keep working my way to it.It hasn't been hard. There have been some tricky spots but all in all , it has been okay.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I've been using the computer for about the same length of time as you, sarah, and I agree that the more you learn the more you want to learn.
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@littleone3 (2065)
27 Dec 08
I got my first PC when i was a teenager but that was before the internet was around so i am also the same as you, i am self taught and have learnt by trial and error. If i have any problems i usually ask my two eldest sons as they use computers at school nearly everyday and my eldest is very technical minded. I also have a brother who builds his own computers who i am able to call on if i have any trouble as he can fix most problems.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
You're very lucky to have help available when you need it, littleone3. My daughter was a big help to me when I first began.
@eseomame (1146)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I also learnt the computer by trial and error and although I went to a computer school eventually, i had already learnt most of what I needed. I improved with the help of a special friend and much practice and resources from the internet. So right now, I'm a website developer.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
That's just great, eseomame! I believe we never forget the things we learn through trial and error.
• India
27 Dec 08
Everybody has to learn something in same way. Although now I am confident computer user but I could still remember the days when I had just started working on computers. In those days computers didn't had a GUI interface, i.e. everything had to typed (all the work was based on typing some command and if you forget the command, you were not able to complete the task). Now, a days computer is more user friendly then it was some years back and its continuously improving.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I'm just glad that I got into computers at a later stage, online! I think it would have been much harder for me if I had started earlier.
• Singapore
27 Dec 08
Like you, I also just learn computer not very long ago. I bought the second-handed laptop on July 2006. On the first year, I only knew how to write something on document. Half a year later, I started to surf Internet and chatting on line. After that, I slowly learn how to e-mail people. I only started writing blogs on the end of year 2007. Since then, I learned how to upload picture and video on my blog site. And now, I am learning how to make money on line, it is ready fun and exciting for me. It seems like I have many new things to learn.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
All it really takes, coolingstar, is one step at a time. You have the desire to learn and it drives you.
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
27 Dec 08
I never thought i will be this much savvy as i never had interest before on computer. I only learned using the computer many years back when it was needed at work. I applied for part time work during my college days and i had no choice but to learn it by myself. Though basic computer is thought in our school, i never had the chance to have a hands on because of lack of computer facility. So when i had that part time job, it give me the chance to apply what i learn on manuals that thought in school. That's the time i prove to myself that it is very easy to use. Since that i never fear to use and learn more. Especially nowadays that i became more computer savvy and internet savvy, even tech savvy. I realized that computer is my passion and being savvy on the internet gives me a lot of knowledge.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I'm happy that you found your strength, cheenlly! I agree that learning new things is great.
• China
27 Dec 08
For my job, I need to learn Unix, a kind of operating system, totally different from xp system, I have to learn how to use the database, so difficult for me to learn, since I began working in this company everyday, I have to learn new things, tired I must to say, but happy, because I have the chance to learn something new in my life. Keep learning.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
You have a positive attitude, sophia, and I hope it will take you very far!
@nocovi (517)
• China
27 Dec 08
I am a newbie when I firstly use it in the cyber bar.I bought a computer this March and then I turn quite interested in computer.Now I find I am almost addicted to it.I try a new OS which is called Linux.I love it so much!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I've wondered about Linux myself, nocovi, so maybe I'll try learning it too!
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I did not hardly know anything about a computer when I first started out. I have learned quite a bit now and do not think I am considered a newbie at all now.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
30 Dec 08
I was also very intimidated when I first started, stephcjh. Now I tell everyone who expresses a desire to learn to just jump in and things will come to them.