How did you learn?

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@Kandae11 (54080)
September 3, 2018 8:46am CST
From what age did you learn to use the internet and computer? and who was your teacher? Perhaps you attended classes, or you were taught by a family member or friend , or even self taught. I got involved a bit late . My son showed me the basics and I picked up whatever else I needed to know along the way. How did you learn?
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@just4him (314070)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Sep 18
I bought first, then went to college. When I attended my first class I was proud of myself that I knew how to turn it on.
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@TheHorse (211436)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 Sep 18
Turn it on. Heh. Sounds a lot like me.
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@just4him (314070)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Sep 18
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
I know the feeling.
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@GardenGerty (158823)
• United States
3 Sep 18
Basically I am self taught. I started learning about twenty years ago. My kids had computers in school and so we had one at home and I began using it.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
I needed the initial basic instructions and the rest I learned on my own.
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@db20747 (43444)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
5 Sep 18
My 4 year old cousin showed me how 2 put dvd's in the computer and watch them!!! Kids showed the old folk alot about computers!!!!!
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@Kandae11 (54080)
5 Sep 18
@db20747 I won't doubt it.
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• Preston, England
3 Sep 18
I was in my late 20's when I caught on to the internet via university in the late 1980's
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• Preston, England
4 Sep 18
@Kandae11 yes, I guess so
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
You have been around it for a good while.
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@LadyDuck (466075)
• Switzerland
3 Sep 18
I started to use an Apple II in 1979, I was still pretty young, 29 years old. We did not attend classes, we bought books and learned by ourselves. My husband even became an Apple developer.
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@LadyDuck (466075)
• Switzerland
3 Sep 18
@Kuttu_007 Back in those times Windows did not exist and the Apple II had nothing to do with the modern Apple computers.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Your husband is a computer expert. Along with his other areas of study, my son has a Diploma in that field.
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@Kuttu_007 (1940)
• India
3 Sep 18
That's great....I think using apple is quite different from using Windows..
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@amadeo (111941)
• United States
3 Sep 18
I was in my sixties after I retired from my job.
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@db20747 (43444)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
5 Sep 18
That's about right!! That's when the internet was really starting to catch on!!!!
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Then you had more time on your hands to devote to it.
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@Courage7 (19633)
• United States
3 Sep 18
No one taught me much at all just picked it up on my own. Even today if I have a question I may ask my son. I was probably on them since the late 80s I am guessing.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Yes, I still ask my son a few things whenever he is around.
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@Courage7 (19633)
• United States
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 Sons are a blessing to us Kandase
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@Courage7 (19633)
• United States
3 Sep 18
@compslick Good you had a good teacher James. I am so old I remember doing key punch machine in high school.
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@May2k8 (18239)
• Indonesia
3 Sep 18
I learned from books and practiced it since 2003.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Wonderful!
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@allknowing (131958)
• India
3 Sep 18
I did attend a few classes when Windows was nowhere on the scene and that knowledge did not help. I took the help of a friend who was a teacher to get the hang of windows and also bought a book 'windows for dummies' Have gone a long way now and I could call myself a pro if what I do now is any indication (lol)
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@ptrikha_2 (46119)
• India
8 Sep 18
@allknowing yes I have seen the "For Dummies" series.
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@allknowing (131958)
• India
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 After ruining a couple of hard disks though (lol)
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
You are a pro.
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@cacay1 (83252)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
4 Sep 18
We were taught and trained in school. Computer course is part of the school's curriculum in Ph schools starting high school.
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@ptrikha_2 (46119)
• India
5 Sep 18
@cacay1 starting from which class?
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@cacay1 (83252)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Sep 18
@Kandae11 , so true, we are now in multicultural communication.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
Yes it is all much different now from years ago.
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@JudyEv (331375)
• Rockingham, Australia
4 Sep 18
Vince introduced a computer into his business in a small country town in the late 1970s. It was the first one in the town. But I didn't have much to do with it at that time. Later I did word-processing as part of a course and later used a number of different programs in my job.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
That must have been exciting - the first computer in the town.
@Dena91 (16254)
• United States
3 Sep 18
I was 32, my Dad got Mike and I started with the basics. We learned everything else as we move along with it.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Yes, After learning the basics one can move along by trial and error.
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@ilocosboy (45157)
• Philippines
3 Sep 18
I was already in colkege when computer was started in my place... you know the use of DOS or disc operating system to start the computer.
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@ilocosboy (45157)
• Philippines
3 Sep 18
Those DOS now is gone and computers invaded our homes, offices and schools.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
@ilocosboy invasion indeed.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
One must start somewhere or get left behind.
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@Kuttu_007 (1940)
• India
3 Sep 18
When I was kid I used to sit near my brother sometimes sister... they used to play games and do their assignments on the computer so I learned the very basics like switching on and off...apart from the that I've learned everything thing on my own... sometimes I do make the computer go crazy..lol...oh and my high school taught me programming...
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
My son had that same interest from a very early age.
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@Kuttu_007 (1940)
• India
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 that's great..
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@Spontaneo (14701)
• United States
3 Sep 18
During my last year of elementary school, the school received one Apple. However, I did not learn how to use a computer until after high school.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
In this age of the internet we all must get there sooner or later.
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@rsa101 (38061)
• Philippines
4 Sep 18
I was a young yuppie back then. No internet in my place and have no idea what it was before. Then the office introduce it to us. From there I learn the basics of email and later on browsing the net. After some months there was a young entrepreneur who offered the net to the public. During those years it was still dial up modems are the trend. You will have to hang up your telephone and dial them to connect.. Then the rest was history.
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@rsa101 (38061)
• Philippines
4 Sep 18
@Kandae11 Imagine that you have to dial a numberto connect to the net and because there is limited numbers yo connect to there are times that you cannot connect because all the numbers are used
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
That's what you call progress.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
@rsa101 Wow! that must have been so very frustrating.
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@DWDavis (25806)
• United States
3 Sep 18
The first computer learning I did was in high school. We had an assignment in physics class to write a program to instruct the computer to spell our name. I don't remember how many punch cards it took took, but it was dozens. Years later, I learned how to use a PC when I returned to college in 1988, after a tour in the military, and first used the internet around 1990ish.
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@DWDavis (25806)
• United States
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 It was. One missed punch on one card and the whole thing wouldn't work.
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@TheHorse (211436)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 Sep 18
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
That sounds like a tough first assignment.
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@rakski (112924)
• Philippines
3 Sep 18
High school I think. And tge rest is history
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@rakski (112924)
• Philippines
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 but nowadays, they have computer class in primary school
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
Yes, most kids these days would have got their instructions from school.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
@rakski They certainly do .
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
3 Sep 18
I was already in my fifties when I started computering. At my school, an introduction into the topic was offered for teachers who were beginners. I was a genuine beginner but as it turned out the only honest person in the course. All the other participants already knew the basics. I felt cheated. I hired a pupil I knew but I didn't teach any more and told him to answer my questions but not to explain anything I didn't have to know. Men love showing off and I didn't need that. He behaved well and helped me a lot. I gave him some money and we were both happy. He came again whenever I needed help. He hasn't been here for a long time. Meanwhile he has finished his studies and probably doesn't live with his parents any more. But he has a younger brother should there ever be another crisis ...
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@MALUSE (69388)
• Germany
3 Sep 18
@Kandae11 My colleagues didn't catch on faster than me. They already worked with their computers and had only come to the course because they hoped to learn some tricks they didn't know already. I, on the other hand, could only write on the computer as if it were a typewriter. I knew nothing about the internet yet.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
The beginners weren't actual beginners - and I suppose it seemed as though they caught on faster than you did. that was a good move - hiring the pupil.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
3 Sep 18
@MALUSE That is why I said - it appeared as if they caught on faster - they weren't really beginners, they already knew the basics.
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@TheHorse (211436)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 Sep 18
I learned in the late 1980s when it was all starting out. Not sure who showed me.
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@ptrikha_2 (46119)
• India
8 Sep 18
@TheHorse some school or college friend?
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@TheHorse (211436)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Sep 18
@Kandae11 I think it was staff at the small college where I was teaching.
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@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
A friend perhaps.
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@sol_cee (38221)
• Philippines
4 Sep 18
We had computer classes as part of our curriculum and everyone was always excited to use the air conditioned rooms.
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@ptrikha_2 (46119)
• India
6 Sep 18
@sol_cee yes indeed - the lure of the air conditioned rooms !
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@ptrikha_2 (46119)
• India
8 Sep 18
@sol_cee yes a luxury and very few could afford to buy a new PC- it was the year 1995. However by year 2000, PCs were much note affordable and common.
@Kandae11 (54080)
4 Sep 18
I can well imagine.
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