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Slamo's Sister
01-28-2002, 10:23 AM
hey peeps. i wanna no if anyone can tell me where to find good free computer training on the net. or help me with it. i wanna no more bout computers. but i don't no anything! thankx if u could help me it'd be great! :geek:

Beefy
01-28-2002, 10:25 AM
what do ya want help with?

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 10:27 AM
Read hardware reviews, they'll teach you a lot. www.tweaktown.com

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 10:37 AM
The TweakTown Web News (http://www.tweaktown.com/news.php) will help ya too. ;)
Of course there is also this link http://users.erols.com/chare/hardware.htm too. ;)
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Olie
01-28-2002, 10:39 AM
learn through trial and error

like me :)

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 10:42 AM
And blowing up lots of hardware! ;)

Olie
01-28-2002, 10:45 AM
i didn't kill anything

just losts lots of data, and windows

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 10:45 AM
Best to start with the old 386/486 stuff 1st. ;)
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Anonymous
01-28-2002, 10:47 AM
i didn't kill anything

just losts lots of data, and windows

I started my blowing up of things when I was living in Tanunda!

Olie
01-28-2002, 10:53 AM
cans of deode and petrol don't count tweak :p

Synthetic
01-28-2002, 11:15 AM
hey peeps. i wanna no if anyone can tell me where to find good free computer training on the net. or help me with it. i wanna no more bout computers. but i don't no anything! thankx if u could help me it'd be great! :geek:

well i could help ya out...might cost ya though......:) jk
what do u need help with though?

Mr. C
01-28-2002, 11:28 AM
Hmmm, when I was at that stage I was able to pick up quite a bit from the How-To's & Tutorials available at ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/) and at CNet (http://www.cnet.com/).

I'm really not sure what is available there nowadays though.

However, I can reccomend highly the TechTV (http://www.techtv.com/) website.
In particular the Call For Help (http://www.techtv.com/callforhelp/) and The Screensavers (http://www.techtv.com/screensavers) sites.

At those 2 sites, I guarantee you'll find lots of how-to's, tweaks, troubleshooting, news, etc. Be sure to check those shownotes too.(you can even sign up to have the shownotes sent to you via email)

Man I love TechTV -- television about technology -- 24/7:thumb: (except for a bit of paid-programming in the wee hours of the morning)

You Aussies ought to gang up on your cable/sattelite providers and see about getting it. I have seen callers on the shows from Europe, Phillipines, Korea, India, etc.

I don't know of a good reason you can't have it in OZ, just need to let them know there is market for it.

But for now, you do at least have the website -- check it out!

(I had to make do with just the website 2+ years before my sattelite provider carried it):cry: But I survived it:)

Slamo's Sister
01-28-2002, 11:32 AM
okay. wot the **** is this? it looks like a housing esate!

<img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/microprocessor1.gif">

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 11:37 AM
Looks like the layout of a processing unit to me. :D

Mr. C
01-28-2002, 11:38 AM
I'm not trying to underestimate your abilities SS, but if you truly know nothing about computers, that may be a bit of the "deep end of the pool" to learn how to swim.

I do admire you for your enthusiasm though:thumb:

Check those TechTV links I gave you above, there is a lot to be learned there, I assure you.

Andy
01-28-2002, 11:38 AM
it is, according to the picture name, a diagram of how a microprocessor works. you don't have to worry about such things (IMO), i don't know how they work either

Mr. C
01-28-2002, 12:08 PM
I share your sentiments andy, it doesn't really matter how - just as long as it does.

And if it doesn't work, I don't have a screwdriver small enough to fix it anyway. However I do own a hammer large enough to "take care of it".

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 12:12 PM
So long as ya know which components to put together and wack an operatin' system on, load the apropriete drivers then tune it to hum is all ya really need. ;)
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Mr. C
01-28-2002, 12:20 PM
So long as ya know which components to put together and wack an operatin' system on, load the apropriete drivers then tune it to hum is all ya really need. ;)

Can I get that on a bumpersticker?

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 12:36 PM
You could try I spose. :?:
When I 1st got on the web and wanted to find out more about computers I found this site http://www.pcguide.com/ to be very helpful and read it from start to finish. ;)
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Kay
01-28-2002, 12:48 PM
He had a lot of free time then ;) not like now though :rolleyes:

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 04:39 PM
cans of deode and petrol don't count tweak :p

Well it wasn't just that kind of stuff. The first thing I actually blow up was a power supply by changing the voltage on the back thinking (at the time) it would speed up my PC. Remember I wasn't even in high school at this stage. SInce then I've blew up a few more power supplies, most because of screws getting into them and damn when that happens it scares the crap out of me because I'm usually about 5 feet from it and BANG!

Slamo
01-28-2002, 04:44 PM
i don't understand why she just doesn't ask me to teach her :confused:

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 04:46 PM
i don't understand why she just doesn't ask me to teach her :confused:

Everyone has a reason for everything, well most people. It would be like me trying to teach my parents to use their new PC. I would skip things I just presume they know or should know, skipping the most crucial things.

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 04:47 PM
Maybe there's a reason for that. :?:
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Slamo
01-28-2002, 04:48 PM
Everyone has a reason for everything, well most people. It would be like me trying to teach my parents to use their new PC. I would skip things I just presume they know or should know, skipping the most crucial things.


yeah, spose

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 04:54 PM
yeah, spose

Quite a meaningful response Slamo........ :rolleyes:

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 04:56 PM
Maybe she just wants to do it on her own. :?:
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Anonymous
01-28-2002, 04:57 PM
Maybe she just wants to do it on her own. :?:
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Independence can be good I guess.

Wiggo
01-28-2002, 05:17 PM
Well it's the way I did it. ;)
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Anonymous
01-28-2002, 05:28 PM
Likewise, self taught, like many.

Andy
01-28-2002, 05:33 PM
self taught as well, and i have to thank that 486's hard drive for fuxoring up for my knowledge of computers :)

Anonymous
01-28-2002, 05:36 PM
I guess that's really like saying "You have to spend money to make money", whereas in computer terms... "You have to blow up something to learn something".

Olie
01-28-2002, 06:18 PM
it scares the crap out of me because I'm usually about 5 feet from it and BANG!

i was plugging the cable into mine when it blew

scared the $hit out of me

Albinus
01-28-2002, 06:35 PM
I had an old 286 in 1993 that I taught myself DOS on, and when the Pentium 100 arrived..... it had 16MB of RAM..... boy I was the talk of Grade 10 :D

Beefy
01-28-2002, 07:12 PM
Well, back in my day, we didn't even have XT's to use.. I had to learn how to tweak an abacus!

Albinus
01-28-2002, 07:15 PM
Well, back in my day, we didn't even have XT's to use.. I had to learn how to tweak an abacus!


Hmmmm....... and you're younger than me......... :rolleyes: :D

Beefy
01-29-2002, 04:51 AM
....... *runs away*

Slamo's Sister
01-29-2002, 05:31 AM
the reason i didn't ask :geek:simon:geek: to help me was cuz he'd give up 10 mintues after we had started cuz he'd be so ahead of me. and i'd ask too many question. he'd call me a dumb *****. go off @ me. say i should NO these things. and that i'll never learn :angryfire

Wiggo
01-29-2002, 09:20 AM
I figured that maybe the case but I hope the links help ya start. ;)
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Synthetic
01-29-2002, 08:51 PM
the reason i didn't ask :geek:simon:geek: to help me was cuz he'd give up 10 mintues after we had started cuz he'd be so ahead of me. and i'd ask too many question. he'd call me a dumb *****. go off @ me. say i should NO these things. and that i'll never learn :angryfire

thats what brothers are for;)

Beefy
01-30-2002, 04:50 AM
exactly.. ;)

Slamo
01-30-2002, 05:35 AM
actually i think that is how the scenario unfolded last time wasn't it? :D

Wiggo
01-30-2002, 05:52 AM
And which one was that exactly? :?:
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Beefy
01-30-2002, 06:23 AM
slamo being a typical brother and not helping his sis, so she went elsewhere for help

Anonymous
01-30-2002, 06:36 AM
SS found a GREAT site for you!

http://www.howstuffworks.com/category.htm?cat=Comp

Beefy
01-30-2002, 07:02 AM
i told her that already.. :) well, more specifically, http://www.howstuffworks.com/pc.html

Anonymous
01-30-2002, 07:36 AM
i told her that already.. :) well, more specifically, http://www.howstuffworks.com/pc.html

Oops.

Beefy
01-30-2002, 07:37 AM
don't worry.. I told her over MSN.. it wasn't on here.. you didn't do bad...

Mr. C
01-31-2002, 07:27 AM
Actually, there appears to be something of a dilemna for new computer users/those recently smitten by the computing bug.

Now I don't claim to be self taught, I had a lot of help from websites. Several sites had lots of tutorials and how-to's for new users.

It seems in the 3+ years since, some of those sites have disappeared, others have changed focus. While others, if they have such content still -- it is buried so deep I can't find it.

There were lot's of sites that wanted to sell such information, either as an on-line course, or on CD-ROM.

That's rather sad I think.
(Now I understand the web isn't a static display, but a person seeking basic knowledge has terribly limited resources these days it seems)

It seems the forums and chatrooms in place on the web are most likely taking the brunt of the questions that new users have. (Not sure where else they could be going?)

But that's cool, I think we are up to the task -- so bring those questions on over here. The TT Forum Help Team is ready and willing to give our best efforts to any questions you might have!
(OF course, that's all un-official -- I'm just a forum member hee hee)