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12/2/2012 7:02:49 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I'm a 23 yr. old tech noob. I obviously know the very basics. But that's it.

Does anyone know of good basic; books, editorials, etc. to learn about / get comfortable with technology (i.e. computers & internet)?

How did you learn?

(In case it's relevant, Now I use primarily windows 8, but I sometimes still use windows 7. )

Thanx.
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12/2/2012 8:41:08 PM
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What do you want to learn about?

hello world
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12/2/2012 8:50:08 PM
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At 12/2/2012 8:41:08 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
What do you want to learn about?

hello world

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12/2/2012 10:05:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/2/2012 8:41:08 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
What do you want to learn about?

hello world

a) How computers work. I know about relays / transistors, the basic components of a computer, but I want to understand more about how computers work.

b) practically how to get the most out of computers/Internet.
The kind of stuff that you pick-up/find over time/with experience.
I'm wondering if there is a way to learn about it formally in an organized way.
Like my computer didn't come with a manual, I'm learning how to use it/windows 8, just by trial n error, playing around with it, ect. I'm wondering if there is a better way.
I cannot write in English, because of the treacherous spelling. When I am reading, I only hear it and am unable to remember what the written word looks like."
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12/2/2012 10:15:18 PM
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Unfortunately best way to learn is trial and error.
Also google.
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12/3/2012 5:45:33 PM
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Just start playing around with the operating system. Read technology articles, and use Bing.
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12/4/2012 4:02:21 PM
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At 12/2/2012 10:05:20 PM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
At 12/2/2012 8:41:08 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
What do you want to learn about?

hello world

a) How computers work. I know about relays / transistors, the basic components of a computer, but I want to understand more about how computers work.

Get a book on TCP/IP. That will give you a lot of insight into how modern computer networks (like the Internet) work. "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" is sort of the classic for understanding the innards (hard drive, memory, cpu, etc.). I would also get a book on Linux like "Ubuntu Unleashed". Learning Linux is a really fun way to learn about how computers work and Linux is the best way to get the most out of computers.

b) practically how to get the most out of computers/Internet.
The kind of stuff that you pick-up/find over time/with experience.

As you read and explore, look up new terms in Wikipedia. The best way to learn is a good mixture of exploring and reading. Read slashdot.org every day and look into every unfamiliar term you come across. After a month of that, you will be a pro.

I'm wondering if there is a way to learn about it formally in an organized way.
Like my computer didn't come with a manual, I'm learning how to use it/windows 8, just by trial n error, playing around with it, ect. I'm wondering if there is a better way.
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12/5/2012 7:48:31 AM
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I was a government experiment, so I was fused with a supercomputer as a fetus. My knowledge of technology was pre-programmed.
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12/5/2012 9:19:02 AM
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youtube will tell you everything you need to know
Why are you reading this? It's not like it's important or anything.
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12/11/2012 6:39:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I recommend starting with the "The Internet for Dummies" and "PCs for Dummies." Check amazon for the latest editions. Also something like "PC Magazine" to point out new stuff. Once you get the basics then you'll be able to find more advanced books on amazon. MaximumPC is good ubergeek magazine.

cnet.com is a good web site, and YouTube videos will cover individual topics once you know what to look for. TCP/IP is the deep end of the pool, too adanced to interest most people.

I leaned by first getting a couple of engineering degrees from M.I.T. then moving to Silicon Valley ... you probably don't want to do that.
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12/11/2012 9:29:35 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 12/11/2012 6:39:23 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
I recommend starting with the "The Internet for Dummies" and "PCs for Dummies." Check amazon for the latest editions. Also something like "PC Magazine" to point out new stuff. Once you get the basics then you'll be able to find more advanced books on amazon. MaximumPC is good ubergeek magazine.

cnet.com is a good web site, and YouTube videos will cover individual topics once you know what to look for. TCP/IP is the deep end of the pool, too adanced to interest most people.

I leaned by first getting a couple of engineering degrees from M.I.T. then moving to Silicon Valley ... you probably don't want to do that.

Wow. I read your profile, pretty impressive. & thanx for the advice.

BTW. Do you know Gerald Schroeder?
He earned a PhD from MIT in nuclear physics and earth and planetary sciences in 1965. & then worked for five years on the staff of the MIT physics department.
Which is durring the time that you were there.
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