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I would just like to thank all the many people who give of their time to help people like myself, who are almost completely lost with computer problems. So many times I have been rescued. I am sure we " novices" must be a pain in the **** to some of you guys, but you never cease to amaze me with your almost immediate response to a new posting. I wonder if some of you ever go to bed. :-))
Sometimes you get a bit angry when people don't state the systems that they are using...but please be patient...... some of us have no idea what you are talking about when you ask these "mundane", to you, questions.
Anyway, enough of that. A million thanks to you all. You are a real credit to your pastime / hobby / interest. Bill.
On behalf of everyone, novices and "experts" alike, thanks for that.
We have all been "novices" at some point and you too will begin to offer advice and help to others as you become more experienced or even if you have encountered a problem that has been solved and see someone with the same problem, you will be able to help them in your new found "Expert" mode.
Again, thanks from all on PCA.
that your message will warm the hearts of all our forum helpers, and on their behalf - thank you.
As for your request viki, you've posted it in someone else's thread, but in any case don't do what you are planning to do.
Unless you know them, or they have previously indicated their willingness to receive unsolicited mail from you, what you intend doing to those 1000 people is classed as spamming, and you must not do it.
As Smiffy99 points out, we were all novices once and many of us have learnt so much from this site. I've solved many a niggling problem just by browsing here and, of course, if I see somebody else with the same problem then I'll share my 'knowledge' with them. You'll find that everybody knows something that someone else does not, so you could be helping out a bit sooner than you thought you would. Thanks for your comments, it makes it all a little more worthwhile.
PS: ".. Sometimes you get a bit angry when people don't state the systems that they are using ..."
It's not a case of getting angry, it's because different systems need different solutions.
Hi, I'm back again. Now that I have a lot more free time, I feel that I would like to learn a lot more of the mechanics of computing. What are your suggestions regarding training books / manuals, fault finding & curing etc.etc.etc.
Thanks in anticipation.
Titles and ISBN numbers appreciated.
It crops up often enough, and it's a perfectly valid request, but I've never yet read a book on computing that has been interesting enough to get me past the first few pages. It's a product of the subject matter I suppose - computers are pretty dull things when you get under the bonnet.
The mechanics of computing are pretty straightforward in fact; all computers have the same basic components, and they all work in much the same way - it's when you get to the software that it becomes really interesting.
There are plenty of free tutorials available online, and here are a few good ones:
You might find them interesting to start with, you can expand your knowledge of specific areas of computing as you gain speed - just type some keywords into a search engine like Google and add the word : tutorial.
Unless i am mistaken, i believe that 'Vicki' post was a tongue in cheek swipe at some requests for help. LOL, well either that or a budding spammer in the making.
this appears to be a "repost" of an "old" thread...BUT,,, as a "novice" myself,I would like to echo MY thanks to all the experts on the Forum, ; am sure most of you lot NEVER sleep, and the "knowledge" and "patience" that is "out there" never ceases to amaze me as I read through some of the threads....as another thread says, the advice and guidance are given "free"...THANKS to ALL......this novice appreciates it..as I am sure others do too.....I do wonder if you have "warning pings" that tell you when a new topic is posted......
Hear hear to the sentiments expressed, I've lost count at the amount of times myself, my neighbours and friends and family have been helped out by the experts on this site.
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