into what originally were the ZDNET Computer Forums ten years ago as my fourth or fifth surfing click on the internet, learned how to save Alfred Poor's Computer Cures to my favorites, and never left. I didn't even know there were other forums available at ZDNET until about a month or so later, and as a 'newbie' to computers, nearly all the posts made in that particular forum were from me.
I had some 'old timers' to computers and how they worked chuckling over my questions (if not outright belly laughs), but every single one of those mentors of mine kept on plugging away at me with answers until those light bulbs started going on and I finally 'got it'. They had (and still have since most are still around here pitching in) the patience of JOB with this newbie, and I've stuck around to also try to return that help and knowledge to the folks who have wandered in here as well.
What goes around, comes around, and as long as the technology just keeps going, we are all going to continue to be 'newbies'. When I still need help, I don't go anywhere else to get the answers.
Great place.....even greater members.
I have been an Electronics Technician all my adult life and used computers in my work quite a lot. However it has been using dedicated Software designed to perform a specific function in troubleshooting or testing and repair of a piece of electronics Hardware, which I am very good at. I never had a Home computer untill recently when my sister gave me her old IBM after getting herself a new one.
Because of everything I have learned from CNET and it's members just by reading your opinions, ideas and Questions,it has opened a new window on everything. I've been able to turn a, mediocre at best, PC into a viable machine for online applications as well as a good tool for ''working'' applications offline.
My hat is off to CNET and especially ''you'' the members for providing a a Forum for learning and improving the experience of home computing. In the future I hope I will be able to contribute to the forum what I have learned and possibly help someone else. Keep it up your the best People around and remember, ''No Matter Where You Go There You Are''.