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Land of the Lost

by fido88 / January 23, 2006 11:34 PM PST

I am a newbie and have zero knowledge on computers, so i was wondering where i could go to read/net/to learn about the internet and computing in general. the only smart thin i've done is find this site..thanks.....

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Dead Tree
by joe_smith / January 23, 2006 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Land of the Lost

Don't have any direct experience with them myself, but I understand O'Reilly Publishing's "Missing Manual" series to be pretty good at the whole gentle introduction thing.

Otherwise, it's largely hit and miss. There are sites like Cnet here, which caters to the technically illiterate middle management type, there's sites like Slashdot which cater more towards the technically literate and somewhat socially inept, and then there are plenty of sites that cater to the technically illiterate that are written by the technically illiterate, and as such full of errors and misconceptions. Since it's difficult for someone in your situation to be able to judge such sites, I'd recommend the dead tree (book) method for the time being.

Most books go through at least some level of editorial review by people familiar with the subject, so that means it's a safer bet trusting a book from a major publisher over a website that could have been thrown up by someone who knows less about computers than you.

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by byker49 / January 24, 2006 1:13 AM PST
In reply to: Land of the Lost

If you are really "new" to computers I would get to the library and or purchase one of the Computer for Dummies books. I am assuming you are using Windows so you may want to start with something like "Windows for Dummies".
These books are good to get your feet wet. I would avoid getting a real thick tech manual at this point. Just my 2 cents.

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thanks for the advice
by fido88 / January 24, 2006 1:25 AM PST
In reply to: Newbies

appreciate/have windows xp for dummies from the library now......thanks to both of you for your kind help.......

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After Passing Dummy...
by danthelanman / January 24, 2006 1:41 AM PST
In reply to: thanks for the advice

Another resource you might want to check out is the HP On-Line learning center.

Loads of different classes (including XP) with associated forums and best of all it's free with registration. (Note: the offerings change periodically, check "classes not in session" to see all available classes)

Good Luck.

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Also check out CNET's online courses
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 24, 2006 4:33 AM PST
In reply to: After Passing Dummy...

for beginners;

Although there are no courses available at the moment for beginners, CNET often have them and they are free, easy to follow and can be very useful.

Good luck.


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