I'm new to support forums, so feel free to input if I make any mistakes. I have had a long history working with computers, back before there was anything considered a PC. I find the though I've had experience on mainframe and mini computers, the PC is one of the most perplexing of any I've dealt with due to its inconsistencies. Unlike mainframe and minis, where the manufacturer of the hardware wrote the software, the PC works on "canned" software, where the hardware is "compatible" at best.
Thus we find ourselves here, where we come to discuss and hopefully resolve problems with the technology in our lives. I had exposure to Personal Computers shortly after their introduction in 1981, but didn't own my own until 1991. I have no problem with the hardware, but like many the software and the issues with it can cause much frustration at times.
I know my way around the inside pretty well. I still have issues with the virtual and and the insidious attacks that are an everyday occurrence to many of us, and our obvious short comings with dealings with them on our own. I am currently dealing with browser redirection issues on my home PC. I am also amazed at how smart and intelligent these folks are who have taken to the "dark side" of society. If they used their skills for the good of society, I wonder how much more of the world's problems would be solved. Instead their efforts cause many man-hours to be lost or wasted, and data to be corrupted and destroyed.
But with most things I've discovered in life, there is a silver lining, be it thin at times. If not for them, we would not be meeting here. The good folks running this website would have to find other work. The software companies would be fewer and jobs be lost, because someone has to undo their mischief. There are more, if you think about it a little.
So though I have a lot of experience, I know that there are many out there much more knowledgeable about all this technology we are wrapped in. So I hope to be as much of a contributor to the forum, as I'm sure many of you have been. Happy New Year! May the power that be not piddle on your PC!