Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:22 PM
Longtime computer user here, but still basically an idiot where complex issues come in. I'm here to get advice and possible solutions to annoying problems with my system and maybe to give some helpful advice concerning things I have managed to overcome. I'm probably older than most of you -- I still miss the nearly indestructible old rotary, hard black plastic Bell telephones and only reluctantly bought and use a basic cell phone with no bells and whistles.
The first 'computer' I saw was a new fangled adding machine that plugged into a wall, weighed about 6 pounds, printed out on paper and made a glorious noise when it was calculating. Now, I can wear a tiny one on my wrist that does a lot more, for a whole $5.00.
I now own a built to specifications PC, with windows XP, which kind of went out of date about a year after I had it made. Still, it works and I'm kind of happy with it. My first real computer was a Commodore 64, with no HDs, twin floppies the size of books, big floppy disks and you had to make sure the program disks you bough were IBM compatable. No Internet was available back then.
As things have progressed, I've found myself getting a bit more confused over the overwhelming mass of repair programs in the Internet, some of which seem to do little but clog up my system and others that seem to do nothing at all. Plus, when I started on the Internet, we didn't worry about viruses, SPAM or adware. It didn't exist. Websites were not clogged with ads and after you signed off, you didn't have porn ads pop up on your desktop.
Now it's time to get a bit of educated help and maybe lend a bit of my experiences.