Posted 08 May 2006 - 09:32 AM
Hi all at Bleeping Computer – arriving here after a “trial by fire” ordeal!
I have been dragged into the 21’st century kicking and screaming! I was a math major who even hated calculators back in the day. To me, the computer was a glorified typewriter, a very expensive electronic game for the kids and one more thing I had to worry about in raising them.
In ’01 we got the monster, it came with “protection”. Ignorance is bliss! By ’03 it was freezing and crashing so much that we just gave up using it. The kids finally convinced me that they really did need a computer for school. Priced out service people; forget that, for a little bit more we could start over. With another huge box in the attic we had some guy (the cheapest I could find) connect the “brains” of the old to the new and off we went in our ignorant state.
By this time, my oldest son knew a thing or two, unfortunately not ‘geek’ level but compared to the rest of us he was pure genius! He took charge of the beast (by this time I had no clue of what my clever little password had been) and my monitoring was reduced to sneaking up on them to see what they were viewing and coming up with “Hi honey, dinner will be ready in 10 minutes” or some other mundane excuse. The complimentary protection expired and other means were employed on a hit or miss basis by the ‘not geek kid’.
Last fall a friend printed something from a web site on a subject that I was studying. I timidly explored it further. I daringly went further still with a bit of genealogy. Before I knew it, I was looking up whatever popped into my head!
About 10 days ago I had a few minutes before I had to get off the computer, was pondering what else to look up when ANOTHER pop up happened. A-HA! I type in ‘how to get rid of pop ups’. One thing led to another and I landed at a forum style help place similar to this one. Overwhelmed does not begin to describe my experience!!!
I had absolutely no idea of what download and install meant, let alone everything else they were telling me! But as I struggled on, one thing came through loud and clear; the beast turned friend was dying! I didn’t know! After much blood, sweat and tears (okay, just tears and lots of them!) I somehow was guided through saving the patient.
Someone there finally heard one of my many cries for understanding that I AM A BEGINNER and sent me here. I think they are happy to be rid of me for a while!
Even though the kids lovingly call me ‘nerd’ now, I have A LOT to learn to earn the title!
I am sure that everyone here will be of immense help on my mission get up to speed in this century!
Thanks in advance for all that I will learn!