Posted 25 May 2006 - 11:40 AM
I am fascinated by the capabilities of the computer and the resources of the Internet, and perpetually baffled by the conventions, techniques, methods, modalities, vocabulary, etc. required to use them. For example, as a new member of this community, I was encouraged to introduce myself. It took me 10 minutes to find this space to write my introduction. I'd like to make the font of this post look bigger and bolder as I write. Can't figure out how to do it.
I am tempted to say that instructions and directions given on the Internet, even when intended for beginnners, are typically opaque, incomplete, and rife with assumptions about the prior knowledge of the reader. (I myself wrote printed instruction manuals and tutorials, among other things, for many years. The first requirement, and probably the hardest part, was to start at the very beginning!)
I also regularly find myself stymied by what appear to be the incursions of hackers and virus creators, and worried about identity theft by out-and-out criminals.
However, probably a more honest and more realistic explanation for my difficuties is that I come to this activity late in life. My login name, papabee, is what my five grandchildren call me. I'm not 99, but some days I feel that way, particularly when I'm having computer problems. So things that come naturally to younger folks who have grown up with computers are a struggle for me. Fixes that take them minutes take me hours. Nevertheless, I shall struggle on.
I'm hoping BleepingComputer will help me make things go right more easily and more consistently. Because when things go right, its the most fun I've had in years.