Regarding "Libraries abound with tutorial manuals and DIY guides..." in post #2.
Helpful as manuals and DIY guides can be those for computers and computing related matters don't saty the same for long, they date very quickly so those you find in libraries are often to old to be of use. It would seem that the best place for looking for tutorials/guides/manuals for computers and the internet is on the internet itself. Unfortunately that does make it a tricky initial barrier for new users to cross.
Ofcourse one of the key problems thesedays is that computers are becoming more and more tablet like, so while someone can learn the basics quicker than in the pat they will now find themselves knowing the basics but stuck and unable to move onto the more advanced things required to actually get anything done, oversimplified "big buttons, no functions" interfaces, app (rather than program) based software and systems which do everything behind the users back without ever involving them in what is going on( "like magic") are a threat which could stop users ever getting beyond being a beginner.
Edited by rp88, 15 August 2015 - 10:12 AM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB