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Topic # 12945 15-Apr-2007 06:53
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I am looking forward to learning how to make the best use of geekzone. I have had my computer since last August. I was beginning to wonder if I could figure out how to get out of a sort of perpetual beginner mode. Apparently a stumbling block to progressing has been to first figure out the right question to ask and then to find a place to ask it.

I am interested in computers, photography, blogging, health and fitness, music, books and in general, learning how to do useful and worthwhile things.

Perhaps serendipity is my friend, because I do find things I did not know I was looking for. My challenge is in communicating that I am not technically proficient or experienced. It is especially perplexing to me that I have not discovered just what it is I am supposed to do in order to become more technically advanced without pursuing a particular course of study.

I have tried to be patient and take things step by step. I do know that I have gotten the best results so far in those instances when I have been able to find an example that allows me to follow the steps in a process one by one. An example would be setting up an email client such as Mozilla Thunderbird by following the steps in a tutorial that has good screen shots. My frustration sometimes crops up when I try to follow instructions that suddenly take it for granted that I know certain things that are foreign to me. It amuses me that this screen has "SMS" on it, because that is something I saw for the first time this week and I have not taken the time to find out what it means yet.

I am an employee of a large company. My background is primarily in accounting.
Now that I have offered this as my introduction, I am less reluctant to admit that I am not sure just how I am going to pursue my efforts to learn from geekzone.

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Reply # 67138 15-Apr-2007 09:28
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Welcome to Geekzone... The best way to participate is to ask... And reply to others when you know the answer. Other than this, check our blogs and news (links at the top).

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Reply # 70556 13-May-2007 07:59
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Hi James, and welcome to Geekzone. A trick I've learned by (sometimes) bitter experience is to note on a piece of paper the steps I've followed in (say), setting up an email client. Then if it doesn't work, or worse, turns to custard, I know where I've been, and can back-track! Best of luck with the learning curve, and as Mauricio said, don't hesitate to ask for help.


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