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May 19, 2008 12:03:55 PM

How How computer savvy are you?

-- I write my own programs.
-- I built and configured my desktop.
-- I'm comfortable editing my Registry.
-- I upgrade my hardware and install software.
-- I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.
-- In my world, the words "computer" and "savvy" don't mix.
-- Computer? Is that what I'm using?

Here are a few questions to start the discussion off:

If you're pretty computer savvy, how did you get to your level of expertise (books, Web sites, school, etc.)?

What kind of sound advice would you give computer newbies who are just getting their feet wet in the computer world?

If you're a newbie, what is your greatest fear about the computer?

Have fun with this discussion everyone!computer savvy are you?

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May 19, 2008 12:26:53 PM

I wrote my own programs at university. C, Java, Pascal, Ada, HTML, PHP, CSS

I edit old programs to improve compatibility

I built and configured my desktop.

I'm comfortable editing my Registry. Makes Vista more bearable!

I upgrade my hardware and install software.

I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.

I have built and maintain our school's website and am about to start another one for a local company.

I still utilise the Dell next business day on-site repair at work though!
May 19, 2008 12:34:31 PM

I write my own Programs.

I was an "Elite PSP Developer"

I have made Custom Firmware for both the PSP & iPod Touch, although the iPod touch Cfw is still undergoing surgery.

Editing the Registry doesnt really bother me lol.

I know 8 Programming Languages Fluently.
HTML, CSS, PHP, XML, C, C++, C# & VB.NET
I am beginning to Learn Coldfusion & Java (God help me :p )

I do alot of Web Designing. =]

Just starting getting into knowing my "stuff" with Hardware though.
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May 19, 2008 12:44:41 PM

back in 1970s my mom was a beta tester for the mac before the public release of the mac and she also worked at the mac fest in the 1970-80s cant rememeber. Around 1989 ( I was 3yrs old) she put me on a 386 and ever since then I been addictive to computers. Everything I learn about computers was thou personal experance and when I was 12yr old (around 1998) I had a computer tech as a roommate he thought me all about hardware then last year I took the A+ certification.


I cant program yet :/  ( i can program .bat files but dont think that counts lol)

I tweak pograms to improve compatibility

I built and configured my desktop.

I'm comfortable editing my Registry.

I upgrade my hardware and install software.

I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.
May 19, 2008 12:50:43 PM

Ewww Mac :p 

Have you tried Programming before? Best bet to get into Programming, and possibly the easiest way is to go download Visual Basic 2008, and play around with it. You can make almost anything with that program (and with the know-how) You can make programs which safely edit the Registry too which i have done many times. One example, is my Recycle Bin Renamer I made for WinXP.
May 19, 2008 12:59:13 PM

Yea been thinking of taking c++ class. Is that a easy/good program lang to know? i'm a noob when comes to programming.
May 19, 2008 1:01:17 PM

It is really easy, Most Devs start with using Visual Basic. I did =]
And theres possibly everyguide you would want to know about VB on the net (youtube is very useful for vb too!)
May 19, 2008 1:01:55 PM

sweet thanks :p 
May 19, 2008 1:15:08 PM

-- I write my own programs

ive written programs in Java and C. and know i develop websites in PHP, SQL, HTML and javascript. http://www.portfolio.j-henderson.co.uk

to snow, HTML and XML and PHP arnt programming languages there scripting languages. ;) 

-- I built and configured my desktop.

I work with laptops on a daily basis taking them apart and rebuilding them.

-- I'm comfortable editing my Registry.

yes i am.

-- I upgrade my hardware and install software.

wouldnt have it any other way.

-- I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.

yep, i have a RAID 5 setup and a linux server with another RAID 5.

May 19, 2008 1:15:22 PM

Why the double post? :S
May 19, 2008 1:17:46 PM

EDIT

double post...

well i might aswell put something usefull here..


i learnt how to fix software problems, by trial and error really, i would "accidently" break the computer then have to look up solutions to fix it, this taught me lots about software and how to recognise certain problems.

for programming it was something ive always been interested in, i started with visual basic at A level, and built a bandit machine outta VB, i then expanded on this at university with Java and C.

now my main interest has been website development and in this area i have gained alot of knowledge by working my way through books and online tutorials, all of which have contributed to my knowledge today.



May 19, 2008 1:22:31 PM

Your computer survey is a little short sighted in that it's primarily focused on software, but "yes" to everything except the first question.

On the hardware side, I was building computers when "build" meant taking soldering iron in hand.
May 19, 2008 1:28:48 PM

jsc said:
On the hardware side, I was building computers when "build" meant taking soldering iron in hand.


CRIPES!
May 19, 2008 1:38:44 PM

<--helps with x264 ASM.

besides that, I OCd my TI-82 way back in the day... OH, and the occasional command prompt batch script every now and then.
May 19, 2008 1:58:09 PM

elitesystem said:
How How computer savvy are you?

-- I write my own programs.
-- I built and configured my desktop.
-- I'm comfortable editing my Registry.
-- I upgrade my hardware and install software.
-- I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.
-- In my world, the words "computer" and "savvy" don't mix.
-- Computer? Is that what I'm using?



-- Yes, ussually VB. Fast, enjoyable and i already have a bunch of code for small apps. PHP, SQL and a bit of java are in there aswell. and other older languages (C, Turbo Pascal, Clipper, a bit of assembly).

-- I always builted my own computers. My first machine specs below. that was top end. Really Top End.
From my :386 SX 25Mhz,
2 Megas RAM,
89 MB HDD,
Cirrus Logic VGA (512kb),
Floppy 1.44"
AT PSU,
Supercom 640x480 Vga Monitor

-- Very confortable.
-- See reply nr 2.
-- See reply nr 2.
-- They mix, informatics in general are so broad, you can NEVER know it all. Or be a savvy about it.

1 - I got my knowledge mostly alone. Some from classes, some from reading , some from talking, but mostly, trial and error.

2 - Dont worry if you burn anything.Sometimes things burn on their own. You cant run if you dont know how to walk. Baby steps :) 

4 - I like to think so, but i needed more $$$ so i can be more savvy :)  *Ask santa for CrossFireX ATIs fer Xmas, or better, talk to the wife.*
May 19, 2008 2:03:32 PM

It would be unlikely to find someone with the "Computer? Is that what I'm using?" response in a computer enthusiast forum. :-)
May 19, 2008 2:10:22 PM

did you by any chance get these questions from the cnet email newsletter? :p 

I fall into the "i built and configured my desktop"
May 19, 2008 2:22:26 PM

I have been building and selling highend computers for 12+ yrs. Yes to all of your questions except writing programs.
May 19, 2008 3:37:56 PM

mi1ez said:
CRIPES!


Yep. Been doing this for a few years decades. The first computer that I had a hand in building (my friend's soldering skills were abysmal) was a Mark-8 (Intel 8008, predated the Altair by about 6 months).

And I can say, without a doubt, that I do not miss the "good old days".
May 19, 2008 5:32:36 PM

I do everything bar write code. I learned it all through experience. I am 18. I started when I was 13ish. I find coding boring. loooooooool. I'll have to learn to use C++ in Uni for my Maths masters.
May 19, 2008 5:49:10 PM

liljone said:
Yea been thinking of taking c++ class. Is that a easy/good program lang to know? i'm a noob when comes to programming.
I wouldn't call C++ "easy"; it's not tough, but I think Java is better to force the Object Oriented Programming mindset C++ doesn't enforce. Moreover, most of the Java syntax was taken from C/C++ so nothing is lost. Then I suggest playing with plain C for a while to get familiar with pointers and the like. Then I think you could jump to C++.
May 19, 2008 5:53:32 PM

I think you have overlooked he is a Newbie...
May 19, 2008 6:00:17 PM

jsc said:
Your computer survey is a little short sighted in that it's primarily focused on software


Also the irony of it being on a "hardware" site. :pt1cable: 

I had a C64 way back in the 80's. I tried to program on that thing...a friend of mine had one too....he had some kind of cartidge with a turtle on it.....I just remember lines of lines of code saving it to the cassette drive, and trying to load it about a million times. That pretty much ruined me from writing my own programs...other than basic :D 

I had an HP P166 in 1997 and a friend of mine at work conviced me we could put in the chips to double the memory of the intergrated graphics card. The next thing you know we were upgrading everything.....then we started building our own systems....

So I build my own and I'm comfortable in my own registry.
May 19, 2008 6:15:45 PM

what? computer? i thought i was using my windows OS through my pda :( 
May 19, 2008 6:20:48 PM

I upgrade my hardware and install software.


I also build computer's for my family and have got pretty fond of OC'ing.I used to drag race rx-7's decided computer's would keep me off the wall at a 100+mph..Didnt realize how addicting these thing's can be!

May 19, 2008 6:59:08 PM

I'm pretty savvy i guess, I built my own rig which is more than most people. And while I'm relatively new to OCing I easily see how people can obsess over it.

When it comes to software I'm not so good. Ive tweaked minor registry things but never written a program, though I am taking a programing class next year so hopefully I'll like it.
May 19, 2008 7:17:31 PM

stan116:

"eVGA 790i
QX9650 OCed to 4GHz 12TEC Boreas Chiller
2-9800GX2s in Quad SLI
8Gbs OCZ Platnum 1600MHz"

Impressive. If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.
May 19, 2008 7:28:30 PM

At one time I did my own programming but that was in the days of punchcards. Oh yea - we just invented fire around then too!
May 19, 2008 7:58:37 PM

piratepast40 said:
At one time I did my own programming but that was in the days of punchcards. Oh yea - we just invented fire around then too!


LOL

I took a "Basic" class back in High School. Never went any further than that. LOL After learning it I tried to code my own Calculator program on my Commodore 64/128. Although I found that writing all that code without being able to save your progress made things very, very difficult. One wrong key punch and everything you had on screen disappeared for good...

-- I built and configured my desktop.

I've only purchased 1 boxed PC for myself. That was an old IBM Aptiva, which I ultimately upgraded and put in the old-school AMD Thunderbird processor. lol think that was like 1400MHz? (EDIT: Okay, so Google says it was 1GHz) Have always built my own systems ever since. In fact, I think I still have my old 3.5" floppy drive sitting around from that old Aptiva.
May 19, 2008 8:44:03 PM

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I can do some programming; Java, perl, some SQL. Mostly web programming and sys admin stuff.

I am A+ certified and build all my own systems, have built hundreds of PCs and a few dozen multi CPU/RAID servers.

I am proficient in all of the big three OS's, Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac. I run a little of each.

I worked for years as a general IT support contractor so I have done a little of everything, PCs, network engineering, system administration, and custom app solutions. I also have an IT minor from College.
May 19, 2008 9:04:08 PM

I used to write programs. I started with BASIC on a PDP-11 in a summer course. To this day I'm still pleased about the 640-step TI-59 program I wrote to do Confidence Intervals and other Sadistics calculations, without using a single GTO.
I programmed in Applesoft BASIC, then I got a PC and started programming with Turbo Pascal. I've also done original programming in SPSSX, dBase, RBase, Paradox and a little Access; and modified programs in FoxPro, COBOL, Fortran, and VBA.
My most memorable hacking here was the RBase program that wrote part of its own code on the fly, and executed it.
I've been upgrading hardware and installing software since the Apple ][+, and building servers and workstations since the 286 days.
I'm a [lapsed] Novell CNE, from doing it, and a little self-study.

All of this I did in what I consider the vast realm of "User Support." Other than some programming I did for myself, it was generally helping other people get their work done. My interest in programming has mostly waned, although I am still interested in both software and hardware user support. I build my own systems, and some for family and friends.
Since my focus remains on systems that are intended to accomplish tasks (whether business apps, gaming, something else, or all of the above) in a safe, cost-effective manner, I have only limited interest in mad overclocking or $2K+ gaming appliances; but absolutely agree that to each his own. If someone asks for help building a $400-$600 system, I'll weigh in. If someone asks about a $4K build, I don't bother unless it's a business-class machine, and even then may not have much to add.
May 19, 2008 9:55:12 PM

-- I write my own programs.
-- I built and configured my desktop.
-- I'm comfortable editing my Registry.
-- I upgrade my hardware and install software.
-- I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.
-- In my world, the words "computer" and "savvy" don't mix.
-- Computer? Is that what I'm using?

Was that a poem. It sure seems like one :p  if it was Bravo bravo mate
May 19, 2008 9:59:57 PM

I really wished i could program. Set me apart from my friends :)  but i dont have the time. Time was running really fast when i turned 16.
May 19, 2008 11:49:35 PM

I program for a living.

I used to build custom computers (still taking new customers) and charge 10% of the build cost (Hey they still got a better deal than buying a prebuilt PC!)
May 20, 2008 2:09:20 AM

Zenthar said:
I wouldn't call C++ "easy"; it's not tough, but I think Java is better to force the Object Oriented Programming mindset C++ doesn't enforce. Moreover, most of the Java syntax was taken from C/C++ so nothing is lost. Then I suggest playing with plain C for a while to get familiar with pointers and the like. Then I think you could jump to C++.

thx :) 
May 20, 2008 2:46:06 AM

elitesystem said:
How How computer savvy are you?

-- I write my own programs.
-- I built and configured my desktop.
-- I'm comfortable editing my Registry.
-- I upgrade my hardware and install software.
-- I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.
-- In my world, the words "computer" and "savvy" don't mix.
-- Computer? Is that what I'm using?

Here are a few questions to start the discussion off:

If you're pretty computer savvy, how did you get to your level of expertise (books, Web sites, school, etc.)?

What kind of sound advice would you give computer newbies who are just getting their feet wet in the computer world?

If you're a newbie, what is your greatest fear about the computer?

Have fun with this discussion everyone!computer savvy are you?


I have written a couple programs in Visual Basic in a class i took in high school. Was almost as boring as Drafting. I have also created a couple personal website eitehr using HTML or a program like Dreamweaver. I have dabbled a teensie bit in XML, i had a WoW addon that was acting up, so i fixed it.

I have built and configured my Desktop Computer.

Sure i'd be comfortable editing my registry.

I upgrade hardware, and install software.

I upgrade programs and maintain my hard drive.

I got my computer knowledge through experience, trial and error if i cannot find the answer online. It all started when i asked my dad how to install this game i wanted to play...a long long time ago. lol Needless to say i started a very geeky journey from then on :sol: 

Advice to newbies is to take it one step at a time, ask as many questions as necessary. That's what these forums are for :) 
!