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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Me too. My father used to work as a computer programer so I've always grown up around computers and have learned to use them at an early age. I can rarely remember though how to use DOS, it's been so long since I've used it. I really only used computers when I was younger to play games anyway, that's really all they were good for. I was addicted to Barbie on Commodore 64(I still play it now sometimes)

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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    I had my first computer in the late 70s and when I got to high school, they had a brand new computer lab, filled with Apple ][s and a teacher (well, he was actually a math teacher, but close enough, right?) that didn't know what the hell he was doing so I was the most knowledgeable person in the class and I pretty much set up the curriculum until he got up to speed. Ah, the days of the command line, before anyone ever thought up a GUI.
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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I had my first computer in the late 70s and when I got to high school, they had a brand new computer lab, filled with Apple ][s and a teacher (well, he was actually a math teacher, but close enough, right?) that didn't know what the hell he was doing so I was the most knowledgeable person in the class and I pretty much set up the curriculum until he got up to speed. Ah, the days of the command line, before anyone ever thought up a GUI.
    I use command line today. In Linux, its way more powerful in combination with GUI, than GUI alone like in Windows(which have a weak command system also)
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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    The only advanced stuff I needed I taught myself.

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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    There were computer labs at every level of education for me, and I'm currently in college for Computer Engineering/Computer Science. Only occasionally were we really 'instructed in computer usage,' but the availability and exposure were always there.

    I wish that more public schools integrated computers the way that my college does. Even the most technologically backward class posts grades and assignments online, going all the way up to classes that post videos of the lectures synced to a slideshow of the lecture slides. The paper reduction alone makes it worth it, and having a highly connected campus just makes things more streamlined

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    Ah, the days of the command line, before anyone ever thought up a GUI.
    I'm with Zeebra on this one and that is one (of many) reasons that I use OS X today. CLI is a much more powerful, precise way of interacting with a computer, it just isn't as intuitive. I guess DOS would be an exception to that it that's what you're talking about, though. DOS is a CLI in the same way that a Vespa is a motorcycle.

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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Had my first computer class as a freshman in high school in the late '70s. First time I ever hacked into a system, too. My teacher gave me an A because he couldn't understand what I did, but he knew it worked.

    Took one computer class in college. Hacked into my college system, too.

    From there, I didn't touch a computer for about 10 years...until the late '90s. When I had stopped, I was using DOS 6. When I returned, Windows 98 was being used. It was like going to sleep in the 17th Century and waking up in the 21st. I've caught up a lot in 10 years, and though I am not as good at software as I'd like, I build computers as a hobby.

    I would say I am pretty exclusively self-taught. I tinker a lot.
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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    I've had some level of computer class from elementary school all he way through high-school, but for the most part it meant siting and learning stuff we already new. "The Font changes the style of type. The B makes it bold....."

    Looking back, I really wished I had been taught good penmanship instead.
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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Never had any instruction.
    Never used a computer before a few years ago.
    I just figured it out myself.
    We had a computer for a long time before I ever went near it (now we have three).
    I never wanted to use it. I had a deep aversion to it, actually.
    I was initially tempted into using it as a word processor only, for my writing.
    Not going online at all, just using Wordpad, using the printer to print up what I wrote, or saving it on disk.
    Then I gradually became seduced by the strange world of the interwebz.
    It seemed ideally suited to where I was at in my life at the time.

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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    I'm with Zeebra on this one and that is one (of many) reasons that I use OS X today. CLI is a much more powerful, precise way of interacting with a computer, it just isn't as intuitive. I guess DOS would be an exception to that it that's what you're talking about, though. DOS is a CLI in the same way that a Vespa is a motorcycle.


    DOS is so the nastiest shell ever..
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    Re: Been instructed in computer useage? (Check All That Apply)

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I build computers as a hobby.
    Thats some major fun.. I remember the days I had several casings laying around and a dusin of each component for the computer. Couldnt bring all that stuff around in different countries though, so I had to quit that particular hobby
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