I am now on the internet with a webtv box. I am getting a computer in a few days and am looking for a reasonable ISP in Pennsylvania. I am also totally computer illiterate and am looking for articles on how to use the computer. Webtv is very simple and I am overwhelmed by the complexity of a computer.Thanks for your help.
It is very easy to learn to use a computer. All you need is someone knowledgable to show you how.
Call the nearest high school. Ask to speak with a computer teacher. Let this teacher know that you are looking for a helpful, bright student you can hire to come over for a few hours a week for a month or so. They will send you a student who is likely to major in computer science, and hiring a student is much less expensive than finding a professional.
Some senior centers have computer classes for their members. Most towns of any size, I'm saying in the 100,000 population have different places that if you are low enough income you can get free computer lessons, I think, but am not sure that it is supposed to be for job prep. Also I have seen a book mentioned called Computers For Dummies.
The place that offers free introductory classes is the public library! Also, as someone already noted, the Senior Center. The latter is because the Baby Boomer's are a huge age group that wants to learn how to email their grandchildren in college or use Skype to talk with their grown kids far away. Frankly, I would also look around my neighborhood or teenage relatives and pay one of the kids to come over your home and literally show you stuff.
I work with computers everyday so I can tell you that the very most important things you can do is make sure you keep it up to date with all the latest windows updates and latest virus definitons. Scan and Defrag your hard drive about once a month. Sound scary? Don't worry click on these links and it will take you to detailed websites with instructions that even have pictures! Good luck and enjoy your new computer and remember the only way to learn is to play around and mess a few things up so you will have to learn to fix them. :0) http://www.mit.edu/afs/athena/dept/ehslan/help/windows_update/ " rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.mit.edu/afs/athena/dept/ehslan/help/windows_update/
http://cins.colstate.edu/helpcenter/maintenance.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://cins.colstate.edu/helpcenter/maintenance.htm
You can also always go to http://www.google.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.google.com and type in just about any question that you have and there will be tons and tons of websites that you can browse through until you find your answers. :0)
You can also go to http://www.worldstart.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.worldstart.com. They have a daily newsletter you can sign up for that is very informative. It has pictures to show you each step. You can also search or just browse under subject headings for what you want to learn.
I am also using a webtv unit and want to learn how to use a pc. I found free courses at http://www.ThirdAge.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.ThirdAge.com. They are helping me a lot. Also they have discussion boards, and there are a lot of webtv users there trying to learn the pc.
Hi i came from a webtv and it's about the same as far as cut copy and paste, it's just so much faster to use, the only thing is that on webtv you never had to worry about a virus but on here you have to be very careful of what you open, never open anything from anyone you don't know.. The awesome thing about a computer is you can open numerous windows where on webby you can't... I'm still learning myself, i have figured out how to have a sig page on my emails though lol.. Good luck and just keep in mind how webby works when you are searching it's the same thing pretty much, email me if you need some help at firstname.lastname@example.org, make sure you put your name and what you are writing about in the subject line.... I use Netscape.com for 9.95 a month..
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