How to Learn Computers

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Tom is twelve years old, and has more insight to computers than many people three times his age. This kid blows me away, and he has an amazing future ahead of him. He sent me in his top five tips to learn more about computers.

  • If you don’t know the answer, don’t fight. Try fixing it yourself. If you cannot connect to the network… check the cables! It’s ok to ask your friend, or your teacher/parent.
  • Don’t click randomly when something won’t work. Keep in mind that Google is your friend. If you can’t find any answers on Google, check out the Microsoft Knowledge Base, Apple Support, or even the free forums on Lockergnome.
  • Don’t freak out. Freaking out will get you nowhere in a hurry.
  • Ask a local geek. Pop into a small computer shop and see if they’re willing to answer a few questions, or even check with the experts at the Apple store down the block. No question is stupid, other than the one you didn’t ask. We all have questions every now and then (even Chris!).
  • When your issue is fixed, find out what caused the problem and what the solution was. Then, don’t just educate yourself… share that information, via a blog or whatever communication you use. This will help others learn, as well.

Excellent tips, Tom. Thank you for sharing them!

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35 thoughts on “How to Learn Computers”

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  3. 2nd half of my comment:

    Others are not like that. We all have many different talents and skills. What I have found, as many will probabaly agree with, is that one of the most important skills a “geek/nerd” can have is the ability to communicate with the common user that knows enough to find the ON button, use the internet and use Microsoft Word.

  4. the best way to learn about computer problems is through experience. I’ve had my fair share of computer problems over the last 12 or so years, and as a result alot of the problems that my friends ask me for help with, i’ve already seen and most likely have an answer for it.

  5. I agree; I’m like that with cars. I don’t want to muck about with it, I just want it to work and let someone else fix it… but I don’t have multiple cars that go wrong every other day; if I did I’d probably spend a bit of time learning a thing or two.

  6. this guys funny treats the obvious like it something he has never seen before any 12 year old could tell you the exact same thing. this video made me laugh

  7. That’s nothing new. That’s like, obvious as crap. Anyone with a brain knows that if they need to find information, then go look for it online, in a book or ask someone. But, then I guess there ARE a lot of lazy people out there.

  8. These are some great tips, I too have learned a lot from mistakes and also watching others fix problems. I work with computers on a daily basis and I run into problems all the time. When I was younger my dad would show me the problem and tell me how to fix it. Now I fix my own problems and I have learned much from figuring out what went wrong where. Great tips!

  9. The new generation does seem to know a lot more at a young age. But a recent article on slashdot goes over a study done with 3000 students, to which they can spit out information, but can’t really understand concepts.

  10. im 14 and ive been designing websites and other things ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been on your site, and ive helped adults w/ problems. if you see me on their, im forestw785 on their too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What i will add to those tips will be, for an example lets say you bought a new Videocard/GPU but your having trouble with it if the GPU is from NVIDIA you should try going to the nvidia site and look on the support section for help.
    As well check the hardware and your computer specs the problem might be as well cause by the Motherboard or any other hardware.

  12. All I have to say is that if you need help or are interisted in something, ask someone who knows. People are flattered when someone asks them for help. I have a friend who is 10 years old and he isn’t afraid to ask questions that I can answer. Follow his example, ask for help. It may end up changing your life for the better.

  13. I’m 14 and I program PHP and code XHTML/CSS on websites designed in Photoshop, which I’ve been doing for over a year now. I also run my own Linux web server/World of Warcraft private server.

  14. yeah, technology is really changing children are getting exposed to things .. that they weren’t before..
    hopefully they know how to harness this entelligence fro something good!

  15. hay cris
    first ur the bigest geek i know but in a good way

    but im 12 and i know all that stuff and more not saying that tom doesnt know more but i seem to be out smarting the computer technision at skool lol

  16. Hi, Chris, This is my biggest lack…tech ability…I made a note of your website. Now I know where to go for help. Thanks for the tips. It’s nice to know where to find a Good Geek ๐Ÿ™‚

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