Originally Posted by LilSheWolfCub
Hi. Nice site.
My name is Blue. I am tech/computer newbie enrolled in a program that will lead to collage where I will be studying information technology. My goal is to become an IT Specialist. I'm used to using a computer and trying fix problems on my own, but I can't say I know much about computers and technical stuff. I have a lot of time on my hands and am eager to use it for learning. I'll be popping in and out of here reading forums and (if I'm not too shy to join a conversation
Any learning sources recommended would be appreciated.
Two of the best sources are right in front of you... Tech-Forums and your own two hands. Seriously.
While taking college courses for an Associates in IT, I learned absolutely nothing about computers and very little about IT. I learned project management, the basics of Java and how to structure code, and a smidge on the history and theory of how computers work. but as far as hands on, nada.
Here on TF you can ask whatever you want, read what others have done, and research to your heart's content. While many focus just on new tech you will find that out in the IT world few places stay on the cutting edge. most are rather well behind that line and move slowly forward, but never gain on it.
Experience is a great teacher as well. Tearing a computer down and reassembling it will get you familiar with the inner works. Building your own will give you experience as well as pride in the work of your own hands. Playing around with a home network will get you familiar with the concepts of networking. And so on.