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Old 09-19-2013, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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 ) posting.

Any learning sources recommended would be appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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 ) posting.

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.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome.

For me, a lot of my initial learning came from two things - gaming and building. I played PC games back in the day when everything still used IDE cables and AGP slots and I had to learn stuff just to be able to play games. I had to learn to swap out parts, install DOS, use expanded memory emulation, etc. The next part was taking a hardware class in school in which we took apart and built computers. After that I started building my own machines.

I was able to get my hands on a bunch of old machines that no one was using and I just messed around with those, taking them apart and building.

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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.
Ain't that the truth. Businesses are always trying to save money and a lot of decision makers don't really understand IT or don't care about it, so they don't prioritize it. The vast majority of clients I see are still using 10 year old hardware and software, and they only upgrade when something fails. These aren't mom and pop stores, either; these are ISPs and telecoms.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info guys. I have an old computer I can try to mess with and take apart. I'm excited!
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