LOL....yes everyone starts off as a noobie. Most of the things I learned along the way was by trial and error, some schooling, and just plain old great advice from others. In my opinion noone is a guru until you can say you mastered all aspects. I have never stopped learning from others before me.
No offense taken. He knows his comps, that's for sure. But then, he doesn't just "know" it. He reads a lot. We all do. That's where we get our info. If you just read around, you know mag's, online articles, etc. then you learn your stuff.
I have a homepage with google that streams the larest xml broadcasts from all sorts of tech news sites, everytime you refresh the page theres new content. that's how I stay up on all the latest tech ''know how''
lol I think I'm too much of a laid back, joke around, answer qs in im instead of hard/soft kind of guy to get people to think I know anything lol XP
hard/soft just goes by too fast to get answer/give answer. 15 minutes after you post your post is on its way to page 3 lol
anywho, my recommendations are /. and wikipedia wiki has great encyclopedia like knowledge on every tech sub and /. has great articles on all the latest news