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post #16 of 50 Old 12-24-2011, 09:42 AM
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Re: Ideas for a computer class

I can do computer basics (aka "what the heck do all these words and abbreviations on this ad actually MEAN, so I don't feel like a sucker standing in front of the 15 year old salesguy?")

"Getting to KNOW your Macintosh (nudge nudge, wink wink!)"

"The Terminal Window: Not just for geeks any more.... kinda...."

"Everything You NEED to know about HTML, in an hour or less! (NOT everything you WANT to know....)"

I got a number of others I've done in the past, give me some time and I'll think of them...
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Great thread going here, guys! Nice to hear all the offers from "them that know" their stuff. It sure will help out the new to computer folks. Thanks to Drake and all!!!

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That's great LTG! I knew there are a bunch of us on here who could contribute.

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Some real good ideas happening here, with some great, experienced members contributing. Going to be a nice project when completed. Thanks for all the efforts, guys.

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And thanks for remembering us Linux users. When it was first brought up I figured we would be ignored. A pleasant surprise indeed. I've been running Ubuntu for over three years with no firewall, virus protection, or anything else without any problems yet, but I'm an old dog ready to learn.
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And thanks for remembering us Linux users. When it was first brought up I figured we would be ignored. A pleasant surprise indeed. I've been running Ubuntu for over three years with no firewall, virus protection, or anything else without any problems yet, but I'm an old dog ready to learn.
LOL. There weren't any real flavors of LINUX the first time I used it. Installed it on an 80286 with a meg of RAM.

The shortcomings have always been lack of applications, drivers, and a somewhat intimidating install. Things have gotten a lot better though.

Like the MACaronians, LINUX guys are simply not targeted (much) yet.

I'm drawing the line at OpenSolaris though. I don't think Oracle has continued to support it.

Sure am happy OpenOffice is still around though.

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A basic how to set up a wireless network for me. My Son does ours, and I am the only one pluged in with a cat-5 still. Live far enough away from the neighbors that they can't connect. I have taken a lap top over and comfirmed "0" bars.

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Copy and Paste for the over 50 crowd. Most of my friends are in this group and many type well and many to not. Getting them to understand and use the basics of copy and paste would help them and many others to get along better with email, pic and passwords. And folks who know how to type just do not see the advantages of copy/paste.

Wireless web security is definely number 2 on my list.

As a retired instructor I am amazed at the folks who do not use copy and paste.
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Copy and Paste for the over 50 crowd. Most of my friends are in this group and many type well and many to not. Getting them to understand and use the basics of copy and paste would help them and many others to get along better with email, pic and passwords. And folks who know how to type just do not see the advantages of copy/paste.

Wireless web security is definely number 2 on my list.

As a retired instructor I am amazed at the folks who do not use copy and paste.
nice Idea Tagpop..

Just the whole Vitual memory thing and how it is just like a chalk board. You can copy an area (text or picture) and move it almost anywhere you would like then Paste it.. So many dang ways to do the same thing in Windows so it does get confusing.. Once the old dawgs get used to it it does become old hat. (ask the 10YO grandkid! gets old after a while)

Also- Brett is pointing out another great idea.. Anytime one of those boxes pops up to ask you if it's alright to do something, it may already be too late. Teach how to perform System Restore points (Set up Automatic Restore point's too) so if things get messed up you can at least save your operating sytem and product updates up to a recent date when things worked fine. It saves a TON of re-programming and set-up work!

Just another idea for you guys as I've suffered and rebuilt from scratch too many times on family & friend's infected computers..

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I need to learn more about how to wipe out the previous owners passwords,and how to get access to the "administrator" password so I can USE all the features of my several hand me down computers ,and fix things when something goes awry with one..

I was absent here since last week,because my computer refused to log onto MTF,while it worked fine on every other site I frequent..kept getting an error message after the home page here started loading saying "Internet Explorer cannot open this website--operatio aborted"..then I'd get a "server not found" message..--only way I got on here was to go into the "settings" and disable "scripting"..read about doing that on google,and I guess it worked..I dont like poking around in the control panel though,I'm always afraid I'll do something I cant "un-do" and lose the ability to use the computers..

The other day I made the mistake of clicking on a "windows update" that was "ready to install"..after I did that,I now get an error message saying "You may be a victim of couterfit software",evidently whoever had the computer from me did not use a "genuine" windows XP disc to load it??--now I get a pop up while browing,and after going on the web,saying I must "resolve" the issue,and my background on the start up screen is black now,instead of the usual background I had...no clue how to "fix" this dilema either..computer has been acting really strange the past week--not sure if dial up and christmas shoppers have anything to do with it,or if its AOL or what--all I know is I am sick of it always being "messed up" and never working right,or for long,if it does decide to work OK...being signed on as a "guest" means I cant access a lot of things in the programming that I'd like to change too,which stinks...

I need to take a night course on computers to learn how to post picturs,do minor repairs,and how to fix common issues with them I guess...been using one for 10 years and I'm still pretty useless on one!..


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Just becase you see an update message, Look at it CAREFULLY! System restore points can also be employed to erase any changes made by that bogus 'update'. If it isn't from Microsoft.com then I'd just cancel it and try Windows Update from your Control panel..

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I'm pretty sure its an "official" microsoft message....and I cant use the "system restore" feature without an administrators password!..so I'm (bleeeped!).....I cant "cancel" the update evidently,all I can do is click the "X" to "close" out the message box every time it pops up...

I also have another computer I used a lot that refuses to load windows,after my cat knocked it on the floor...and I dont have the "Windows ME/2000" disc to try and re-load it with...guess thats "done" huh??..I'll lose a lot of photos and adresses I had in its hard drive,which is likely toast now...


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Ah, here's a good one--Starting your computer in "SAFE MODE".

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I'm pretty sure its an "official" microsoft message....and I cant use the "system restore" feature without an administrators password!..so I'm (bleeeped!).....I cant "cancel" the update evidently,all I can do is click the "X" to "close" out the message box every time it pops up...

I also have another computer I used a lot that refuses to load windows,after my cat knocked it on the floor...and I dont have the "Windows ME/2000" disc to try and re-load it with...guess thats "done" huh??..I'll lose a lot of photos and adresses I had in its hard drive,which is likely toast now...
**Was it Cat385B that knocked it over??

Who's computers are you using?
If they are your's why don't you have the password?

How far does the knocked over one run? Does it flash the Windows logo then die? or does it die right off? Could be the cat jarred some hardware loose.. It depends on the problem and where the boot-up fails.
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