I took my first typing class in 1964. Prior to my first typing class, I did not know that the big key on the bottom row is the "space bar" key.
I first used a computer in 1995. Thus, it wasn't that long ago, in the great scheme of things, that I knew less than you know now. This is a round about way of saying that I can remember feeling puzzled and intimidated by computers.
Boot. Left click. Right click. Mouse. Window. Icon. Email. Virus. Why don't these people speak English?
I speak English, and I can help you understand computer terms and how to feel comfortable using your computer.
Whether you want to communicate with distant friends and relatives via email [ especially precocious grandchildren ]; compose a letter; or save, organize and retrieve files you have created, I am prepared to offer instruction in the privacy of your home or office.
I can offer guidance when you are in need of a new computer. I am prepared to help you understand the terminology [ ram, cpu, hard drive, modem, etc. ] you see in those computer advertisements.
you have purchased a computer and established an internet connection
[ We can assist with that, too! ], I can help you reduce your risks
from viruses, hackers and spyware.
are a number of web sites available that act as dictionaries and encyclopedias
of computer terms. The three sites to which I refer my students are:
If you learn better by reading a magazine, I recommend beginners subscribe to Smart Computing [ www.smartcomputing.com ]. They will send you a free copy of the current issue, so you can "try before you buy".
I grew up watching television. I am visually oriented. I learn better from books that have a lot of images. Thus, I recommend Ruth Maran's Windows __ __ Simplified series [ www.maran.com/website/catalog/simplified/index.html ]. Her books are available at bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble.
In Tucson, there are two organizations at which I teach classes. The Tucson Computer Society [ www.aztcs.org ] offers classes and Special Interest Groups [ SIGs ]. At the Tucson Computer Society SIGs focus on particular aspects of computing. If you are new to computing, you may be interested in the New Users SIG.
also teach classes at Oasis [ www.oasisnet.org/tuscon/index.htm
], sponsored by Robinsons May & Tucson Medical Center. Classes are
held at the El Con Mall.
Free tutorials are available at a multitude of internet sites.
Microsoft maintains a web site dedictated to the use of each Microsoft product. If you go to support.microsoft.com/ph/1188, you can click on the name of the product about which you want to learn.
A particularly useful tutorial from Microsoft regards the use and customization of Internet Explorer 6. www.microsoft.com/enable/training/ie6/
I use Internet Explorer because Microsoft offers live technical support when one has problems with Internet Explorer. Online support is also available from a variety of sources, to include Microsoft [ support.microsoft.com/ph/2073 ].
For those of you who prefer to use Netscape or Firefox, online support is available. Netscape offers assistance at channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp. Unofficial, online support for Netscape can be obtained at www.ufaq.org.
Online support for Mozilla's Firefox can be found at www.mozilla.org/support/.