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What Should I learn this summer?

By bobby123
Jun 28, 2007
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  1. Guys I am now free and bascially have a summer to look forward. However I would like to learn something related to pcs for enjoyment and knowledge. I dont know what to learn though, I have about 4 months off lol. Any suggestions?. I was randomly thinking programming but what do you lot think?
     
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    You should learn whatever your heart desires; if you want to learn about programming, go for it :grinthumb !
     
  3. chance1138

    chance1138 TS Rookie Posts: 62

    You should learn telekinesis! That's all the rage.
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +394

    Learn how to hack a ball mouse. I need one hacked for a project at work so that you can move it (doesn't even have to be a mouse at this point) say 5 feet on the ground, yet only 6" or so on the monitor.
     
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Learn how to program in binary.
     
  6. chance1138

    chance1138 TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Haha! I think that my be harder than telekinesis!
     
  7. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 336

    lol are these serious sugesstions?
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +394

    Well I didn't expect you to tear into a ball mouse. But product hacking can be a pretty fun and rewarding. Check out www.hackaday.com lots of smart dudes over there.
     
  9. Alex.A

    Alex.A TS Rookie Posts: 73

    Do you know to work in PhotoShop? It's a nice, complex program where you can do whatever you want with images and graphics. Its fun, and I think 4 months will be enough :haha:
     
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Lol :D ! Whatever you do, don't get PhotoShop CS3 Beta! I have it and it is ridden with bugs :eek: !
     
  11. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Ha! I learned telekinsis thirteen summers ago. When your mouse pointer crawls around your screen without you touching your mouse, that's me enjoying my free time :p
     
  12. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 336

    I cant seem to have a mouse pointer, it shows up with some magnification glass. Btw I do use photoshop.
     
  13. ITGuy702

    ITGuy702 TS Member Posts: 70

    Good suggestions. LOL! If you want a serious suggestion here you go:

    You said you want to learn something related to pc's for enjoyment and knowledge. That's still not a very specific statement. With that said, I'd suggest starting with an A+ course. That will at least give you the knowledge. It's a lot of dry reading and all but it's a starting point and you'd at least gain knowledge.

    For enjoyment, programming is very enjoyable once you learn your preferred programming language. Then you can create applications/web pages from scratch. It all depends on what you'd like to do with what you learn.
     
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,925   +347

    How about taking a game like Half Life 2 and creating a mod for it or creating a map for Counter Strike: Source?
     
  15. retexan599

    retexan599 TS Rookie

    If you want to prepare yourself for your future working life, buy a copy of Word or Excel for Dummies and go through it page by page in front of your computer and try everything it teaches. At a more basic level, how good a typist are you? Everyone who plans a technical career needs to learn how to type quickly and accurately. This is just me being a grandfather.... :)
     
  16. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 336

    I can touch type and I am pretty fast too. Is there any good websites on learning java? I have decided that I will do this.
     
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    The best way to try and find a site; Google ;) .
     
  18. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 336

    lol I already have took me to wikipedia in the end, got bored lol
     
  19. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,971   +10

    Try Karate or Yoga.

    Or start learning some musical instrument (if you aren't already into it)
     
  20. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 336

    yer I mean computer releated ravigaru
     
  21. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,971   +10

    Oh well..

    I think you meant 'guru'.
     
  22. ITGuy702

    ITGuy702 TS Member Posts: 70

  23. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    From what most programmers I know say, C++ is a good language to launch you into programming for games and other interactive media, if that's what you're into. Once you're through with Java, of course.

    Javawise... I don't know if you can find local classes for it, but they offer basic and pro ones online, the former for free, the latter for a little dough.
     

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