How did you gain your technical expertise?


How did you gain your technical expertise?

  1. College Degree

  2. Community College

  3. Trade School

    0 vote(s)
  4. Trial and Error

  5. Internet classes

  6. Internet sources (THG, HardOCP, etc...)

  7. TechSpot!

  8. I am a computer God and know all!

  9. Howard

  10. Other

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By nickslick74 ยท 49 replies
Jun 6, 2007
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  1. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    you're probably not wrong, i've pretty much always had to fix my pc myself so i've learnt a lot from that and from techspot.
  2. curiousabout

    curiousabout TS Rookie

    What a great question. Although I'm probably older than many (if not most!) of you, I've just begun learning about computer hardware and how everything works this summer. 40 years was quite long enough to wait. Like Grafficks, I've done a ton of research with Google and through various forums. I never even visited a forum until recently, and am amazed at the amount of information so willingly provided. You guys are the best (faith in humanity boosted). Unlike Grafficks, my research was intended so that I could best configure a system to be built by a manufacturer since I need one before I'll be confident enough to build one myself. Now I'm obsessed with learning about this stuff...:)
  3. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I am a Computer God of War!

    Muahhahahaaha! :evil:

    I'll change my name to Kratos

  4. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    I pray that isn't you-amen
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    No lol, go to google and search Kratos ;)

    It's like the 2nd picture or what ever
  6. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Whoa, good.

    You scared me there for a second tp.:D
  7. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Is that a kilt ?
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I don't know it's not me :haha:
  9. boykov

    boykov TS Booster Posts: 74

    trial and error
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I broke a lot of stuff, that's how i first started.
  11. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    I've just been doing it since i was a wee little kid :p I started at 9 and now I'm 15...
  12. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    I started back in 2000-2002 while playing Ultima Online. I was looking to buy an in-game house, so I had left my ICQ number in posts all over the place hoping to find a motivated seller. I got an ICQ message from somebody I didn't know, but who apparently had seen my posts and wanted to know if I'd like to see pictures of their house. I clicked the link to view the pictures, and I see a window quickly open and close and then my computer crashed.

    I had a good idea that I had been sent something nasty because at the time Ultima Online accounts could be worth thousands of dollars, so I was probably sent a key logger in an attempt to steal my account. My account was almost worthless as I had no virtual property except what I could pick up off the ground. It wasn't until just a few years ago that my account became worth stealing.

    Well anyways, after my computer crash I ended up formatting and reinstalling Windows 98. Then I bought various PCI video cards in an effort to improve my game play. I was always buying more memory. I bought a new "Gaming Modem" to improve my 28.8k connection and my 220 ping. It didn't help. Years later I tired of PCI video cards, so I purchased a computer I could upgrade. I ended up buying a VPR Matrix 2.0 GHz Pentium IV with an ATX motherboard and a 4X AGP slot. That computer exploded into a more than decent gaming computer at the time with the edition of a Radeon 9700Pro and a Sound Blaster Audigy II both of which almost doubled the cost of the computer.

    Things have escalated from there.
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    20 years of breaking my own computers - made me an expert...

    at breaking computers
  14. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i think i got really interested in pc's when i bought some more ram once ;) i think it was for this pc actually :D although back then i was buying sd ram and had a 1ghz cpu, which was better than my sister's 433mhz cpu so i was happy ;)
  15. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    I wouldnt say i got expertise by any means, but ill go with the majority and say i learned what i know today from destroying every computer i had! starting with a commodore amiga 500. I remember saving for months to buy a 1 meg memory upgrade :). After i broke the parts i usually learned how id done it and not to do it again!
  16. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I learned 90% of my knowledge from this website :D !
  17. magiclight

    magiclight TS Enthusiast Posts: 66

    tech spot and the internet
  18. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    I picked up the screwdriver and prayed I wouldn't break my computer (To my surprise, I didn't and haven't unless I intended to...:p)
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I have worked in Electronics and computers for 37 years. I learned TV repair in a trade school in 1968, and I started working with computers (DEC PDP8) in 1975
  20. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,986   +12

    Nodsu hasn't posted in quite a while.

    I hope all is well.
  21. geekygirl63

    geekygirl63 TS Rookie Posts: 54

    27 years working Information Technology with Federal Govt. Started with mainframes using punch cards, programmed a PDP-11 once, saw the evolution of use of technology in govt, from mainframe to PCs. Administered the first UNIX box that came to our office (an Intergraph workstation) and evolved to managing a 300+ infrastructure of servers (SUN, SGI), PCs, and workstations. Cool stuff and then started a business 4 years ago providing computer services to the local area and now techspot.
  22. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Took a random A+ certifcation course in my freshman year of high school, and I caught the bug. Ended up "interning" for the school helping maintain the schools 500 or so PCs by my senior year. That is where I learned most of my hardware repair tricks.

    Fast forward a few years and I am a junior in college majoring in Networking and Data Security.

    It has been along road but thanks to the great community here I have learned alot and kept my spirits up.
  23. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    I'm a graphic designer with a lot of curiosity, and I replaced fans, dvd drives, and finally a power supply. After doing that, I decided I could build my own computer. I've also experimented a lot with Windows and Macintosh. My latest computer has Windows and Ubuntu on separate drives. I put gaming cases over economical setups. Lots of fun!
  24. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Posts: 295

    Most of what I know I learned out of curiosity (or trial and error). When Internet became widely available I learned a lot there to, and even more when I discovered Techspot. I've used a lot of time in front of the computer doing useful things, not-very-useful things and waste-off-time things.

    It all started back in 1992 when my mother bought an Apple Macintosh LC II, I made her freak out by replacing the boot-logo with a fake password-warning. I even made my own "operating system" with HyperCard (just a program that had menus and looked like an OS, not a real OS, of course).

    Then we got a IBM Thinkpad, Cyrix 586 with 8 MB Ram (not really a speed monster), later a Pentium 3, an AMD Athlon 2400+ (my first own computer) and now this Core2Duo laptop.

    People around me tend to get a little mad because I always change and tweak their systems to make them work better (especially when I'm not successful). They don't want ANYTHING to look or work different (but if something's not working their happy ask for my help).

    So, like most people here, I learned from trial and error.
  25. werepossum

    werepossum TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I built my first PC in '85, of necessity. Before that I had a Color Computer, totally useless thing with 4K of RAM and only a cassette for storage. The parts (including two 360K floppy drives and a full 640 KB of RAM) cost over $700, not including my monitor (16 shades of glorious amber!) Buying a computer pre-assembled, even a no-name clone, would have added another $300 at least. Assembling it was a challenge, since the rock bottom parts I bought (except for the Teac drives) had little or no instructions, there was no Internet for the general public, the small town I lived nearest had no book store, and no one I knew used or owned a computer, much less built one. Everything used jumpers, or DIP switches if you were really lucky. Even the little IBM trick of splitting & twisting the floppy drive cable hadn't become standard. So I really had to dive in and figure out what everything did.

    Eventually I added a hard drive (20 MB formatted to 30 MB using an RLL card, which necessitated reformatting every few months), then a multiscanning color monitor and CGA video card, then I built an AT clone. At each step I had to learn the new stuff, but it definitely got easier. (If you can set jumpers on a floppy drive, you can set them on a hard drive.)

    Around '90 the company I worked for bought computers and AutoCAD for the engineering department. The initial computers were Compaq, using $1,500 to $2,500 video cards, but as we added computers we couldn't afford to buy new computers and the original tech guy left so I got to build and upgrade clones instead. I fondly remember perusing inch-thick Computer Shopper magazines in search of new parts and new places to buy them. Now it's all about the Egg, and the premium for assembling new computers is so small that it's usually not worth the trouble, but I still build a couple a year.

    It's been a long, strange trip but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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