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By cjmagnum ยท 8 replies
Jun 29, 2007
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  1. since i started Techspot, i noticed that you guys are able to answer all of my computer questions in a heartbeat without seeing very much about my specs. And i was wondering how can i learn more about computers. I would also like to learn more about programming in C++, i know a little but nothing compared to what you guys seem to know.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No one knows everything :) Your questions were probably too simple :D

    You learn by taking interest and pursuing it. Internet contains pretty much everything you would want to know about computers. Pick any topic and research.

    Experience helps too. instead of just reading about stuff, try to do it yourself. (Can become quite expensive with hardware)
  3. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    I can answer both your questions.

    I learned all about C/C++ programming because I was an embedded systems developer for 15 years. I worked on various projects and got to know it very well. Then high tech collapsed.

    I learned all about fixing computers when I took an underemployed job as a tech agent at a Dell call centre supporting their PCs. They put me through training then threw me to the wolves on the phones solving customer problem after problem. They had "mentors" who would assist if I was stuck on something.

    It's all about work experience. Although I was a high tech engineer, that's not how I learned to fix comps. When I had a problem with my PC, I just had the IT department fix it. I knew how to use a comp very well, just not much about fixing them. That changed when I was hired at the Dell call centre. And it's vice-versa too. Just being a PC tech doesn't mean learn anything about programming. It's all about troubleshooting. Different set of skills.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    You'll be learning all your life if you are an IT person. There's very little now on these forums that I don't understand, very little that I could not answer... but I still have a zillion computing questions about other areas such as programming, OO, security, J2EE applications, etc....

    Keep learning. Read books. Read the Net. Keep learning and you will do fine.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Expierence is how many of us can answer your questions. I know us that have been around here a long time can sense what someone is asking even if they aren't able to write that in their post. Hell, sometimes I know the answer to the question before reading the post, only reading the title (of course this doesn't work when someone has a title of "HELP!!!!").
    So how you can learn more is just by reading posts, or trying to google the solution to them yourself. Its beneficial to google and get in early in the thread, that way you can work with the submitter trying to solve the problem. A lot of people will say reading books is good, but I've always found that way too dry and uninteresting.

    For C++, man I wish there was an easy way. I seem to have no ability to learn a language. I took a semister of C++ in college and got a D, then took a semister of FORTRAN and squeeked by with a C.
  6. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    TBH, I suggest you pick up a good book on it instead of a class.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    In my post above I said this: A lot of people will say reading books is good, but I've always found that way too dry and uninteresting.

    I had the Deitel & Deitel C++ book and I thought it was absolutely horrible, despite it being highly acclaimed.

    Plus I have no need or desire to learn a language, I have a degree in Geology and Geophysics and a Masters in Engineering Management, I have no need to learn one. I only took the class the first time because we were required to have 3 credits of some Comp Sci class, then when I got the D instead of trying to talk to my advisor (because you need a C to have it count towards graduation) about it I just took a different language and got a C.
  8. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    LOL!! I have a degree in Engineering Physics and my original goal was to be a geophysicist!!
  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    im trying to get A+ and im only 16, i want to work in the field of hardware repair

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