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ReddDogg
09-06-2000, 10:28 PM
I just happened across this site, but I can tell it will become more addictive than the msce mailing list I read everyday. I think it would be nice for everyone to introduce themselves, i am especially interested in knowing a little bit more about danqu, and dale, and charles, since you guys have such great answers, and I think this seems like a nice community for posting questions.

My name is Joe Redd, I am 20 years old from Lima Ohio, I am just finishing a degree in information systems technology, and i hold an a degree in accounting, finished cum laude last winter. I build and repair pc's out of my house, and have been employeed since december for an interent tech support company, which provides support for 6 internet companies, bright.net of ohio, wk.net of kentucky/tennesee, nemr.net, marktwain.net, and kvmo.net of missouri, and drenthe.net of michigan. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional having passed NT 4.0 Server and Networking Essentials thus far, 2 for 2 so far taking tests, and planning on finishing my MSCE track before year end. I know more about hardware than software, but I can do basic perl and alot of html stuffs, but that is about it on web developing. My hat's off to charles for building this wonserful site for us geeks to use to hang out.

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Joe Redd
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Zed
09-07-2000, 08:52 AM
I'm a Taiwanese student, 15 years of age. Might seem a bit young, but i'm extremely interested in computers, especially in how they function and how to optimize performance, as well as how OS's work. I started out reading the articles, and got hooked... Special thanks to everyone who replied, i have expanded my knowledge bit by bit.

Duchess
09-07-2000, 05:20 PM
My name is Gloria and I am not a newbie. I have taught myself a lot about using my computer through trial and error (mostly error). My husband and I live in New Jersey and run our own business out of our home. My area of so called expertise is Windows 95/98 and Software. Hardware is an area where I am sadly ineffecient and ignorant. I have retired from the Weyerhaeuse Company, located in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. and therefore can't be considered as a spring chicken.

This area is a great idea and more people should introduce themselves here. I would like to say Hello to all the postees and extent my personal welcome.

Charles Kozierok
09-07-2000, 06:27 PM
Hello everyone, and welcome to our little club. All are welcome. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
Thanks for posting this thread, Joe, a great idea. Incidentally, is that a typo or did you get two degrees before the age of 20? I think you're more qualified than I am to be running this site. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif
We welcome people of all ages here, and are glad to have you both here, Zed and Duchess. Unlike some hardware venues on the net, newbies are more than welcome here.
As for me, well, I run the place and there's blurbage on me in the Site Guide somewhere. Not very interesting stuff. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif Now that I am mostly done hacking the code and reorganizing all the forums, I hope I can get down to more participating! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Comprehensive PC Reference, Troubleshooting, Optimization and Buyer's Guides...

ReddDogg
09-08-2000, 01:45 AM
Yes, that is right, two degrees before turning 21, I had first one done at age nineteen, it is in accounting. They are 2 year degrees. I am at small college, started school at age 17 (college that is). I never touched a computer till I got to college, so I have only been working with them for about 2 years all together. I started by teaching myself html, and then I taught myself enough perl to make basic program. Later an instructor showed me enough to make basic guestbooks and such, gave me webspace to do it and that kind of stuff. Then I built my own computer, and had to fix my old hewlett packard which broke alot, and then I sold it to my mom in a trade for some other stuff, and then rebuilt a p90 system and started networking, and got a job with internet company, and have rapidly learned ever since then. I picked up some certifications along the way, and so now I am looking for a network admin job as I am finishing school. I want to learn more about perl and things that make the web tick, and when I get to bigger town and get faster connection and deticated ip address, I plan on starting my own site. Rest Assured, it will include to www.pcguide.com (http://www.pcguide.com) on it. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Joe Redd
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Rossgr
09-08-2000, 01:43 PM
Where to start? I am 50yrs young an Ex Navy electronic Tech currently working as a technician for a major manufacture of inkjet printers. I maintain the equipment that performs a very unique process to the silicon wafers that are destined to become the heart of a ink cartridge.

I have owned a PC for about 20yrs now, started with an Apple II+, 48K Ram, 146K floppy drive! I graduated to IBM clones (reluctantly, loved my Apple) in '87. Started with a double floppy 8086 system. Then got a used 286, I started building my own in about '90 when I set a rather large magnet(attached to a speaker!) on my hard drive(Don't do this!). Ended up getting a new mobo with a bios setup as the original system need a special low level format progarm which I did not have. A bit later I installed that mobo in a Black min Tower case. Guess you could say I still have that computer, only now it is a AMD K62-450. It has been a Cyrix 486, then a Cyrix PR200.

I am currently running a 4 system LAN at home (There are 4 of us in the house) 1. P3-450/TNT2-M64 2. 400Mhz Celeron/TNT2-M6 3. K62/ 2d 4. P133 HP Pavillion. All but the last home built.

Along the way I have earned BS degrees in Physics and Math.

newton's cat
09-08-2000, 04:48 PM
Hi, my name is David, from London, UK. My interest in computers is both personal and, as I've become more and more aware of what can be done with them, "philanthropic" (couldn't think of the correct word to use here!)

Philanthropic? Well, I am 58, for the last 40 years I've experienced "schizophrenia" - not, I must add, the devastatingly disabling kind requiring medication, but I've not been able to work for 25 years. I feel, I am deeply convinced, that computers and, especially the Net have a vital role to play in the world of "mental illness". So far, I'm proud to say, I've already "saved" one despairing individual, rescued her from "suicidal ideation" by providing her with a computer so that she can expand her lonely world, find friends in far places, bitch about her problems, etc. If anyone knows of sites that concentrate not on the "illness" aspect of having a "dysfunctional consciousness" but on how to "find one's place in the universe" through the medium of the Internet and computers in general I would be glad to hear from you.

David (Newton's Cat)

canoeyoo
09-09-2000, 11:45 PM
Hi my name is Justin and im from Portmsouth, RI (god help me). Im 16 and a junior in highschool. Im currently working at Kramer Lighting as an engineer and have been for almost a year now. I really became interested in computer when we got our first Windows machine three years ago. Prior to that we owned a macintosh performa model (which is still a great computer IMHO), but when we got the IBM it was liek entering another world. I felt much more involved with the computer and i had a lot more control over what was going on (that and it was a hell of a lot faster).

After that i wanted to learn more about them and a year later i decided it was time to upgrade the video card. So i bought an ATI Rage 128, which was very fast card a year and half ago, and it has served me faithfully ever since. The thing was that when i opened up the case it didn't fit in any of the slots. So, i asked a software engineer friend of mine and he said "Oh, that card probably uses an AGP slot. You must not have one." From there on it was sort of a quest of knowledge concerning computers and seeing as my job is so involved with computers i developed an obsession with them. Im hoping this forum will be chance to share what i know and to learn some things from the much more experienced. Kick ass.

Charles Kozierok
09-10-2000, 09:41 AM
Welcome, Ross, it's good to have you here. I'm thrilled to hear of your experience with printers, as that is hard to find and something I am sorely lacking. I hope you'll stick around and help us with some of those tough peripheral questions. I don't suppose you'll tell us who you work for, hmm? http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif
David, thanks for being on the forums. Congratulations to you for finding the good in a difficult condition, and well, saving a life makes all this PC stuff pale by comparison. Heart-warming story.
Justin, don't kick all our old asses too hard, eh? http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself, and I am sure you will have lots to contribute.
Anyone else out there, don't be shy!

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Charles M. Kozierok ( ixlubb@PCGuide.com )
Webslave, The PC Guide (http://www.PCGuide.com)
Comprehensive PC Reference, Troubleshooting, Optimization and Buyer's Guides...

der King Mongo
09-11-2000, 04:35 PM
My name is Mongo http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif. I'm a 28-year old denizen of the Bay Area, and I do contract Help Desk stuff at the moment. My degree is in Creative Writing, so I never expected to be doing computer stuff, but over the past couple of years, that's what it's been and I enjoy it quite a bit. Not easy to get your foot in the door, particularly if you're impatient, as I am, but it's happening--networking (no, not TCP/IP, but getting to know people) is really the best approach.

Anyway, my only certification at the moment is A+, I'm sort of working on the Win2K MCSE track, but not with that much enthusiasm. I really just like playing with computers, not that auditing administrating crap. I don't aspire to much more than a desktop tech, that would make me happy.

So, that's me!

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Paleo Pete
09-15-2000, 02:32 AM
Well, just found this thread as well, just now taking time to skim through something other than the help forums...gotta take a break now and then...

Paleo Pete is a nickname I got through my association with a couple of friends into amateur archaeology here in the dry state of Texas, one of whom has a degree in it. It's a reference to the earliest people to populate the Americas, from 10,000 to 15,000 or even 20,000 years ago, depending on who you talk to.

I'm almost 45, been a musician almost 40 of those years, play several instruments, mainly guitar, and read a LOT. Also into gardening, Mycology (mushrooms), photography, some woodworking, fishing, a little hunting, cooking, and Pink Floyd. hehe...

I've been a machinist the past 8 years, currently working weekends doing demos, (distributing coupons and samples in stores), and barely surviving at it. Also have been a carpenter, small engine mechanic, outboard engine mechanic, sign builder, boilermaker, optical instrument repair in the service, cook, and played music for about 5 years for a living.

Got into computers when my brother built me one 6 years ago, (486) and after a nightmare with a hard drive decided next time I had to open the case I would ask no questions of ANYONE...6 months later I upgraded my 486 to a P-166 with no outside assistance. Jumped in with both feet from there, worked in a computer shop for about 6 months and got some limited training, but most has been on my own, reading and checking out every website I can find. Currently studying for A+ testing, and hoping I can get out of this one horse town and make a decent living. (I think the horse is dead...)

I have this P-200MMX, 3 working XT's, 2 working 386's, and a P-60 Packard Bell, with win3.11. All except the main Pentium were built from parts collected at resale shops, which is how I learn and stay in practice. Can't go wrong experimenting with a 386 that cost $5...so what if I crash it?? Now if I could just figure out what I did to that 286 over in the corner...

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bassvax
09-15-2000, 06:06 AM
Hi all! This is a great place Charles-Thanks. Well, I'm not really anyone, but here goes...I'm 35 and work at a wastewater treatment plant. A few years back I told myself I wouldn't get into learning anything about pc's except how to use one. That was until my son wanted a computer and we started out with AOL...Our almost year experience with the 100MHz Packard & Bell with WIN 95 and AOL opened my mind. The straw that broke the camel's back was when my son said one day "Dad, why I can't I do this on the computer and why does it keep saying this?". At the time I didn't have a clue...long story short...I learned quickly that AOL was only for people new to the net and that it was way too restrictive for any other level of user...out the door it went. I also learned how to replace a 3.5" floppy drive. In the last six months I have studied mostly on books from then library and the internet and have taken one class (a continuing education -How to repair and upgrade your pc). This class gave me the confidence to start cracking cases. I have sinced been appointed to our company computer maintenance group as a departmental representative (to ease the traffic to the computer engineer). I set up, correctly diagnosed, upgraded and repiard several computers of friends, work and family. I am now interested in working towards A+ certification and more to follow...and quite possibly a career change as my excitement for this field has grown intensely. I am now ready to build my own (that means I have the confidence and am looking forward to the problems I will encounter) power sytem.I have learned a great deal in places like this...just proving how appreciative your work is Charles and all that take time to read and reply-Thanks to all-Jerry

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ReddDogg
09-15-2000, 10:24 PM
I think this thread is great, getting an idea how we all got into computers. Unless you are going through school right now, you have to have a reason to be thrust into using computers.

Like Canoeyoo, I too really dug into computers after a video card upgrade. I bought a diamond viper 770 32 meg card, and I went to install it in my hewlett packard, and I found it didn't fit any slots. I did some reading, and found out that it was because I didn't have agp, and the hp was so restrictive, I peice by peice built my athlon 600 system, and since then have been working with other parts, I have built about 10 computers for other people, repair countless others, and have collected my 486's and my p90 and my p 133 system from taking the parts in trade for new computers (the parts were my labor fee).

Mongo, is that your real name? My uncle Rich, who's story is very similar to all of ours (was a calculus teacher, now is the network admin in charge of sequel server for state teachers retirment in Ohio) has the nickname Mongo. I think of him when I see your posts.

I know we haven't heard from everyone, I like to read where everyone I am talking to is coming from into the computer world. No one in our generation goes through life saying, when I grow up I want to be a computer nerd. Least, I never had that thought, I just kinda adjusted to the idea. (I know, at age of 20 it seams I should be in the computer age, but my high school was still having their computer classes on apple EE's ... lol)

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Joe Redd
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Charles Kozierok
09-16-2000, 10:31 AM
My computing experience began with an Apple ][ that is still kicking around someone's closet. I loved that thing. You haven't really computed until you've done it with no disk drives at all of any type, loading programs from a regular audio cassette player. Watch that volume knob! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
As for school, Joe, my first computer work at school involved the extensive use of punchcards. Nuff said. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif And NO, I'm NOT that old, the COMPUTER was! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

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Note: Please reply to my forum postings here on the forums. Thanks.

dale
09-18-2000, 01:19 AM
I still have my Apple IIe in my closet Charles http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif. My very FIRST computer was, believe it or not, a CDC 7600 (a very large supercomputer at the time), back in 1982 at the young age of 22. My second computer (one month later) was the Cray 1A supercomputer. When I say first, I mean, the very first computer I could program. I was fortunate to work for the National Security Agency down in the basement to learn computers from "the best" after I exited the Air Force. The coolest thing about this job was I had to really understand exactly how supercomputers work in order to take advantage of every clock tick of CPU power. When you paid $40million for a computer, the management wanted to make really sure no CPU cycle goes idle http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif. Its amazing to me that everything I learned about supercomputer architecture such as memory banking, pipelining, multiple functional units, caching and so forth have all been recreated in a single chip today that is more powerful than the first supercomputer.

Since then I have worked with both hardware and software. My favorite thing to do was writing device drivers for Unix systems. I just love writing a line of code that makes a light blink http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif. On a personal level, my first computer was the TI 99/4A if anyone can even remember such. After TI screwed up a great thing, I was fortunate to sell it off and buy the Apple IIe still in my closet. I subsequently bought a AT&T Unix PC 7300 (anyone seen one? :-) that was pretty cool for awhile until I bought a used 386 with a SCSI disk to finally replace it.

I am currently a Chief Technology Officer for an Internet company and I claim expertise in computer architecture, C language, Perl, Linux/Unix, HTML, Apache Web servers, network and security security (firewalls especially), building, rebuilding and fixing Wintel computers (windows + intel)and various wierd computer things. I started on DOS on the first IBM/XT and have since grown up with Windows and PCs (since about 1983). I have about 5 computers around the house networked together all accessing the web via a Cable Modem and a couple going through my Linux firewall system.

I think this forum is really good - it does appear that very wierd problems (and people? http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif) show up here, another reason I like it. Sounds like we have a core group of smart folks who seem to have a broad range of experiences.

Great to meet you all!
dale

Rossgr
09-19-2000, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by ixl:
Welcome, Ross, it's good to have you here. I'm thrilled to hear of your experience with printers, as that is hard to find and something I am sorely lacking. I hope you'll stick around and help us with some of those tough peripheral questions. I don't suppose you'll tell us who you work for, hmm? http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif




I think if you watch my posts it will become obvious were I work, meanwhile how about a High Priced hint http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif I will help out when I can but when it comes to software or even sorting out the myriad of printer models I am in about the same boat a the rest of the world. Only a few people in Marketing understand the differences and I think it is one of the best kept secrets in the industry!

This is turning into an execelent message board, I appreciate the work you but into it. I think I was the 9th to register, it is fun to watch the number of users grow! Thank You

dewah
09-19-2000, 09:17 PM
hi everyone,
im steve from manchester,uk. my earliest experience/lack of ,with computers was with an amstrad 464,tape loading.which i got rid of about 10 years ago
i havent had another one until february this year,it wasnt anything like that though.
i built it with a pre system ,which is fully set up in a case, just add cpu,hdd and ram.easy i thought, anyone can do that. that was the easy bit as i had yet to discover.
i knew i needed an o/s ,but never realised how tricky it would prove to get running. i was about to discover.....bios .....
finally 10 hours later i was up an running......
then i discovered the internet(,which i had heard of), wow...i was well hooked now..
after numerous crashes ,after installing everything i could download,i neede to know why.
im figuring it out now ,and have learnt a lot(?) in these past few months .
i like this site , it is the first one which i have participated in .
and seems very informative. hope i can help solve some probs as well........
bye 4 now ...dewah.... the artist extraordinaire http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

docbell41
09-22-2000, 09:25 PM
I also was forced into the computer age...By trade I was an auto mechanic but know days we are called auto technitions.As more and more computers were required to operate the various systems on newer cars I found myself getting left farther and farther behind.Three years ago I took a job as a flunkie with a company that had a fleet of 1800 new cars of which about 90 percent were GM's.GM payed them for warranty work done on their cars and also offered technical training to the techs so I took a gamble and a big cut in pay to try and get aboard the hi tech train and i am sure glad I did.Within six months I was promoted to lead tech and was able to jump to the highest pay scale because others refused to change.I dont know what they were thinking,these new systems are not going to go away,they just keep getting more and more advanced.Anyway,if you had told me in 1976 when I first started working on cars that I would one day have to have computer skills in order to fix cars I probably would have laughed at you but today it has become a reality.We no longer write paper repair orders,the pen and paper has been replaced by computers and as of last year repair manuals were replaced by cd's and next year the cd's will be replaced by internet.Soooo I figured I had better get myself a computer and start learning and have I ever.One of the first things I learned was to start searching for sites like this one because technical assistance is costly and mostly useless,at least for the computer that I purchased.(that was lesson #1)Anyway enough rambling.I was glad to find this sight and really like what I have seen so far and I hope not to sound to ignorant with some of my questions but all of this is still brand new to me...docbell41

dumarest
09-26-2000, 09:13 AM
For Dale - I am one who really goes back. Although I am very comfortable taking my computer(s} apart, I am not a hardware but a software person [most complex hardware was building a wire-wrapped single board computer based on FORTH]. Am now retired back to Maine after 47 years away. A career in biochemical research that took me to Lebanon and Nigeria in my younger days, more recently involved in image processing for an oil and gas company in Texas. Now the going back. I am probably the only person on this board who has actually used the ENIAC - it was still in use when I was a student at the U. of Pa. in the late 1950's. Filled three large rooms, 10000 vacuum tubes, mean time between failure some few minutes (a tube could blow, not a hard failure). Memory was 8 words {that is NOT 8K but a measly small 8 words). But that is not where I got hooked on programming. In 1963 I was in Negeria. At that time Tom Watson Jr., while obviously to be the head of IBM, was a pain in the neck at company headquarters - so lets put him elsewhere, they gave him the Africa area. There were of course no computers in Africa, but it would be a nice vacation. However he had a concept - train African students and when their government decided to go modern they would say 'who do we have who knows computers' and the answere would be 'me, I know IBM' and of course IBM computers would be the choice to purchase. The idea worked!! But first, get the training site. Watson went fromn country to country with his offer - free computer, IBM would build a building, and pay tuition at the University for the students who would have to meet admission standards and in 5 years the whole thing would be given to the University. Everyone turned him down - no truck with this bad American company - until Nigeria, University of Ibadan. The provost was away, the vice provost was away, the acting vice provost said yes and almost lost his job. Anyway, in came the system - an IBM 1400 computer with what at that time was quite uncommon, external disk drive [memory was 4K, drive 10M]. As setup was complete, a memo to University staff said the computer was available for staff use. I was doing research on ion transport across red cell membranes in sickle cell disease, and figured the computer could do differential equations for me. Went to the site, asked. Sure, write your program. Here is the computer, here is the 'ON' switch, here is a set of manuals, and here is the key to the building. It is a great way to learn {Assembler of course]. Enough for now, but that is the start story.

StoneDragon
10-11-2000, 09:46 PM
Well... just killing time at work, so might as well revive an old thread.

Like Paleo Pete, I'm a musician/composer, main instrument is guitar (doesn't everybody play guitar?). Music drew me into computers. I've always been interested in using the computer to compose music, but until I inherited an old Compaq 286 (about the time everybody was getting into Pentiums and Windows 95), I had absolutely no idea what working with a computer meant... but I wanted to anyway.

Along with the Compaq came some other no-name 286 that wasn't acting right so I did my best to find any books dealing with DOS and repairing a PC. Turns out that the machine was infested with the Michelangelo virus and having some weird problem with the hard drive, so I ended up just throwing it in a dumpster. I couldn't even give the darn thing away for free!

The Compaq, however, is still going strong and once loaded with MIDI sequencing software became the hub of my gurilla home studio setup.

Not to be out done, my wife informs me by telephone one day that she was walking past the local computer shop and just couldn't help herself. She came home with a Pionex Elite P120 that has turned out to be a pretty hot machine. Since this new computer came with a modem, I insisted that we immediately sign up for internet access. She was reluctant at first, but I told her that I had a plan for our future that included the internet. (another case of not knowing anything about it, but knowing that was where I wanted to go)

Once online, we both immediately began learning what it was going to take to put a website together. The fruits of our efforts turned into zentao.com (http://www.zentao.com). We eventually began offering web design and promotion services, which landed me my current day job at Ellisport Bay Marine (http://www.newagemarineparts.com) as a computer/internet jockey and all-around gopher. I'm responable for keeping a steady flow of traffic coming to the website and keeping 4 windows based comps networked and behaving properly... boy am I glad I learned all that DOS stuff!! It comes in pretty handy when you have to go rooting around in the Windows basement... and my boss gets real nervous anytime he sees a black screen with a blinking cursor LOL.

Troubleshooting what turned out to be a faulty monitor brought me to this site, so I immediately added the URL to my growing list of UBB membership links.

On the music front, I just purchased this system from TranscendPC (http://www.transcendpc.com):

ASUS CUBX motherboard w/PIII 700e flip chip and 256mb PC100 RAM
Two Maxtor HDDs - 20gig and 30gig - both ata/66 7200rpm
ASUS 50x CDROM and Plextor PX-W1210TABP CDRW
Matrox Millenium G400 32MB (SH) video card
Egosys WaMi Rack 24 audio system (purchased elsewhere)
CasEdge 300W Mid-Tower

This machine will be a dedicated digital audio workstation on which I hope to compose, master and release my own music CDs.

You know where I'll be asking questions should this system misbehave http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

jajm
10-14-2000, 07:30 PM
this is a response to what david (newton's cat-- what a cool name...)posted, expressing interest in computer links for improving the lives of schizophrenics and others with similar issues. i don't know if this is what you are looking for, but there is a "mad movement" (i use this word respectfully) website called www.madnation.org (http://www.madnation.org) . it is not about computers specifically, but it is abt finding one's way despite psychiatric labels. it has a political focus-- participants may vary from those who believe "mental illness" is merely a label used to stigmatize non-conformists, to those who believe mental illness is a real thing but that there should be less stigma and abuse of those who suffer from it. the site has links to other related-but-not-identical sites. so, even if it's not quite what you had in mind, maybe it will lead to other things that would be. a zillion links (including some for the uk) can be found at: http://www.madnation.org/weblinks.htm. i wasn't sure if i shd post this on the bbs, or if i shd email it directly to david, since it's not specifically abt computers. but then, the olympics discussion wasn't about computers, either, and i thought maybe someone else might wander through the forum and be interested in the same sort of information, so i decided to post it publically. i just don't want to get into a whole controversy or even really a discussion abt it... if it's helpful-- great! if not, forget about it and no harm done! i was alarmed by how son of zeus became offended in the olympics discussion-- don't want to set off something like that here! :-)

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Paleo Pete
10-15-2000, 12:39 AM
Just a note after reading the previous post.

When I was in high school, I joined Junior Volunteers. One of the things we would do was go to a state institution for the mentally unstable and visit the young kids about once a month. Anyone who's never been inside one might not understand, but once you've walked through it, seen and heard, given cookies to the 4-12 year olds who obviously live in their own little universe, and it's not even within light years of ours...you'd never even think about the possibility that mental illness is just a "label".

I've seen the people in rubber rooms, banging their heads continuously against the wall...HARD...heard the screams, idiotic laughter, babbling...seen the vacant stares...lights-are-on-but-nobody's-home looks...nopers, mental illness is far from a label...it's VERY real, and when you walk down the hall through the middle of it, it's very scary, very sobering...and very sad...

So if you run across anyone who thinks of mental illness as a label, tell them to go take a walk through the local state institution for the mentally unstable. Ask them if they still think it's a label when they come back.

We weren't allowed into the section with the bad cases...

It just had to be said...

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Katze1031
10-17-2000, 05:57 PM
Hello my name is Kathleen.
<stands up and does her best /kneels in humility and reverence>
Speaking of first computers mine was a Commadore 64. I was about 12yrs old when my parents upgraded to a 286 so the 64 was passed to the children who in turn took the whole thing apart even the motherboard http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif. Needless to say have been taking everything apart since then. Close friend of mine plays online games (EQ) so after getting hooked on computer games broke down and put together a computer off of others hand-me-downs. Six months into my EQ addiction the system became infected bad infected. So take it to the computer shop... diagnosis get another hard drive and motherboard or flash BIOS the old board. So I told hubby to take it home and I'll take it apart. Not knowing anything about computers and no instructions found in DOS which I still know little about the missing files (worm virus) replaced them only to find out it just keeps eating them. So I replaced my hard drives which where a 6 and a 4 gig (needed to replace them anyway)And started all over. Ever since I have been hooked. Start January 8 2001 in a Bachlor of Science IT . So in 4 years I might be able to de bug the other 3 hard drives I have. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif Not that exciting but with 2 kids under 4yrs. Everything around here is a molehill waiting to be upgraded http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

azonicbruce
10-18-2000, 02:58 AM
Nice thread. I just want to thank everyone who has helped me out since I joined in on this rad site!!

My name is Bruce Buck, from McMinnville, Oregon. Now living in Provo, UT studying Manufacturing Engineering Technology at BYU. I LOVE MOUNTAIN BIKES and COMPUTERS!! I never thought I'd be "into" computers, but it all started with an awesome roomate my freshman year here. He, named Paul, got me hooked into Doom II, and the computer world in general, telling me about all the neat ideas for gaming/programming that he wanted to do. Then me and him both were gone for 2 years serving missions for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Paul went to Costa Rica, I went to central Mexico. We wrote each other a couple times and he'd tell me about all the cool computer things that were finally arriving there (ie. Nintendo 64 and internet shops). I myself barely saw anything in the area I was in. So when we both got back, WOW! so much had changed!!

Returning to BYU and getting back into the computer scene was exciting. My first semester back was to save up for a nice computer. Paul and I were roomates again, and he had a nice 450mhz PC w/ nice features. I finally saved up and by the end of December I had enough to get a custom/hand built PC (that someone was selling) that was up-to-date and fast. Couldn't have been more pleased. To make a long story short, I got into it more and decided to upgrade. Just like with my Bike, I decided that I WAS FED UP with being a slave to a computer shop and was going to learn how to do it "on my own", just as I learned bicycle mechanics by myself. I've saved so much money on working on my bike it's not even funny. When I was about to upgrade, I knew that I was going to need some SERIOUS help and that it wouldn't be as easy as workin' on bikes. So I stumbled across YOU GUYS (The PC guide) and I was not only welcomed warmly, but immediately hooked!! So much help and useful info. I wonder if they have a site like this for car repairing? http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif I love this site and am glad that I know I have TONS of people here I can count on to help me in my PC endeavors.

I'm 22, have a lovely wife named Marysa, still got 2 years for a bachelor's, and hope my interest in computers and bikes will take me somewhere! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif You guys ROCK!! Would love to hear from everyone else.

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Jerkymom
10-28-2000, 03:46 AM
Hi Everyone! My name is Kim and I'm very pleased to meet all of you. Talk about exalted company!!! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif What a wonderful mixture of experience, education, and human kindness has gone into making these forums such a great place to learn and get help! Watching the number of members grow is incredibly exciting, and kudos to Charles for starting this - the absolute best on the web, IMHO! The patience and caring you all extend to everyone who posts here (even newbies) is really admirable and a pleasant change from what I've encountered on other so-called "help" forums!

Nothing exciting about my background in computers, but here goes... I'm 51 years old and I was coerced into getting my first computer in 1994 when my son (Jerkyboy) flatly insisted I join the 20th century. He and his sister (Jerkysis) were both total geeks and relentless in their quest to add me to the club, hence my name Jerkymom. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif I started with my son's hand-me-down 386SX-25 (running DOS 5.0 until I upgraded to Win 3.0) which I managed to crash at least once a week because of my tendency to want to figure out how everything worked. Eventually, through trial and error and with a lot of rescues from my kids (who must have regretted getting me involved by that time!), I became knowledgeable and brave enough to build my own computer from scratch. I think it was a Cyrix 166 with 16MB RAM and a 700MB hard drive - cheap but functional. Because I live in a rural area with no access to computer superstores, or in fact, computer stores at all, I was forced to order all the components online when our little hick town finally got it's first ISP in 1996. Since then I've built quite a few for friends and family, 486s, 586s, and finally socket 7 pentiums, but nothing faster than AMD K62-550s. I haven't taken the plunge into Athlons, dual CPUs, etc. yet, but guess it's just a matter of time. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif My own current system is an AMD K62-450 on a Tyan Trinity S1590S mobo w\256MB RAM, 6.4GB hard drive, 100MB Zip drive, Mitsumi 24X CDROM, Mitsumi 4X burner, 3.5" Mitsumi floppy and Mitsumi mouse, running Win98 FE. As you can see I'm a big Mitsumi fan! I've had absolutely perfect luck with all things Mitsumi, so if it ain't broke... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif It's fun to build new PCs, but my favorite thing is working on older models, troubleshooting hardware and software problems and helping people on fixed incomes keep their systems up and running. As those systems are upgraded, the old parts are passed down to whoever can use them, and my "pay" is the learning experience and happy heart I receive in return. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

I work for Allegheny Energy, the local power utility, and my exploits with
computers helped me become LAN Administrator 2 years ago. Before that, I was the fuel tester, preparing and analyzing coal samples all day, and arguably one of all-time dirtiest jobs ever! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/frown.gif The job should have been titled "coal miner", cuz that's what I looked like at the end of my shift!
I hate NT 4.0, but next year we're going to Win2K so I'd better start "experimenting" ASAP!

Kids are all grown up with families of their own, so it's just my long-suffering husband Bob, myself, and our African Grey parrot Rebel here at home now. Thanks to the PC Guide Forums, I feel like I'm part of a family again! Many thanks to everyone for making this such a wonderful site, and hope I can be of some help! I feel truly privileged to be here with all of you!!! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

Kim

Paleo Pete
10-28-2000, 09:20 AM
Welcome to the forum mom!!

Glad to have you with us, I watch everyone's info, since I seem to be always on the lookout for something to add to my meager but growing knowledge and links list, and your ability and expertise certainly hasn't been unnoticed.

Glad to have still another tech amongst us who is into the older machines. I learned most of what I know now by tinkering with anything I could pick up cheap in resale shops from XT machines up to my most recent acquisition, a Cyrix 6x86-133 chip I popped into my old motherboard about a week ago. It's only running DOS 6.22 right now, but later if I can ever get my hands on a decent size hard drive I'd like to try Win95 on it. It's set up with a 120MB Seagate right now, so I guess it will be a Win 3.11 machine for the time being.

Hope you stick around, keep up the good work!

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Paleo Pete
10-28-2000, 09:31 AM
azonicbruce: Glad to have you with us, and welcome to the wide world of computers. I'm not a serious biker, but enjoy mountain bikes too, don't have one at the current time though. My old one was just too small, 24", worked me to death to ride it, so I have to make my old Raleigh 3 speed suffice for now. It's older than you are! And still works perfect. I don't have an actual age, but it looks to be early to mid 60's.

I don't have any other good links right now, but a help forum for Ford trucks is at Ford Trucks (http://www.ford-trucks.com) Do a bit of searching on the Net and I'm sure you'll find more. I only found that one by accident, trying to locate parts for a 5 speed manual transmission for a 1989 Aerostar minivan, and they seem to be nonexistent. If the link isn't right try a search through Dogpile, Google, Excite, Yahoo etc. They're out there, just have to look a bit. But don't bother with the Microsoft site, it's really slow and doesn't list a thing about cars http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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teknicat
10-31-2000, 08:38 PM
hiya:
Mi name is vivian and im a 19 year old network technician. i was introduced quite early into computers as my dad is a Network Manager.
at the moment i work for a college but im thinking of spanding my horizons
and go ask for a job at CISCO as a trainee to learn more about routers and DSL devices (if thats the right word!)

Charles Kozierok
10-31-2000, 10:21 PM
Hey, all you new members!
Just want to say howdy ad welcome to the forums. I enjoyed reading your stories and am glad to have you here.
And JerkyMom, thanks for explaining your handle, which at first blush is a little, uh, strange. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif I kept thinking either your kids thought you were a jerk, or you were great at preserving meat. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Webslave, The PC Guide (http://www.PCGuide.com)
Comprehensive PC Reference, Troubleshooting, Optimization and Buyer's Guides...
Note: Please reply to my forum postings here on the forums. Thanks.

will729
11-01-2000, 12:09 AM
wow lots o' people, too many to read right now, anyways im 16 and a junior in high school, and basically I'm a newbie to computer hardware I've done alot of research on it though because I was going to build my own PC but that idea got shot down. I know HTML, basic javascript, basic C++, and basic M.A.D (basic means i know some stuff about them, they're not new programing languages, well I guess M.A.D is http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif). I got into computers when i was around 6 with a game called heros quest now known as Quest For Glory, it's a series of 5 games now and they are all great. I got into programing last summer because I wanted to make games like the QFG series and found out about an online project already existing called hero6 which is being programed using M.A.D hence why I'm learning it http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif http://visitors.hero6.com is the visitor site for hero6 or if that doen't work the forums are at http://www.govirtualworld.com/hero6/cgi-bin/visitor-forums/forum.cgi (sorry for the plug) anyways ever since i got my first comp i've been looking around in them and trying to find out how they worked but never learned anything untill this year http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif that's basically my PC life (no offense but i don't tell much about my personel life on message boards to people I' don't know)

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Jerkymom
11-01-2000, 04:21 AM
Charles: ROTFLOL!!! I never gave that second one a thought, but now every time I see my handle on a post I sit here giggling like a maniac! Thanks for the chuckles... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

Kim

the diff
11-01-2000, 11:56 PM
Self-starter with computers about 20 years. Friend of mine had an extra TRS-80 he loaned me. Taught myself BASIC, moved into Pascal when I purchased an Apple IIGS and later a MAC. Was pretty involved, almost to the point of a divorce(ouch), and made the wise move to cut back my time with these machines.

Now, at age 50, the kids are gone, have more free time, can retire in 3 years, and just returned to college (Have a MS degree) to get back up to speed. Really like the intellectual challenge and finding I can't get enough, but overwhelmed with how much there is to learn. Hmm, took a look at a study book for the A+ Certification and about fainted (-:

Taking this return to college road to narrow down a specific area I'll move into with computers. Have some opportunities to get some hands-on experience via 1-day per week developmental job assignement with our IT section. Just picked up a book and teaching myself Visual Basic.

Came across this site as a result of a paper (on hard drives) for the hardware fundamentals classes. Great learning environment! You'll see a lot of questions from me in a variety of areas.

Glad to be here!



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Ghel
11-02-2000, 01:09 PM
Hello all! My name is Gary and I have been playing with computers for some time. My first system was a Delta Gold with 2 5.25 floppy drives, 512k of ram, a monochrome monitor, and little else. Woo hoo! Ode to the days of Dos disks. At one point I had upgraded it to a 4 color CGA monitor and (about) a sizzling 712k ram. That was one of the last time I installed individual memory CHIPS. I could play those high end games like "Double Dragon" and "The Bard's Tale." I used dial-up BBS's and download text files in only minutes! Oh yeah, we were cooking.
Later came a Gateway which was a vast improvement, and finally I now have a Compaq with all the bells and whistles (well most anyway, there's always something fun and new for which to long wistfully).
Most of my computer learning was from my brother-in-law who was a consultant at that time and through trial and error. After the trial and error, my brother-in-law would generally come show me how to repair my damage. Eventually, I could fix my systems almost as efficiently as I could cause them to cease all signs of normal operation . . . almost.
Anyway, now I am in a large Tech distribution company engaging in a living EM Radiation experiment (aka I sit in front of a huge monitor all day). I am hoping that the radiation will do to me what Gamma Rays did for David Banner, but so far I am out of luck.

griffinspc
11-06-2000, 02:35 PM
Hi, as you may have guessed my name is Griffin. I started with PC's a few years ago and found myself more and more interested in working things out for myself. I was, and still am, only able to afford modest boxes but the real fun for me is to study what's out there and add periphials when I can afford it. I don't think I'd like this as a hobby nearly as much if I could lay down 6 grand on the newest and best. It would leave me nothing to do. Of course if someone wants to send me one let me know. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

My latest adventure was setting up a network for my 2 machines and my wifes at home. Works great and was fun to work out the kinks. I also like to try new freeware and some shareware. Although I have MS Office and the usual stuff some of the best software out there is from little guys/gals doing it for fun and sometimes a little profit.

My biggest computer gripe is when I read so called experts who claim computing ought to be as easy as flipping on a light switch. No brains, just compute. I guess I think learning is something valuable and those of us who do it for fun don't need a degree just enough smarts to screw up.

I built my wife a simple web site where I'm pulling my GIF signature from and that was "fun" too. I see I've used the word fun a lot but to me something I invest this much time and money into ought to be.
http://home.att.net/~candacespc/cool3.gif

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Pee-Wee
11-10-2000, 10:00 PM
Hey all. My name is Brooke, and I'm 20 years old. It's good to find a site where newbie's are actually welcomed, and not just treated like idiots. I'm currently working full-time at an abbatoirs (please, no hassles from vegetarians *lol*), and working part-time installing and repairing PC's out of my home.
My Dad pushed me into computers, and I must admit, I was somewhat reluctant... I think it was a teen rebellion thing. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif Anyway, after a little bit, I found out that I actually enjoy working with computers... funny that. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I still have a long way to go, but I'm going to stick in there. And these discussion boards are going to be a major part of that, I'm betting. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

jcift
11-11-2000, 03:42 PM
Hi all,

First of all, I am glad to have been turned on to this forum. This is kind of like an escape for me from the real world. My name is Jarrod and I am 32 years old. I have to tell you, I never thought that I would be in the computer field a few years ago because I always thought that you had to have computer science degrees to actually be successsful in the computer field. I have always had a love for computers, starting at a young age, but figured that since I found that I did not like programming, I would have to find another line of work. I have a degree in communications, and figured that I would pick up a job as a sprts analyst, or something of the sort, since I didn't have the temperament to do what I really wanted to do. Well a few years ago, I friend asked me to install a printer for him. I am very adventurous, so I said, why not? I followed the instructions carefully, because I didn't know te first thing about installing a printer! I managed to do it successfully, and from that instance, my whole life changed around. I went from trying to increase my typing speed, to wanting to actually wanting to know how the computer itself functioned. Well, that's when I started reading books and other magazines about computers and pc resolving tips. I have become a technology feind!! The only worlds that I know right now are my family, sports (participation, not spectating. I play basketball), technology, and more technology. I try to learn all that I can and this forum has been the next best thing to me since hot grits. I currently work as tech support, and love every minute of my job (of course, there are the disgruntled employees that when they call for help, you can smooth them over with $1,000,000 and they will still be mad at the world).
Even thoughI am A+ certified, not only do I enjoy helping others on this forum for the short time that I have been on it, but I still learn quite a bit from some of you, especially jerkymom and paleo pete. You two in my opinion are great assets to this forum, and I hope that as long as this forum is here, you two will always be here right along with it. On the same token, I hope that I can be of service to some of you all to. But keep in mind, I am still learning, too! I am learning that technology is an ever-evolving process, and I am going to ride it all the way to the end. I am going to start studying for my CCNA soon, hope to have it by the spring. If anyone needs tips on what to know and how to study for the A+ exam, let me know and I will be glad to help you.
Good luck in al of your endeavours. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

crypie
11-19-2000, 11:13 PM
Hi, my name is well crypie, and I work for Dell Technical Support, so yes I am one of those guys you talk to when you call Dell for support, Being that I know alot about Dell computers, I would not insist that anyone buy one, I would think the best thing to do is goto a local computer shop, and have them build you one of those costly little OEM deals. The 1ghz processor with like 768 megs of ram that you will never use anyway, get you one of those big ole 75gig hard drives that are more prone to crashing then to actually holding 75gigs worth of data, and run that totally awesome Windows ME thing, that has no DOS and is basically a nightmare for someone on the other end of the phone trying to troubleshoot it. Ohh and make sure you get one of those fancy little AOL accounts because they are just like the most ignorant people to ever talk to in real life, "Not the users but the technical support staff!"
Everything with AOL is either a virus, a screwed up part or, your operating system, it is never an AOL problem. Ohh, i've been rambling, well anyway, thats what I think in a nutshell. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif

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Chuck
11-20-2000, 09:08 PM
I am awed by the various life experiences of all the above introductions. I happened to find this site only a couple of days ago and have been trying to read all the previous postings and seeing if I could add my meager knowledge. I should start by saying I retired from the U.S. Air Force after twenty years and went to work for IBM in 1967. The grand and glorious days of the System 360. I worked on hardware (small systems) for the first 10 years and then software the next 10. All of the experience was in the field assisting customers. Up to that point and 11 years after retiring I would not have a computer in the house. In 1998, while in NY visiting my brother-in-law, his computer was not working properly and he requested my assistance. Needless to say the bug bit me and I bought my first PC and was introduced to Windows for the first time. Six months later my second and in four months my third. The second going to the grandchildren who are at age 8 &11 are doing homework on it. Over the years with IBM I was trained on 8 different operation systems and many pieces of hardware, all of which are obsolete today. The terminology is different but a pixel is a pixel and a bit on the hard drive still has the same function. The big difference as I see it is my 4k - 8k -12k -16k main frame has been replaceed with my 192 megabyte ram and the programs no longer are restricted to 64k. I hope to be of assistance, but I read the different bulletin boards to acquire more knowledge. My computers are for installing and uninstalling many programs and changing hardware. A continuation of what I did when working. Oh yes, I am 71 on my next birthday and belong to the RASCALS computer club in Grants Pass, Oregon We have over a 1000 members at present and you can visit our web page at
www.rascals.org (http://www.rascals.org) Hope to be around for a long time. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

BigBlue66
11-25-2000, 11:06 PM
Alrighty Then,

HI ALL. Me name is Big Blue 66, named after the big blue '66 Caddy that my sons and I are restoring. I just bought it this last summer, so haven't made much progress on it. But she is tuned to the max and purrs like a little baby kitty. Anyway, I digress.

I am an accountant by trade. I work for a software firm that specializes in s/w for genetic research. I keep the books. I have been there for over thirteen years.

I first started doing my work on an old CPM computer. Yep, had to load the OS from an eight inch floppy disk. The damn thing wouldn't start half the time without a couple of kicks and a few swear words. Oh, and wiggling all the boards would help, too.

From there I graduated to an IBM 80286 AT. From there to a 486DX/33 and from there to a Pentium, 75mhz running WIN NT. I limped along with the 486 and the Pentium for a few years. My work does not involve too much heavy duty processing so I managed to get by for quite awhile. But, software keeps getting better and so I figured it was time. I now have an HP Vectra, 333mhz, 64meg SDRAM, WIN NT 4.0 and a T1 line for all my net work. I know, I know, the machine is way outdated now, but it works fine for me. That is the machine I have at work. At home, I have an IBM clone, a CTX with an AMD K6 200mhz w/MMX, 64megs EDO ram, WIN 98SE, etc. This is the machine I have been trying to tweak as of late. I have been somewhat limited by my mobo/chipset combo, so the next step is to buy a new mobo with a nice fast cpu.

I got into computers because I had to do my work on them. Everything I have learned, I have learned by doing. I'm not afraid to tear into an old car to make it better or to look like new, so I figured, why not computers? I have learned a lot, but I know there is much more to learn. Unfortunately, I only have just so much time to tinker.

I am an old duffer (46yrs) and I am just now graduating a four-year college with a BA in accounting. I received an Associates Degree in Applied Science with an accounting major back in 1987. Two months after I graduated, I landed the job I have now.

I plan to start the Becker/Conviser CPA exam review course in Jan and be fresh out of that to sit for the CPA exam next May. After that, I plan to take a half-year off before I start working on my Masters degree.

Whewie, I have such big plans, don't I? Hope I have enough energy to do all that.

Anyhoo, sure glad I found this forum. I have learned a lot and I hope I have helped at least one person. I am somewhat hesitant oftentimes to add my two cents worth, 'cause there are a whole bunch of you that have a couple of dollars worth to offer, so most of the time, I just sit back, read and learn.

Cheers.

Big Blue 66

xor_chad
11-26-2000, 12:59 AM
Hey. I am so embarassed to tell my spill. You guys have been in it from the get go.

I, unfortunately, did start with an 8086 that i used exclusively to play Dig-Dug and Moon Patrol on...oh yeah it made a great Headquarters when we played War. Some reason or another i decided computers we for lamers who couldnt get their hands on an Atari. So i spent the next 10 years oblivious to the computer revolution that was happening right around me.

In '94 I decided I was going to put an end to my rough life and start settling down else i was going to end up in jail or an institution. So i locked my self away in my room, isolated from my friends. I was a College Freshman and at this time i had seen computers do cool things...like print counterfit money.

My father had a laptop from work so i decided to try to access the schools Internet service. This was a 486 runing 3.11 and i had not used a computer in 10 years. We had to Slip into a connection using the nafarious Trumpet Winsock! After harassing ever compter geek in the school i finally got connected and was up on a terminal emulator. WooHoo! Was the the Internet that was becomming the new buzz word? I guy i met wouldnt shut up about these things called MUDs so i decided to find one. I finally found one that wasnt to stereotypical geekish and made my home. There i was shown how to program for the MUD itself, which was very similar to C. I instantly fell in LOVE with computers and programming. I spent months and months on this MUD learning and talking to fellow geeks. Finally I went out and bought Netscape 1 on 2 Floppies and left my ascii world behind.

From there i got a job doing Intermet Support and found out just how stupid i was first day when these guys were speaking things that went right over my head. I went home so embarassed that i made my goal to NEVER look stupid again. That point on i have constantly had my nose in the book or finding jobs that give me new experience.

Currently i am finishing up my CS degree and am working as a Computer Specialist for Bellsouth here in Birmingham. Thats my life. Later...

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mjc
11-27-2000, 03:08 AM
Okay here goes!

I first got started an Apple II (not + or e) and trash(ooops TRS)80s in school. Ended up playing with the computer not the software. Studied electronics engineering for a couple of years. Then almost double (triple)majored in EE/CS and Mathematics (differential equations and LaPlace transforms and such were just getting to be to much) then switched to communications. Did live sound and worked in a recording studio (Pete you reading? We just started using a main board that was computer controlled (exact cross fades and such)). I had to stay current on computers the or I couldn't record any music! I had a friend in college who did the most remarkable things with his Apple II (a hard drive on a IIe). So I was hooked for a while. Then after graduation and matrimony I didn't eveen think about computers for a long while (about six years). Then after starting my own woodworking business I needed one to do my taxes, so I bought a used 386 machine and used it until about Feb of 2000 (Tax time again and my old machine just couldn't run the new software) I can't really update the 386 much (soldered cpu -- seen some plug-in update cards but why bother.) Bought a HP and found out that I had just bought a 'Vette (ya know LOTS of tinkering to keep it running great.) Probably could have saved alot of grief had I been happy with just what came installed on the machine to begin with but I want more (CDRW, better video card better sound card....) So I'm just trying to get back up to speed.

Mike

icjazzy
11-28-2000, 09:38 AM
Hi all,
My first computer experence was back in the days of the Sinclair ZX81. It's come on a bit since then which sometimes it a bit of a shame because I understood Basic and could write my own programmes - back in the old days. It's all got a bit too complicated now.
Anyway, two years ago I got roped into sorting out the IT stuff at work. We're only a one-computer company so anything that goes wrong I have to sort out. So I'm really glad to be joining you guys; computer thing's get a bit beyond me sometimes.
With this extra resposibility I have recently developed this love/hate relationship with my computer: I love it as it's a really helpful tool; I hate it when it decides to stop helping, all by itself, with no warnings, it gets really awkward. (Does this sound familiar to anyone?)

Thank's for the welcome mat. As a newbie, some sites are really intimidating, but not here. Thanks http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

dv8
12-13-2000, 09:22 PM
Hello to one and all http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
I'm a 41-year-old newly-single mother of 3 (15, 18, 21). I started out as a nurse, then went on to private investigation. Now I'm studying to do something that I love - working with computers. I'm a full time computer programmer/analyst student in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I stumbled across this site while in class last week, and it's become my teacher, tutor, etc, etc, etc .... don't know what I did without it!
Thanks to everyone responsible for building and operating this site

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markjj
12-14-2000, 05:37 PM
Respect to you all above (and below).

In view of the wealth of experience and knowledge in this forum I did think of making up my background with computers but the truth is funnier so here goes.

Started getting involved around 1986 when I got my first job. Bought a ZX Spectrum with integral tape player and 40+ games. I think that's what sold it for me. BASIC language was previously limited to BTEC National Diploma standard (sorry to you ladies & gents outside UK, I cannot think of a comparable qualification except to say that it was, at least in the mid '80's, considered one down from a Uni. degree). Armed with this knowledge my college mates and I would frequently visit high street electrical retailers and program the computers with "10 PRINT GO TO ANOTHER SHOP FOR CHEAPER DEALS", 20 GO TO 10". Oh how we used to keep fit escaping from the security guys! You will appreciate that I cannot repeat the exact expletives we used to put up on the screens.

Anyway, ladies and beer preoccupied me for the next 12 years before chosing a system primarily with work in mind (I am a Claims Investigator for a major UK Insurer). Typists were getting me down and I felt it the right time to type my own reports rather than talk into a little machine and then wait 2 - 3 weeks for a hard copy.
My naturally inquisitive nature led me to taking the lid off my first machine - PII 300 - to upgrade the RAM. I had no idea what type I needed so I armed myself with a 6 inch by 4 inch photograph of the board in true macro style and went shopping. Surprisingly all the retailers were able to identify the type of RAM I needed, except for, you guessed it, the shop who sold me the machine in the first place. I mention no names for fear of libel reprisals.

I have recently completed my 4th home built system - an AMD T Bird 1Ghz with 128 mb RAM and, my pride and joy, an ATI Radeon 64 mb DDR RAM AGP Card. Try selling me a games console now.
But the upgrading etc. has not always been a smooth ride as you will all know from your own experiences. I have to thank all contributors within PCGUIDE.COM for the excellent advice I have received over the last few months (Paleo Pete please take a bow in particular).
My intention now is to offer rather than ask for advice more on the technical forums where I am qualified to do so.
Now then, how do I gain promotion from Novice Geek?
Best wishes to you all out there.
Mark.

Paleo Pete
12-15-2000, 08:54 AM
OK, you're promoted...you're now an apprentice geek http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

That was very funny, I would love to have seen the looks on some of the proprietors' faces...I bet if someone tried they could set up a notepad file to open on a win98 machine on boot up with a similar message...oops, forget I said that...hehe

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markjj
12-15-2000, 09:34 AM
Cheers for the promotion Pete, and a nice little tip for Win with Notepad. They do say recreate your youth when possible so guess which retailers I'll be visiting this weekend. Now I know why they password protect all PC's on display these days.
Mark.

FX
01-11-2001, 06:52 PM
Just checking in, just joined. Always looking for people who know computers and like sharing info.

No time online right now but wanted to say hey, whats happening?

Long time computer user, currently learning NT server and putting up streaming video in multiple formats, as well as interactive dhtml crap.

I love/hate comouters and the Net.

Call me an addict.

later

ohjeezcrashedagain
01-14-2001, 01:27 PM
I suppose this is the best thread for my first post here! Hello! I have recently moved into networking as a hardware specialist, having been a remedial computer trainer for my Library system. "Baptism by Fire" has been given a whole new meaning: I have hardly any idea what I'm doing in the systems room. My department manager is a genius and I'm following her around like a puppy and reading every reference book I can get. I may not post much here except when I need advice. OK, I may ending up posting here quite often! Thanks for this forum.

blazer2boy
01-15-2001, 04:03 PM
Hi everyone my name is Brad.

I have been interested in computers since the ATARI came out it was
my first experence using computers.

Now I build computer out of my house. Still need help every so often. So this forum is great for any problems or questions one might have. I'm 42 year young and have passed the Microsoft Networking Essentials class. I currently work at a Training Facility for a Consulting/Accounting Company.

Thanks to all of you who have placed posts on this forum!!

Brad

amos_ng
01-19-2001, 03:47 PM
Hi Guyz,

I've learnt some basic C programming in school, but I want to learn a new language.
Should it be Visual Basic or Visual C++ ?

Please advise.


Thanks
amos_ng@hotmail.com

crussty
02-19-2001, 02:38 PM
Hi all. I am new to this forum and can definitely say, this is the best forum I have ever seen. I searched for months for a good forum while I was having some PC problems, and I just happened to stumble accross this one after I had solved them. Irony.
Anyway, I started in computers with my familys first Commodore 64. I am still looking for games that are compatible with the PC. I then progressed when I split the cost of a brand new 386, which was THE PC at the time. It is now in the garbage. My brother taught me the basics of DOS and I later learned how to move my way around Windows 3.1,95,98, and now, ME. I hat Windows, but I am not about to start leaning a new system yet. I have limited PC building experience from trial and error with an old system I have sold to my brother in-law, once I got it working again. I took it apart and re-built it from the new motherboard up. That being said, I do not claim to be a guru, but I now know a few things about how to fix annoyances in Windows. My goal is to eventually become Microsoft certified and do some IT support work. We'll see how it goes.
I am 25 years old, married, with my first child to be borne on Sept. 07.


Life is good,

Jay


p.s.: PaleoPete, I like your attitude towards life in general. You seem to be a very likeable person and I enjoy reading your answers. It's nice to know some people in this world respect others.


oh, by the way, how do you get more of those cool icons and upgrade your title under your name?

[This message has been edited by crussty (edited 02-19-2001).]

bassman
02-19-2001, 04:23 PM
Well I just spent the last hour enjoying all these stories. I myself am a newbie to the site and to computers. I am 38 years old, married, 3 boys, live in northern California. I have been in construction for 25 years and recently suffered an injury that most likely brings that career to an end so I am looking into computers even further. I got realy into puters a few years back with a Packerd Bell Cyrex 133 (UGGG) After 10 days in a row at the front door at opening time of a large retailer I new that I had to learn how this stuff worked. I have since learned A LOT about computers and I am reminded every day how much there is to learn. This site is so damn addictive I almost can't stand myself. With a lot of great advice I was able to win my latest battle, an older Compaq P100. At 11:00 at night I ran into the bedroom yelling "I WON I WON". I can't tell you what she said. Any way, glad to be here and greatful for all the help. I plan on being a part of this for a while.

Hey Charles, any way to incorporate a banner to tell people to please let us know if the ideas worked? I know most do but there are some things I was following and got no finality. Thanks....Frank




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WarHog
02-20-2001, 08:21 PM
Hi,
My name is David, I go by the name of WarHog because I use to be an online gamer and this was the name given to me by some of the players in my Clan. I no longer play games online due to real life priorities.
I'am 46 years young and started getting involved with computers about 1 years ago. I went out of my current job with a back injury and took up this new line of work. I currently work out of my home repairing computers, mainly for friends. I also due warranty work for some of your major computer companies. I volunteered at a place called Computer Corps (http://http://) to get some hands on training. This site, and the people here have really helped me out also. I've taken the A+ exams and have my certifications. I have two children, one in College and the other still at home. I still have a lot to learn has you have might of noticed by some of the questions that I've posted, but thanks for this Site I have managed to get through it.

baoluanle
02-20-2001, 09:40 PM
Hello everyone,
Into five weeks of Peace Corps Pre-Service Training after arriving in Vanuatu, they (yes, they) made me the head computer geek teaching computer studies at an HS, Malapoa College, in this tiny country down in the South Pacific. "How was that possible? Is it because I brought a labtop and a digital camera?" , I asked myself. (well, some other volunteers do have laptops and digital cameras, but they don't really know how to use them; most of us, Peace Corps volunteers are just in a different crowd). My limited experience with computers has only been through typing up papers. putting on and taking off things (things, I don't even know what you call'em, RAM's, PCI cards, perhaps!), installing and uninstalling softwares and a little bit of C++ in college.
I just graduated from UTD (it's pretty close to plano, where dale's from) with a BS degree in physics and a BS in applied mathematics last May and joined Peace Corps in October (2000). And now, here I am, in Vanuatu serving my two years of Peace Corps service teaching electronics and computer studies to 11 and 12 graders at Malapoa College. After I accepted my assignment, I've been on high gear doing research and studying more of this computer stuff on the net! I found myself here asking for help while I was doing some research for a little problem that I had defragmenting my labtop's C drive. Then, I knew that I would be coming here regularly for help and technical supports since I'll be deading with computers for the next two years! This forum has been very helpful and educational for me personally! And I like to say, "Thanks in advance to all of your future-to-be responses!!!"
Cheers,
Bao-Luan Le

Neovox
02-22-2001, 12:31 AM
Hi all just thought I'd say Hello. I'm a A+ instructor here in the Detroit area. I've been a long-time user of the PC Guide but only a recent user of the discussion section of the site. I recomend PC Guide to all of my students. Many kudos to all who make this site possible it is wonderful.

Technochic
03-05-2001, 12:34 PM
Hullo. I like this thread... it's always nice to get to know the people you talk to. My name is Jana and I live/work in the Bay Area of No. Cal. My background with computers started a long time ago when we had some classes in grade school on Apple IIs and I learned how to program in BASIC. Had a few other similar classes here and there throughout the years, but never really was too into computers... but was always the one who was more likely to play with a new machine to learn it rather than read the manual. I really got into computers a few years ago when I was picking up overtime by helping the tech-guy at an office I was temping at. I kept asking so many questions that he ended up showing me everything and I helped with beta-testing a new system, etc. I ended up the only person who worked on the system (and even knew the system at all) so I was promoted to the MIS dept as a trainer and documentation writer. Since then I have struggled to teach myself everything I can about PCs and how they work... as I was hooked!! I do tech support full time and end up the person all my friends ask for advice when their PCs don't work right. In my spare time I am also teaching myself C/C++, HTML, Javascripting and am planning to go for Certifications. What can I say... I'm proud to be a geek (though most people tell me that I don't look like one - but what is that supposed to mean?!?!) I also taught both my Father (a civil engineer who hates using calcuators) how to work a PC and bought my Mother a WebTV setup (even though she can't program the time on the VCR and ATMs make her nervous) so she can e-mail people. I have really enojyed this site (I have belonged to a few others and don't like the condecending attitude most people on them can have) and recommend it to everyone I know!
Thanks to all for your wisdom, wit and cheer! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Paleo Pete
03-06-2001, 09:33 AM
Well, who was it ReddDogg that started this topic? Can't remember...but it's been a good one...

Welcome to the forums Neovox, Technochic and...whoever that other one was http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Where's my cap, it's leaking out again!!

One comment made was about the attitudes here. I think we have a great group of folks, I probably have the easiest moderator's job on the net. It's so rare that I have to correct any of the regulars I'm amazed. Usually I just scroll up and check the time then tell them to get some sleep...

I left one of the other forums similar to this one for reasons close to that. I just felt that it was better to avoid treating people as if they were dummies, or acting as if you know it all. I also felt I was more useful here, and after being appointed moderator tried my best to run the forums more by example than by any show of authority.

Guess it worked, I think we have the best people on the net here, they do a great job, and I think you'll enjoy the time you spend here. Just watch for BB66 he likes to let his sense of humor run amok from time to time. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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BigBlue66
03-06-2001, 11:48 AM
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