I'm almost 25. I have been interested in computers for about 7 years, but have only really been dicking with them for about the last year and a half. I'm not saying I know much, but I will say this: Find a couple of cheap computers, reformat the hard drives, and experiment! Every one may laugh, but I got a starting point from the For Dummies series of books. No ****, a bunch of them give you a copy of the program the book is about. They run you through the simple stuff, have some extra information the average user doesn't need, and then you can get into the stuff that will really bake your noodle!