January 25th, 2004, 02:44 PM
Into computer madness
Hi there people, i've been reading through the newbie guide and i think i have an o.k. grasp of how to behave in this new place but have only had a computer since november last year so i'm even a computer newb. All i'm going to do here is give you a little info on where i'm at at the moment and then if i can get some good advice from any of you i'll go off again for a while and try and learn some stuff before i next post.
I did RSA 1 wordprocessing, NICAS spreadsheets/databases at courses before i got a computer and was originally just looking for any type of office work.
Then i got a computer.
Now i think i'm looking towards the areas of either programming (which obviously has loads of different routes/areas in itself) or web-design, maybe even domain buying/selling further in the future. So to get straight to the point (hopefully) i got a computer and started trying to learn whatever i thought was best. I've been trying to understand how the registry of the OS i'm on (windows ME) actually works and what different things i need to learn in order to be able to start getting into programming/web-design. It was at this point that i fell into the abyss, got lost and have been at the computer almost every day and night since (2 months plus) trying to learn and get past this horrible computer newbie stage. (Being a forum newbie isn't so bad but being a confused computer newbie just plain hurts as you vets know(!))
My PC doesn't have a good graphics card at all and is running on an AMD M6 (TM-2) processor and i have no money too so that adds a little to my plight aswell lol.
Hmmm, this post has gone on for a while now (yeah i know, over soon) so all i'll say is if you can help, pick anything that you want but don't feel the need to answer questions that are relevant to other forums, i'll just see whats not been answered and take it elsewhere.
I tried to download the Java platform from JavaSun but it stalled at 8%, the Borland 5 compiler wont fully install with the install wizard and i'm confused with what to do with regards to making new paths and putting this and that in to get it to even install so what forum/site do i go to to get a C++ or a Java compiler (Javasun won't install, and have not the first clue why sorry.) that fully installs itself with its own install wizard? And i have not the first clue about hardware.
Finally I'm a big fan of The Matrix and William Gibsons books that i've read so far (Neuromancer, Virtual Light, The Idoru, All Tommorrows Parties) and have been inspired to get into computers even more after reading them, especially the ability of one of the characters in All Tommorrows Parties to see nodal points, that rocked. (so did Case though lol he's one of my idols) How do you think that these fictional works really impacted and changed the worlds of hacker communities, computers in general?
Like i said, i'm just posting this and then i'm gonna get back to learning, it's good to be here and will try my best to refrain from getting under your feet/spamming/flaming etc when i do start posting more, when i got here it was like stepping out of the mad abyss that i've been in lately and finding Nirvana.
P.S. i've downloaded Sygate firewall, AdAware and Avast from links here already so thanks for the help so far.
January 25th, 2004, 11:01 PM
Sorry to double post. I guess i asked too many questions in my last post and looking back it does seem a little too long. Thats fine i'll just lurk for a while and search around for stuff.