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    Where You Learned.

    Okay, so everytime I see someone ask a "FAQ" they almost instantly get a response like "google." or something to that effect...

    So my question to you is, where did you learn? from the basics like learning your operating system, and what hardware does what, to the more advanced networking/connecting to remote computers etc...

    I am looking for the places you found your information, how you knew to look there, finding updated information etc...

    just curious how the professionals became the professionals in a world that changes every second of every day!

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    A combination of trial and error and listening to those that knew. That said, I don't favor responding to users asking questions with "google it". That's the purpose of a forum, to ask questions and get answers. As far as coding is concerned, I went to school to learn that.

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    My apologies, that was very stereotypical of me… That is great, how did you find the people that “knew” ?

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    Bigelow's do some useful reference books on troubleshooting. Otherwise just visiting support and specialist forums like AO and reading the questions and responses, and the tutorials.
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    I actually learned a lot from this forum and a few others. I also like to take classes at school. I just finished a computer science degree back in May and learned a lot from that. Google is really a good tool though. I got into client server stuff a while back, and went on a rampage installing different services on my Linux boxes. I could always find tutorials to setup different servers on Google. I've been running a website now for almost 4 years. I think I posted a rant on here a while back about people who respond with Google it. It's not my favorite reply, but it does have its place.

    I wish I weren't so lazy. Then I'd know a lot more. Oh well. Happy learning .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArPaNET
    My apologies, that was very stereotypical of me… That is great, how did you find the people that “knew” ?
    Friends, relatives, forums, etc. The internet in general. If I want to know something, pretty much anything, I plug it into a seach engine and hit enter. Best reference device the world has ever seen. Libraries and encyclopedias are primitive and abridged by comparison.

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    My dad taught me the basics on computer hardware/os's before the time I was 7 and he also tought me basic (programming language) at that point too :-)

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    Trial and error. Or just playing around. I'm always reading. I don't much care for TV and the TV shows that I do like, my girl doesn't want to watch. So, I'll sit back with a book and my laptop, reading various online forums, taking classes in college, etc.

    If someone asks me a question that I don't know, I feel like I have to find out. I've learned that is ok to respond with someone's question with a "I don't know." But, that should be followed up with a "But, I'll find out and get back to you."
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    - trial and error
    - reading, reading, reading
    - using google to find things that weren't necessarily in a book
    - reading and interacting within forums, asking specific questions that weren't easily answered by trial and error, google or books
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    Well, I aint a professional, just a student, and I never met professionals who would be happy to answer my questions, they often go away, troubled my question bombing (actually I bring down their main server ..... brain on to its knees coz I cannot resist questioning when I know that the nect person is able to answer that). Save the professionals on AO, I have been flamed all over!

    And of course I do not see anythig better than trial and error that teaches you things better!
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