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Just For Starters

By George Craig
web posted June 1, 2015

TECH PROFESSOR All week I've been trying to think of something to write and could not think of anything. It has been a fairly boring week with work. Nothing I've read all week has given me any inspiration. So I decided to go to Best Buy, just look around, and see if I could get some inspiration. I made it in the front door and was looking at some cell phones when I turned around and saw an older gentleman standing just inside the door. He was standing there looking around unsure of where to go or what to do.

At that moment a thought occurred to me, I know, I was surprised too. I realized how overwhelming all of this technology we have today can be to someone who hasn't been in the middle of it the whole time. I realized if you're someone that is new to technology, someone that is just starting to get into it, you may not know where to start. Well let's see if I can help.

1. Start slowly. You don't have to jump in all at once. Take your time.

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask a lot. Its better and safer to ask then think you know and mess something up. Call technical support or ask someone but please ask. You can always Google the question if need be.

3. Start small with a low powered tablet or computer. You don't need state of the art right out the gate. Build up to it slowly. Once you've mastered the small and easy then move up to bigger and better.

4. Take some lessons or a class. Learn as much as you can. As the saying goes " knowledge is power". Hey you can always call me for lessons.

5. Read everything. Don't guess you know what it says. Read it thoroughly from front to back so you can make sure you understand exactly what it is you're doing.

6. Don't take the salesperson's word for it. Remember they're trying to sell you something. Ask a technical person for a second opinion.

7. Be as specific as possible with what you want to do when looking for a device. Being specific will help make sure you get the device and or services you need. You don't always need the most expensive but you may need more than the cheapest.

8. It is OK to explore. Play with it carefully but do play with it. That is one of the best ways to learn about your computer or device.

9. Don't get discouraged if you don't get it right on the first try. Don't tell anyone I said this but I'm one of the best I know with computers and technology but I still get things wrong from time to time. Just keep trying.

So to summarize, go slow, ask lots of questions and don't be afraid. Always remember no matter what happens you can always call me.

Until next week, class dismissed.

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