Who taught you how to use a computer? or did you take computer classes in school?

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Maurice Korvo Profile
Maurice Korvo answered

Had to teach myself. Bought a computer, then had to buy a book on the computer language "Basic" and learned to write my own programs.  (with only 256k of memory, and using floppy discs, they were not very big programs)  Although I admit in the 1960's I did work with a mainframe and was able to make it add and print LOL

Rooster Cogburn Profile
Rooster Cogburn , Rooster Cogburn, answered

I actually first learned in the 80's when estimating vehicle damages all went from hand written to computer printouts. Took a while to get the hang of it but boy, did it ever help make things faster not hand writing them and looking up prices and labor in a book and using a calculator to add up all the costs ! Much easier to send the bills to the insurance companies. Made my job much easier !

Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I bought a computer and just dived in.

Skip  Gentry Profile
Skip Gentry answered

I just got my first computer this past Christmas. I'm on it every day trying to figure it out. I have a long way to go before I actually learn it.

Woof Woofy Profile
Woof Woofy answered

the elementry school i went to  had comptuers when i started grade 1 in the 90's. However, i use to play reader rabbit when i started pre-school. plus, We had to use computers for projects and what not so i guess i've kind've always known since i was raised on the borderline of when computers first became popular.

i didn't get my first comptuer until i was 16.

Levi F. Profile
Levi F. answered

My dad first taught me to use a computer when I was as young as 3. When I got to school, I learned more skills including how to touch-type. Now I consider myself to be fairly tech-savvy.

Natalie Holeman Profile
Natalie Holeman answered

1972, my freshman chemistry instructor required us to write a Fortran program to convert degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius.  I think it was about 20 cards for the complete job stream. 

My first real learning to use computers was a super calculator owned by the science department.  It could hold a program up to I think 500 steps where each key pressed counted even if you were entering a number (2.54 counted as 4 steps).  It had maybe 100 different built in functions like square root, least squares, regression, chi square test, sine, cosine, hyperbolic, ...

My final knowledge came when I read a book called Basic BASIC and started writing code.  I spent the next 30+ years writing every type of code I can think of except compilers/assemblers and full operating systems (I did write parts).

Anna Levi Profile
Anna Levi answered

I had Computing lessons in primary school, where I learned the basics. Then in secondary school I was given my own laptop, and I learned more advanced stuff by myself and in ICT lessons, and then more advanced stuff again at A Level :)

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

I did some minor programming on an IBM 360 in college.

When personal computers first came out, I was trying to decide on how to redact and store a lot of information.  Given the limits of the first personal computers, I opted for a copier instead (easier to cut and past---literally.)

My wife taught me back in windows 3.1 and I've kept up with what I need.

A computer and a car are similar for me.

First I learned how to drive and then I decided to learn how the engine worked.

I know how to use a computer, but I couldn't possibly diagnose and fix it beyond a simple change of spark plugs.

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