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
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 !
I bought a computer and just dived in.
I'm self-taught. I taught myself how to build them too.
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.
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.
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.
i just learned no one taught me.
learned bec of gaming :D
Well being a 90's baby I watched my mom sit on the computer using AOL and by fifth grade I took a typing class.
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).
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 :)
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.