Once, Computers were a tool reserved for the very elite. They cost many thousands of dollars, were the size of a room, and required constant care to run properly. To use a Computer you would need to learn about every aspect of how a Computer would work. This fact, in combination with how catastrophic a simple error could be, lead to every Computer being extremely well maintained. Now, the only Computers that are maintained as well as those from our past are those of companies, who pay system administrators to take care of, use, and oversee use of a server…
With the rise of ‘easy computing’ came the rise of the famous, at least in IT, stupid user. Nowadays, anyone from any background can ‘use a Computer’, in fact, many of us spend most of our waking lives using one, be it for social media, gaming, or typing a report. Little ‘previous knowledge’ is required, unlike any other high level tool. Every tractor driver requires basic training, every pianist must learn how to play, and every machinist must learn how to use a milling machine and other tools, all processes which take years to accomplish. However, today we see even 1st graders being brought over to the ‘Computer lab’, and being told to type up essays, with little to no prior knowledge about Computers. The Computer, nowadays, is treated as a basic tool, on par with a pen, or a crowbar, but its internals are more complicated than any other gadget on the planet.
Almost every system in our age is one maintained by a person who is not a Computer expert, which means they are blind to the true power and glory of computing. They would say, “Oh, my Computer is getting slow, time to buy a new one”, or, “Any file that ends with a .txt is a text file”, or, “I need to go download some more ram“, all comments that are blissfully ignorant of the true power and capabilities of a Computer. In order to use any tool effectively, you need to learn the most effective way to use it, and how the tool works ‘under the hood’.
This blog is not for the ‘stupid users‘, nor is it for the ‘wizards‘. It is for those users who are amazed by the technology of the Computer, and willing to put in time, make sacrifices, and fix their own problems, in order to LEARN how a Computer actually works. If these people encounter an error they have never seen before, they will take the time to figure out what has gone wrong, why it went wrong, and the PROPER way to fix it.
Let us go forth, and find out what it REALLY means to check that ‘advanced users only’ box.
-[onion] chesseDISCLAIMER: While it may appear that I know a lot about Computers, I really don’t. I just want to make it easier for people to go through what I struggled through for 4 long years: beginning to learn how to truly use a Computer. My journey is nowhere near complete, but I hope to help the few of you that will stick with me to get started and broaden everyone’s mind about The Computer!