Computer Tutoring Background (Pt 2)

With the cost of repairs higher than I could afford, a friend suggested I simply rebuild my computer with his help, over the phone.  His confidence in my ability was all I had to go on – and really my only option:  I couldn’t imagine not having a computer, and I couldn’t afford to have a technician repair it for me.

Computer ComponentsTo make a long story shorter, I bought a tower, installed the motherboard, plugged in the CPU, the CD ROM, video & sound cards and the memory.  No one was more surprised than I was when my computer was back up and running in no time.  I re-installed Windows and the other software I needed, and I was good to go.

When my family and friends learned of my new-found abilities to get my computer repaired, they automatically assumed that I could help them with various challenges they were experiencing on their own computers.

Never once did anyone ask me to work with the hardware of their systems; they only ever wanted help figuring out the software and how to use it.


… to be continued in Part 3, here

Computer Tutoring Background (Pt 1)

Being brand new to this whole blogging thing, I figured I’d share how I got started teaching basic computer skills as my first blog post.

Like many people I know, going online in the early ’90s was a very exciting time.  Computer access had been restricted to classrooms and large companies, and when personal computers (PCs) became an option, there was a lot of interest.  Owning a computer was such a new idea that few people in my circle were prepared to buy brand new:  prices were much more expensive back then, and personal experience was limited.  More often than not, owning a PC meant buying a used or rebuilt computer.

computer power supplyOne such system I purchased came from a couple of friends who were pet owners and smokers. Now, you’re likely wondering what either point has to do with basic computer training, but there IS a link to this story…

The nicotine from their smoking habit coated the parts inside my computer, most notably the fan on the power supply.  The dog hair from their pets – which was all over their house – found its way into the computer and stuck to the nicotine-coated fan, gumming up the works and preventing it from cooling the motherboard like it’s supposed to.  The end result was that my entire computer over-heated and crashed; I couldn’t use it anymore!


… to be continued in Part 2, here