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Old 07-19-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there's any software that will teach me more about computers. I am more of an advanced computer user looking for a challenge
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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What do you want to know about them? Whole university courses, even masters and PhD's can't teach you everything about computers in general, it's a HUGE topic. If you're more specific (web technologies? programming? really low level stuff?) then chances are me or someone else here can point you to some good resources
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hacking simulations like at hackthissite.org give you challenges on multiple types of scripting and all kinds of diff computer software
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:23 PM   #4
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What do you want to know about them? Whole university courses, even masters and PhD's can't teach you everything about computers in general, it's a HUGE topic. If you're more specific (web technologies? programming? really low level stuff?) then chances are me or someone else here can point you to some good resources
computer programming, troubleshooting and computer technian simulators

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Old 07-19-2009, 05:37 PM   #5
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If you're interested in learning Java, then I'd highly recommend http://www.bluej.org/objects-first/ or http://www.greenfoot.org/book/ - the latter isn't out yet but either one would give you a good introduction to Java and OO programming in general. Greenfoot is especially fun to start off with From then on the sky is really the limit as to how programming goes!

As for troubleshooting / technician duties then there's various courses you could go on, or if you're not worried about official certification then just hanging around here and looking at common problems that come up and how they're solved would get you some experience. I'd also do some reading up on the different components within a system if you haven't already, common failure points, how they fit together, what they do - that sort of thing. There's a number of good books around for that as well, and some good guides on the internet (but as always, don't always take what's said as the truth unless you're 100% sure it's from a trusted source.)

My advice would be to pick up a good book or 2 on a subject or 2 that you're interested in. That way you've got a reliable source of information, and if you're not sure about anything you can always ask here
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I agree with berry120's suggestions. If you want more information on the troubleshooting and technician aspects of things, you could read up on the A+ course material and any lessons dedicated to that.
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i heard about this progam called alice. its developed by carnegie mellon. it teaches you about virtual programming, games, etc. and stuff. havent tried it myself but it looked good.

http://www.alice.org/
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If you are gonna get into programing I recomend you get any version of Linux (I recomend Ubuntu tho) because Linux is a open source OS which means you can program with it and play around with it a lot and try out those programing stuff.
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