Lets face it.  The inside of the computer was everything intimidating to me. Most of my adult life I have never even been curious. Keep in mind that everything I am writing at this point is through the eyes of this beginner.  Some things can  (and hopefully will)  change.

In my world of fixing computers it’s all new.   Starting with much of  the terminology which appears to be  cleverly made up of acronyms‘, the components inside a computer that resemble a jigsaw puzzle, endless choices  of available software, diagnostics which is still part of a very hazy dream sequence that I haven’t entered yet,  the PC Assembly language number system which is a mystery all its own and the computer forum where in the beginning everyone seemed to know their way around but me.  I have forced myself  to hang in there when almost every post I would read seemed to boggle my mind.  And the rants in my head were saying “what are you doing here.  You are totally out of your league girl”( thank God the rants have subsided and are now pretty much only whispers.)

Beginners, entering the computer world of being your own IT is entering a  world of computer acronyms. I have never really been fond of acronyms because they don’t tell me anything.  However, get use to it because they are here to stay and for Pete’s sake you are just expected to know.  Why are you expected to know? I don’t know.  Me, I end up looking up the meaning of every stinking one of them (pardon my language).  But pretty much the other computer language is in ACRONYMS.  Occasionally, some kind soul will spell it out for you, but don’t get use to it.  However, I concede, once you do know them they are good short cuts.  There is also PC Assembly Language (oh my gosh I bought a book) for which I don’t see me ever being ready.

Components I personally refer to as the “exact” area. Software and diagnostics I refer to as the “gray” area which will take some explaining later.

After buying the  Computer Repair Vids from BE YOUR OWN IT and the tool kit (because I never do things in a small way) the most logical course of action was  registering with the computer forum. You will find my posts under, what else, Iowa Mrs.

The forum seemed to me to be pretty much a man’s world. I know that is not entirely true but it was from the gentlemen that I  received 98% of the help. Not to say there is anything wrong with that.  When it came to needing their help,  I was never treated  like an outsider who  didn’t know anything (which is the way I felt much of the time).  Nor at anytime did I feel that my apparent  stupid questions were not allowed.   I found in the forum various levels of knowledge and experience.   I also helped establish a section specific to beginners like myself.  I found the forum to be a “community” of people striving to understand many of the  same things at different levels.  It was a must for this beginner.

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If someone had told me even a year ago I would be learning to fix computers and blogging about it I would have said “you don’t know me”. I use computers. I don’t fix them. I seldom read blog’s. I don’t have a Facebook account. I only have a cell phone and don’t text. Not sure what twitter is. Yep!! That’s me. But here I am for what it’s worth.

It all started back in January 2010. Invited a computer tech to my home for the sole purpose of fixing an annoying prompt (you have 30 days to renew, you have 15 days to renew, you have 1 day to renew, your security subscription has expired renew now) from my past Security program that wouldn’t go away. He came out. He got rid of it and added free antivirus and malware talked me into getting an online backup service and recommended more ram (memory) to make it go faster. I said sure and ordered the ram. He said to call him and it would take him 5 minutes to install.

And here is where it all started. The additional ram came in the mail but I couldn’t connect with the tech to get it installed. Then I thought “how hard can this be if it is going to take him 5 minutes“. Somewhere I had heard you could jump on YouTube and google “replace computer ram” and it would provide a video from someone somewhere who would show me how it is done. So I did. And I did (added the ram that is) but the computer stopped working.  Now let me back up a little. I can’t tell you how enormously intimidating it was for me to open the tower of my desktop computer, venture inside, look for the current ram based on the video instruction and add the new ram.  And then to have it not work what could I have been thinking. So then I decided I must need a new computer, mine was about 6 years old. So I went and bought a new computer.

I am not sure when it happened but I couldn’t get the instruction video out of my mind. But beyond that what stayed with me was the originators of that video BE YOUR OWN IT. Now, you have to admit a name like that is pretty enticing. It was for me. I began to think that maybe, just maybe I could learn to fix computers. And my journey started.

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