You don’t have to know everything to be comfortable with computers. But there is a lot of
information that will help you understand why things are the way they
are… and how disaster can strike!

“Knowledge is power!” So it’s to your advantage to gather all the knowledge
that you can. Besides which, computers are lots of fun – when
they aren’t driving you insane!!!

Computer Hardware

Computer Hardware – Not all computers look like computers!
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What’s in these lessons?

The lessons in this Computer Basics section of Jan’s Illustrated
Computer Literacy 101
Icon: On Site explain a lot of the techno-babble that you hear about computers.
The goal is to learn enough that you can follow along
as computer technology becomes more and more important in our world.

Consider this set of lessons “Beginning Driver’s Ed” for the computer. What might be covered in a Driver’s Education course in high school? How the engine works. Parts of the car. How to turn it on. How to shift gears. Rules of the road. Laws. Proper signaling. Lane changing. Basic maintenance. Changing a flat. Filling up with gas. Some clues on when “You’d better stop the car now!”

The topics covered here will introduce you to a similar set of topics about
computers. When you finish, you’ll be just as prepared to “drive” a computer,
as you were to drive a car when you finished Driver’s Ed. Scary thought, isn’t
it? That clearly means you will need lots of practice with a skilled “driver”
in the passenger’s seat before you can be considered “safe on the road!” But we
can get you started! You’ll understand the basic ideas behind
computers, some of the ills that affect computers, and some of the basic safety
measures to take to keep your computer healthy. You’ll gain some knowledge of
how we got to today’s computers and what lies ahead. It will be great!

The Computer Basics unit does not require you to touch a computer,
except to read the lessons. Other lesson units
guide you in actually using a computer, starting with Working with Windows Icon: On Site.

If you are using this site as part of a class, your instructor may have
you do only certain sections or do them in a different order.

Are you ready? Click on the arrow at the right below to start your first lesson.


Icon: On Site marks a link to a page or file that is part of this site

Icon: Off Site marks a link to a page or file that is NOT part of this site. You must be connected to the Internet to view.

For more detailed lessons on software, try the tutorials on Windows Icon: On Site,the web Icon: On Site, word processing Icon: On Site, spreadsheets Icon: On Site, presentations Icon: On Site, and databases Icon: On Site.

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