I'm not being unintentionally duplicative by either posting two separate successive posts nor in re-quoting a part of the same post I quoted previously. I felt this needed to be addressed separately.BoDill wrote: ⤴Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:09 pmIn actuality, I found and read a few things and still am not real sure I get it. As I said above, I am NOT a computer whiz. In looking at other posts, which I do for some time before I post a problem, I have seen other people using the wrong words, so I know that I am not alone.
In any given area of general knowledge, when one attains sufficient exposure (also experience, but exposure is the true prerequisite) one is able to more readily apply inferential deductive reasoning to a "new" topic and draw useful conclusions. It's not a matter, therefore, BoDill, of "being a computer whiz" but simply having sufficiently broad and deep exposure. It's actually a matter of being, in this particular context, a technology enthusiast.
I can only truly speak for myself here, though I suspect there's others on this forum who are much the same, when I say that I am a technology enthusiast. I know lately I've expressed burnout and frustration, and that's still as true now as it was when I wrote the posts lately that I have, but it's not as though my "enthusiast" nature has vanished. I'm also a very odd bird: I've never really had both feet in any one camp. I'm definitely a language arts type person, an academic at heart, and I love technology while also desiring to be precise.
I grew up in the 1980s when there had yet to be established a definitive and dominant computer platform. Because my extended interests were what they were, even when Microsoft was in its ascendancy and attained industry dominance, it was not a significant player in the areas of technology in which I lived or was interested in: namely, multimedia production and graphic design and print (what everyone would eventually come to refer to as "desktop publishing"). Therefore, I have lived long enough in an environment where computer platforms were a choice, and there were always several options. As a consequence, I never fell into the trap of thinking "there is only Microsoft".
I mention all of this to say: exposure is the single biggest net positive you can do for yourself if you really want to understand something, simply because knowledge of the thing is not enough. You must also learn the context in which it exists if you want to have sufficient independence.