When I got my first computer, a Gateway, I knew NOTHING about computers.
One time I got a message, "This program has performed an illegal operation", and I swear I expected to hear sirens coming up my driveway, and cops with handcuffs waiting to take me away.
I'd had that first computer a week or so, and skipped one night of attending the revival that was going on at Church to surf the 'Net: A message popped up on my screen that said, "Aren't you supposed to be in Church tonight?"
I thought God was talking to me on my computer! Turns out it was my very first instant message, from my daughter-in-law at the time, Kat.
That's how stupid I was.
My son, who was in the Army then, came for a visit and showed me "Windows Explorer" and taught me how to click and drag. Amazing!
I found the now-defunct Christian Senior chat room on AOL, and made many friends with whom I still keep in touch. There was a Virginia man there who had made it his life's goal to know everything there was to know about the workings of AOL, and computers in general. His screen name was Havok. He patiently answered all the computer questions so many of us "newbies" had. I don't know what I'd have done without him.
There was another man who frequented that chat room, a Baptist preacher with the most wonderful sense of humor. His screen name was WESTBILT. He taught several of us dummies how to defrag our computers and get rid of cookies. WEST passed away some years ago, but he'll live in my memory forever.
There's my friend Sue, in Virginia. She's the one who first introduced me to Google, and so very many helpful websites that I still use.
Even now, there's a message board where I can go with any computer question, and get an answer. It's run by some computer techies who know their stuff. I've seen them devote eight or ten pages of replies to help someone who's having computer problems. Free. Just because they want to help.
I've been having a problem viewing movies I take on my digital camera. The movies run just fine on the camera, but I'd take them to Windows Movie Maker and they'd totally mess up. I was afraid I had something wrong with my computer. So I e-mailed Nancy, an Internet (and real-life) friend in California who has a camera just like mine. She's a whiz with computer stuff: If I want an MP3 song turned into a WAV, she knows how to do it.
I had been complicating something that was actually very simple. Nance told me what to do, I did it, and I saw my little movie.
To every Internet friend who has helped me get this far, I just want to say, "Thanks!"
I get by with a little help from my friends.