View Full Version : Internet absolute basics - a little of topic but...

04-28-2003, 02:03 AM
Iíve been charged with the unholy quest of teaching my boss how to use the internet <shudder>; a technophobe with the attention span of a hyperactive six year old. Does anyone know of a good, clear introduction to the internet (and computers in general, I suppose) with the absolute basics clearly and logically listed. Stuff like how a drop down menu works, why pages donít sometimes load, when the cursor turns to a hand, you can click it, and even how a scroll bar works.


04-28-2003, 02:08 AM
Are you wanting tutorials on how the Internet works or how the World Wide Web works? They are not one in the same. The Internet is a network that the WWW rides along.

From your description it sounds like you want tutorials on the WWW and web browsers and not the Internet.

04-28-2003, 03:40 AM
The web at the moment I suppose. Email too, although email clients are kind of half way between the web and a standard application really. I'm sort of after a checklist of things that are so obvious to even casual users that they would get overlooked as even a potential stumbling block.

04-28-2003, 04:09 AM




04-28-2003, 12:30 PM
Not being funny, but... if your boss doesn't know how to use basic interface devices like a scrollbar or link, then they're going to have serious problems using website-based tutorials or articles (at least any over a page long or that contain links to 'how links work' :)). A book might be a better prospect in this case?

04-28-2003, 06:57 PM
Its a funny thing this Internet stuff. My Dad is in his seventies but with a very active mind. he used to be well up in a specific profession and was used to reading.

When he retired, he bought a Dell with all the priphs and set to work - not on the PC but in a book.

No matter how much I (a comparative expert but not really so) or my brother, tried to say that there was online help he just smiled and said that he preferred to read.

Now he isn't into programming or anything but for the (i suppose) bread and butter stuff, like surfing the net, emailing with attachments, using Word/wordperfect Works and all that sort of stuff, he's a whizzz and reminds me of stuff that I forget coz I am using other software so much. Now when I compare that with other elderly folk who are stifled with the arrival of a new washing machine or video player (not to mention DVD), There is hope for your boss yet, even if he does just take to a book. :)

04-29-2003, 05:47 AM
Thanks guys, and Spudhead man I know exactly what you mean. Online tutorials are a bit beyond him at this early stage. I sort of need it as a guide for me to move the knowledge on to him, as succinctly as possible. I suppose Iíll have to buy a book. One with big words and lots of pictures <sigh>.