best advice I can think of about computers is to raise children who know more
about them than you do ... so much that they can fix them when they break
Also, remember that a computer
is just a tool. Don't be afraid to try doing different things to it to see
if you can break it. That's how you learn with computers. (Of course, what
you learn may be that you're very sorry you broke it ...)
Also, computers get cheaper all
the time ... but you can't wait until they're cheaper to jump in. Never buy
the newest and greatest technology (at top dollar) ... always wait until it
Don't pay for high-priced consultants
and fancy software application developers. I can guarantee that if you can't
do exactly what you want to do now with off-the-shelf software, or something
you find for free on the internet, wait a few months and you'll be able to.
Plus, there's no substitute for your own good old-fashioned ingenuity.
The internet is a wonderful and
amazing place. Also, a very dangerous place. Never trust someone you met on
the internet. And watch out for pornography and other lies.
Some final tips: Don't invest
in Macs unless you are a fancy graphic designer with money to burn. Don't
invest in CP/M over DOS (I did that back in the late 80s.) Don't buy dedicated
word processing machines costing thousands of dollars (I did that too). Realize
that whatever you buy will be obsolete soon, though you may still be able
to use it for whatever purpose you bought it for.
Remember that Jesus saves. (And
so should you, frequently, if you value what you're working on.) And, for
goodness' sake, learn how to type the right way!
above: One of many websites I've worked on. Computers and the internet have
made my dream of "no limits" publishing become a reality.