Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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jack of all trades, master of none
by EvilHomer on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 00:20 UTC

I for one am glad that their are many people out there who are computer-illiterate. I have learned many trades through the years. From working as an auto mechanic changing brakes, doing oil changes, and all the way up to rebuilding engines, to being an aircraft mechanic (easiest job I've ever done), to being a help desk analyst, I've always found that being paid to do what one does well to be a good thing. Can I change my own oil? Yuppers. Do I do it myself most of the time? Only when the weather is nice and I can climb under my truck without wearing 10 layers of clothes. Do I know how to build a computer? Typing out this comment on one of the many that I have built. Do I know what to do when Windows won't boot due to a corrupted NTOSKRNL? Yup I do. Do I know how to create and manage shares using SAMBA/SWAT? I do, but I am limited in my knowledge of the OS (Linux) itself. Am I glad that people pay me in cases of my favorite beer just to have a look at their PC? You betcha!! Am I glad that I am starting a paying job helping people who have no idea how to troubleshoot their own PCs? I am indeed. While today's OSs are easier to work with from a user standpoint, maintaining the OS is harder than ever. New virus code and spyware programs are being written on an almost-daily basis, making it more difficult for the "average" user to keep up with. M$ with their notorious security "flaws" has made system maintenance a daily responsibility. Meanwhile, hardware today is far more complex than it was back in the days of the 286, yet it is far easier for the "average" user to install new hardware. I have seen a steady drop in the number of calls I receive about installing and configuring a video card, sound card, printer, or other such peripherals/add-on cards. Do I think people should learn more about computers? I definitely do. But in no uncertain terms do I think that the average user needs to know it all before purchasing a computer for home use or even use in the office. That's what they people like me for ;)