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I am completely self-taught from the days of Sinclair ZX80's, 81's, Spectrums and QL's graduating to Amstrad 8256/8512 and then on to PCs. Never a Mac in sight...
I hesitated when I wrote graduating to Amstrads just then:-)
I have never had any formal training whether at night class or paid for by the company, everything's been by trial and error since everything I have ever done with computing and web sites has been trying to forecast future business needs.
I was wondering just how many have actually had any kind of formal training and how many saw Adsense as a good way forward of earning money and actually took it upon themselves to learn "how to do it"?
Do any of the corporate Adsensers have any training programmes? If so, is it in-house or how is it done?
I've never profited from "book learning" when it comes to AdSense or the Web. I wrote my first webpage in the 90s right after I first clicked "View Source."
I'm not a techie per se, but I've been using PCs since 1982 and have been online since 1989. And I developed my awareness of the global audience as a shortwave listener and ham-radio operator more than 40 years ago. :-)
On the I.T. side- mostly self-taught & on-the-job training. Some formal university level programming and database classes, but mostly just got general theory/procedures from them- not actively using any languages I actually studied.
My second bachelors degree was in Business & Management and I worked on an MBA. But the stuff I use every day? Again, mostly self-taught or through 1- or 2-day focused seminars.
Oh, to answer the original question I'm self taught. I set up my website because nobody else in the group wanted to, so I got forced int learning webmastering. Paid off though :) :)
Self taught, and asked questions everywhere I could find someone to answer them. Usually my son did but he would get out of sorts with me at times (but still very supportive).
Most people thought I was speaking a foreign language *sigh* those were the days. Went through 2 used computers and 2 new ones until I finally learned what made a computer tick.
Been at it since 1996.
If it had not been for my youngest son, A more motivated computer whiz than I will ever be, I would have went mad, MAD I say, just looking for conversation. LOL
Anyone want to join me in creating a time machine?
Too late, it was invented a LONG time ago, it's called beer.
You drink a few of them and the present and future all slip away as the conversation turns to coulda, shoulda, woulda and this all preceeds the climax that culminates with the crying in the beer.
No official college training, but really should consider WW training!
Thank god my error log tells me what line to look at (most of the time).
I've have a lot of formal computer education over the years but in retrospect, the education is about as relevant now as last years computers and fads were. I would consider myself mostly self taught.
My knowledge has just kept growing from there(self taught), but that was the main starting point.
Conserning Adsense, my main source of information and learning over the years have come from this forum. Thanks guys!
Worked as an RPG III/IV programmer for several years, although I had schooling in Cobol. Programming bored me to tears so I'm now back in Operations which I find much more entertaining. A "Computer Systems Technician" is what it is called these days, rather than the old "Computer Operator".
As for websites - I'm self taught. It's been my major hobby since 1998. My first sites were more of a learning experience than anything that could be of use to anyone other than myself, unless someone would want to know what not to do. Launched my oldest site in 2000 using free hosting for a couple of years before getting a domain name for it and 'real' hosting. I prefer to use a WYSIWYG editor as hand coding a page, although I can do it, takes me absolutely forever since I lose my train of thought when I switch between coding and content.
I have never ever so much as touched a Mac. Not sure if I've even seen one in person. Always thought they were toys.
Since then, an engineering degree (haven't ever used it) and experience in IT department (just about paid the bills) are all the 'formal' training I've had. But I can honestly say that all the useful things I've learnt, I've taught myself and learnt from others.
I'm not a huge fan of normal education. I want to be taught how to learn, not taught how to remember information.
Judging from everybody's posts, looks like we have the oldest computer users on this forum! As for me, i first took on computers around 1997, relatively late, but then i am young too.
My first PC was a Timex Sinclair 1000, with the extra memory module and tape recorder cable. That squishy keyboard was lame and couldnt wait until I got my first PC with a real keyboard. Sigh.. I still remember plugging in code with a black and white TV as a monitor.
My next one was the Commodore Plus 4 which had the built in word processor, spreadsheet and graph program.
Went from there to the Commodore 64 with my killer 300 baud modem with PULSE dialing. Spent many a night on GEnie exchange phone cards and other phreaking material.
When I got to college I started tinkering with the x86's and the rest is history.
Took a few college courses in computers but none of them took because none of the professors really understood computers yet, and I didn't have the math at the time to take CS.
Taught myself everything I know about writing code and sometimes it shows in my form. All my webmastering knowledge is self taught.
To me, self taught is just a better way of saying "I tinkered with stuff, broke it, and learned how to fix it".