Computer Science 101

Young Programmers

by Steve Deal on June 19, 2012

My kids have used computers from the beginning of time.   They sat on my lap and banged on the keyboards with me (in those days keyboards were made of steel and could take it).  Computers have always been just part of our life.

But they are still learning new stuff everyday.   I do too, and there are many out there now taking up computers for the first time.   Over the years I’ve collected some helpful learning resources  – please share these with your friends also!


Welcome Aboard

Just starting out?  New to Computers?   GCF has some great introductory courses where you can pick up the basics in dozens of topics – Windows, Apple, Facebook and more!



Windows 7

Many of us have made the transition to Windows 7 (from Windows XP), or will soon.   Here’s some resources I have found to be helpful.



  • Taskbar – How the new Taskbar is  different
  • Snip – Capture anything on the screen – send it to a file or email.  Highly addicting.
  • Breadcrumbs – A quick way to navigate your folders
  • Search – How to find files / email (Did I mention the nice Search?)
  • Snap – Line up two windows side by side with ease
  • Favorites – Quick access to the folders and network items you use most
  • Rename – Rename one file, or lots of them


Microsoft Office

Most offices use ‘Word’, ‘Excel’ and ‘Outlook’ – the core of the ‘Microsoft Office’ set of programs.    You can ‘get by’ just hacking around in them, but this is one area where you can pick up some quick productivity gains with a little training.

There are multiple levels of training here – all the way from basics to ninja stuff.  Check them out.



Become a Mad Scientist

And finally, for the truly insane.   When you have mastered Windows and Word and the other applications, and want to get into some serious architecture, there are online college level courses and textbooks.   No more getting up at 8am for that Comp Sci class!  Here’s a few to investigate:


UC Berkeley Webcasts


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cindy holloman June 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

Great job!
Thanks for the information. It will be extremely beneficial for those I serve here at the RRM. As a matter of fact, it will be very beneficial for me as well.


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