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Rambling Thoughts

A computer is a very complicated machine. Long ago when Basic was the operating system and it was contained on a chip, any programs that were keyed in or loaded onto the computer could not have any effect on the operating system because it would return to the original from the chip every time the computer was turned on. When the operating system was placed on a re-writable memory device it became possible and easy to modify the original operating system and save the changes made to it. With the internal hard drive and Windows operating system people who have no knowledge of program language can use a computer. They can also install programs on the hard drive. The programs are no longer a separate file. They are now integrated into the operating system with many files placed in different folders of the operating system. This makes it easy to load the program into memory and run it, but it also makes it easy to save changes to the operating system that cause problems.

In the original condition, a Windows operating system will work well. As more programs are added to the system it becomes more likely that one of the programs will cause a conflict with the operating system. The programs are designed to run on Windows. That is fine if the original Windows operating system is in place and no other programs have been added. Each time a program is added to the computer's memory, it modifies the resident operating system to some extent. While all the programs may work fine with the original Windows operating system, they may not work with a Windows system that has been modified by having several other programs integrated into it.

The more programs you add to the computer, the more likely that one or more will cause a conflict. It is not likely that a game or utility that resides in its own folder and just has a shortcut to execute it will cause a problem. The ones that cause problems are the programs that place files in many different Windows folders and integrate themselves into the operating system. Not only do you have to deal with those programs which you load intentionally, but there is also the adware and spyware that gets loaded without your knowledge or permission.

If you try a program and don't like it, you can remove it. You can remove the adware too. Hardly any removal or un-install process leaves the operating system in exactly the same condition it was in before the installation. There will almost always be little remainants of the program left scattered around the operating system.

One of the great things about the computer is that you can customize it to fit your own needs and personality. Certain things, like the anti-virus and firewall, are necessary to keep the Internet evil out of your computer. Other things, like word processors, games, and graphics programs are your choice.

Just remember that everything you put on the computer is changing it and taking it farther from the original condition. The software is designed to work with the original Windows system. Choose carefully what you add to your computer. The only sure way to get everything back to the factory specifications is to format the hard drive and start over. No one wants to lose everything they have put on their computer.

Message Boards

After surfing the huge, impersonal Internet for a while, you may run across message boards and want to participate in a more personal experience. Message boards are not chat rooms and different rules of etiquette apply. You can find friends with similar interests and exchange ideas on message boards, but your message board experience can be enhanced if you follow certain basic rules. You will probably not be kicked off of the board for not following the rules, but to break them makes you look like a "Newbie" or may reflect in a negative way on your character.

Safety first! Never give your full name, address, school's name, or other personal information which would allow someone to locate you on a message board. Use only a nickname or your user name on the board. You can give a state, country, or city if that information would not allow you to be found. Message boards are designed to be anonymous. When you post specific personal information, you are no longer anonymous. Almost anyone can read the message boards. Most of the readers are good people, but some of the message board readers, even though they might not reply, could be someone who may wish to cause you physical harm. Use extreme caution if you agree to a meeting with another message board user. This is especially important for children. Children should talk to their parents before arranging any meeting. They should have a responsible adult with them for any personal meetings. Those who use the message boards may not be truthful about their personal information. Keep in mind that people with harmful intentions could read your message board posts!

DON'T TYPE EVERYTHING IN UPPER CASE LETTERS! There is a shift key on each side of your key board, use them! Upper case letters on a message board are used to signify shouting. If you type everything in upper case, the readers will feel that you are shouting at them. If colors and backgrounds are available, be sure there is enough contrast in the colors you choose to make them readable. Post in fonts large enough to be easily read.

Break long posts up into paragraphs. Put a blank line between the paragraphs. Long, rambling posts are difficult to read. Breaking them up into paragraphs makes them more readable and divides the subject into shorter text blocks. If you are replying to more than one other post, place each reply in a separate paragraph. For replies to a specific user, place that user's name at the beginning of the paragraph. Non-specific replies are confusing and may anger some other user who is not familiar with the situation being discussed.

Keep it short! If the explanation does not require a long, rambling reply, do not post one. Try to be concise and give all the details, but eliminate unrelated or unnecessary language. If requesting help with a situation, remember that the message will be read by strangers who are not familiar with you and will need certain information to give a sensible reply, but don't give personal information in the post.

Proof read your post before putting it on the message board where others can read it. Make corrections before posting the message. Don't use acronyms (LOL,ROFL,BTW) when posting on message boards. Most of the readers will understand, but those not familiar with the acronyms will be confused. Acronyms are often used in chat rooms to speed up the exchanges, but speed is not needed on a message board and other users might not know what they mean. Text message contractions, (UR = your, 4 = for, CYA=See you) are not appropriate on a message board. Many of the readers are not familiar with these contractions and will not read a message that is difficult to translate into understandable language. The point of posting a message is to express your thoughts and opinions to others. If other readers cannot understand what you post, you have wasted both your and their time.

Spelling and grammar are important. You may have brilliant ideas, but if your spelling and grammar are sloppy, the other board users will see you as illiterate and ignorant. There are spelling checkers that can be placed on your browser tool bar to help make the posts more readable. Use punctuation and capitalization to break up your text into understandable sentences. Everyone makes mistakes. There are many grammar and spelling mistakes in this web page, but do the best you can. Correct spelling and grammar gives your messages more authority and gives the other board users a higher opinion of you. They know you only by your typed messages. Present yourself as neatly and correctly as possible.

Try not to engage in arguments on the message board. With so many different people expressing their opinions, there are bound to be differences. Use logic to get your points across. Cursing, name calling, or personal attacks do not help others see your point of view. These things only demonstrate to all who read, that you have little self control. Friendly banter and joking around is not a bad thing and makes your posts appear friendly and interesting, but don't let your jokes escalate into a war on the board. You have no control over other users' actions or opinions. State your position on a topic and let it stand. Keep the discussions calm. The point you are making will not be very convincing if the readers view out of control behavior on the board. Presenting yourself as if you were a guest on the Jerry Springer Show will not give others a very high opinion of your character. The message boards are anonymous, but you should express your views so that others will see good character behind your user name.

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