OT: Mentoring Mac NewBies
Frank D. Engel, Jr.
fde101 at fjrhome.net
Mon Feb 7 09:22:20 CST 2005
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It's a shame that "Macintosh Basics" doesn't seem to be around anymore.
That was a *very* well-done, very simple animated tutorial on how to
use a Macintosh. It included training for mouse and keyboard skills,
working with the Macintosh interface and the finder, application
basics, and so forth. I think they used to include it with Macs -- on
a 3.5" floppy, of course. Way out of date by now, but it was likely
one of the best "intro to computers" tutorials I have ever seen.
I found a website about that program here:
Meanwhile, possibly not what you are looking for, but:
Ya' know, this would be a fun project to do in Rev, actually. Hide the
menubar and dock, and do a full-screen kiosk type of thing (with an
'exit' button, of course), with multiple tutorial topics and so forth,
as a kind of modernized "Macintosh Basics" tutorial. A similar program
could be done for Windows, and much of the content could be re-used
with some modified graphics, since the basic mouse and keyboard
techniques (at least) are essentially the same...
If I ever get the free time again (Ha!) maybe I'll try something like
this, if no one beats me to it.
On Feb 6, 2005, at 1:49 AM, Dan Shafer wrote:
> I can second the recommendation of Pogue's book as the mentor of two
> people very much like the one you describe.
> On Feb 5, 2005, at 5:33 PM, JOHN RUSSELL wrote:
>> I think David Pogue's Mac OS X: Panther Edition, the Missing Manual
>> (O'Reilly) might be a help to you. It's over 700 pages in length,
>> but quoting from the back cover, here's how it starts:
>> "Getting started: The early chapters demystify the Dock, windows, and
>> the unfamilar Mac OS X folder structure - - an ideal introduction."
>> Here is a partial list of early major topics from the table of
>> Folders and Windows
>> Organizing Your Stuff
>> Dock, Desktop, and Toolbar
>> etc., etc....probably much more than you want to know.
>> This book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any online
>> tech bookstore, as well.
>>> If she wanted to, on her own, "get up to speed," are their any
>>> learning resources on the web to get someone who doesn't even know
>>> what you mean when you say "The Finder" up to a new level of
>>> computer fluency... I'm not talking about making this level of
>>> newbie a programmer, just conversant in how to use the machine
>>> works, navigate, etc.
>>> I'm familiar with the Mac's own "For New Computer Users" in the
>>> help... but am looking for other similar resources as well.
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Frank D. Engel, Jr. <fde101 at fjrhome.net>
$ ln -s /usr/share/kjvbible /usr/manual
$ true | cat /usr/manual | grep "John 3:16"
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
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