Sapha (sapha) wrote in thequestionclub,

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1. How often are you utilizing a computer for personal use?
2. How advanced would you say your personal computer use skills are? Do you feel comfortable doing multiple tasks, or are you almost at a loss when it comes to anything more than, say, livejournal and email?
3. What operating system do you use or prefer to use, and what version (i.e. Windows 2000, Windows XP, FreeBSD 5.3, Fedora Core 4 Linux, Mac OSX)? Are you competent or even advanced in any other operating systems?
4. Do you tend to multitask while using the computer? What programs do you use frequently?
5. What is the one task that you use your personal computer for the most often?
6. Do you do any image editing or object-oriented programming (Photoshop, Photoshop CS, PaintShop Pro, Macromedia Studio including Dreamweaver and Flash MX)? Do you know or use any languages (i.e. HTML or its variants, C, C++, Java)?
7. Do you generally feel comfortable doing advanced tasks? How well do you know the operating system you use on a regular basis?
8. Do you customize your GUI (Graphical User Interface) by changing the look and feel?
9. If you use Windows, do you use any shells other than Explorer such as Litestep?
10. How old were you when you began using a computer? How about using one regularly?
11. Do you have a computer of your own, or do you share it with others? How many computers do you own or use on a regular basis?
12. Are you knowledgeable in hardware as well as software? Do you add components to improve the performance of your computer? Have you built a computer for yourself or another using parts ordered from a site such as NewEgg or Tiger Direct?
13. If you have a brand name computer, what make and model is it?

My personal answers:

1. I use a computer daily.
2. I'm decently advanced, I would probably say on a scale of 1-10 I'm at a 7.5 or so, because there's a lot more to operating systems such as Windows that I could become familiar with, but I have no reason to (such as infrastructure and registry). I definitely feel comfortable performing different tasks.
3. I prefer to use Unix in one of its many flavours, BSD especially, but I have a general need to use Windows. When it comes to Windows, I prefer Windows 2000, but a lot of software that I tend to use runs better on Windows XP. At the moment, I use a dual boot of Windows XP and Gentoo Linux (separate hard drives).
4. I generally multitask, because I have the capability to as far as the power of my computer goes. I tend to almost always be using Winamp, Firefox, Soulseek, Aol Instant Messenger, Photoshop, and OpenOffice; the last two on an as needed basis.
5. I probably use the computer the most for surfing the web. It's almost a toss up between that and doing homework, because homework tends to include the need for the internet.
6. I use Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash MX on a pretty regular basis. I am pretty good with HTML and XML, I know a bit of other languages here and there including PHP, Perl, C, and Java.
7. I feel pretty comfortable doing what many might consider 'advanced tasks'. That's a loosely defineable term, I suppose, but I feel comfortable changing the shell on Windows, editing registry entries, and screwing with command-line interface. When it comes to Linux, I can do just about everything from installation of the kernel to advanced kernel-related tasks. I actually know Unix better than I know Windows, but I've been evening that out of late, gaining more confidence in Windows and the softwares that require it.
8. In Windows XP, I tend to just use StyleXP to change the look and feel of things from Bootskin to Logon Screen. I like skinnable programs a lot, as well. In Linux, it's an ongoing customization party with KDE.
9. I really just stick to Explorer with StyleXP, but I used to use Litestep religiously.
10. I started using a computer at a fairly young age; my father's business required him to have one, and one with a modem more specifically. I started with Macintosh computers a long time ago, when I was four or five. The first one I had had a 7 inch black-and-white screen, and ran an early version of Macintosh OS (I don't remember which for sure). After that, my family progressed down the Mac chain, and the most advanced Mac computer we had was a Performa 6360 with OS 7.3, and that was the first computer that I used regularly. It was a piece of crap, but it had a colour screen and ran Descent and Descent II, which became two of my favourite games. That was the last Macintosh we had, as my father's business switched to Windows and Intel powered computers. We bought a Dell Dimension with a Celeron processor at 433 MHz with 128MB of RAM. Unfortunately for the rest of my family, they still use that computer (albeit with 256MB Ram now) with Windows 98. After that, one of my friends got me into Unix, and I bought a Dell Dimension Pentium II 333MHz with a Sony monitor for 200 total, and that became my personal computer for almost two years. I was using FreeBSD on it for almost all of that time, and then I put Windows 2000 with Litestep on it. This was my first personal computer.
11. To continue with chronology, after that Dell P2 I had, my father bought me (unfortunately) Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop (256MB SDRAM, 2.3 GHz Celeron) which was decent for school purposes, and had PCMCIA so that I could use a wireless card at school. It was to be my college laptop, but he got it for me when I was still a senior in high school. I used the laptop as my primary computer because we got wireless in my house, and the P2 was a piece of shite. After that, I bought a Sony Vaio desktop from a friend for 300 dollars (a sweet deal as it had an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Video Card, an Audigy 2 soundcard, a Pentium 4 with HyperThreading proc at 2.8 GHz, and 1GB Dual Channel RAM). I used that computer for a few months before I started college, and I took it and the laptop both with me. A power surge in the dormitory literally fried the mainboard on it (it had visible burn marks, I was so sad..), and I lost a lot of the parts in it (videocard, hard drives, mainboard, proc). I then withdrew from college (for other reasons, obviously), and since I've been back home I built myself a new computer with a couple of the remaining components of the Vaio and a number of new ones from NewEgg that I got my father to get me for christmas (I also contributed my own money to it). In case you're still reading this and are interested, it's a full ATX board; I've got an Athlon 64 3500+ processor (2 Ghz, 1Ghz Front Side Bus), the dual channel RAM from the Vaio (still 1GB), and I had to buy a new videocard and was short on cash so I bought a Radeon 9550. I still have the laptop, but I've more or less given it to my sister for her to use in her room (since we have that stupid Dell in the office downstairs for the whole family, and it's slower than molasses in January compared to newer computers).
12. If you read my answer to the last question, you'd infer that yes, I am. I've built computers for others as well as the one I'm currently using for myself. All desktops with full ATX boards.
13. This question is not applicable.

Sorry for so many damn questions. I'll understand if you don't answer all of them, or don't answer them completely, or only answer a few select questions. I'm just interested because I'm a complete dork and have nothing better to do with myself or my time.

What's funny is I have a lot more questions I'd love to ask, but I figured this is too many already.

Warning: 13 in-depth questions, my own long-assed answers included.
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