Expanding my IT knowledge (not for professional purposes)

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by carrierPigeon, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. carrierPigeon

    carrierPigeon [H]Lite

    Messages:
    114
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    I am interesting in expanding my IT knowledge to be more proficient in my home computer use. I know that there are educational resources but many or most in my top categories below are geared more at the professional.

    Here are the areas that I am interested in (basically in order of importance, from most to least):
    1) Windows 8.1, troubleshooting, mainly.
    2) Windows 10, troubleshooting, mainly.
    3) Ubuntu (or perhaps other distro), everything
    4) Privacy focused mobile OS (definitely not Google or Apple controlled). Maybe Open Kang.
    5) A home network setup to put Google, Facebook, etc, in a "sandbox" by themselves ie. a designated IP address
    6) automation (writing internet dating messages, downloading bank statements, running checksum on my files/logging said issues)

    So far, I have considered the 70-688 book, Supporting Windows 8.1. However, the description says that it's going to assume that you are a professional already. I know a thing or two but I think I am in about the 20 percentile, if you ranked everyone on this forum for their IT (non-programming) knowledge. So, I am thinking that that book might be above my head.

    I also noticed some posts about comp TIA A+. But, that doesn't seem to cover Windows 10 yet even. Also, has a lot of material that I probably wouldn't bother with at all.

    I prefer something in a PDF format or in videos or such that I can download. Paper books and websites are ok, too. But, I don't like material that has a periodic fee, since I will likely take a lot of time to get through the material.

    I thought that this website would be a good place to ask because many here have developed an impressive level of knowledge :)
     
  2. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    7,506
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2012
    Why would you want to learn to support Win8.1? It's being rolled out.
     
  3. dthree

    dthree n00bie

    Messages:
    28
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2016
    Start offering free computer troubleshooting services on facebook groups or craigslist ads. Or volunteering at the library or senior center to maintain their computers. You will quickly learn to troubleshoot by solving real world problems. :)
     
  4. atreidesgoldenpath

    atreidesgoldenpath Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    472
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    This is a good idea. I’ve learned more like this than most other ways.
     
  5. carrierPigeon

    carrierPigeon [H]Lite

    Messages:
    114
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    doesn't force updates on you, so potentially fewer privacy infractions.

    Yea, that's an idea. A similar idea is posting on forums responding to people's request for help, and seeing what other people trying to help post.
     
  6. Frobozz

    Frobozz [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,739
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2002
    While effective, this will also teach you how to graciously deny people who become dependent on you. While also worthwhile life skill, it can also burn you out if you're a slow study and then damage your soul when you execute.

    personally, I'd just think up some personal projects that would encompass what you're looking to learn. For scripting, privacy & linux setup a box (or 2) to run HomeAssistant, Nextcloud, Zabbix, and/or PiHole. For mobile, get a cheapo phone that's compatible with Lineage OS and the like. For Windows, download some eval versions of Win Server and setup and explore what you can during your trial period.

    Most of it is just finding projects that interest you and then "break it until you fix it"
     
    carrierPigeon likes this.