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Are You Newbie On Internet?


Being a Newbie isn't easy in any walk of life and perhaps being an Internet Newbie is even harder. When you start any new job, you will probably be working with strangers, but in a very short time, you will get to know these people and life at your new job will become easier.

The Internet, however, is a different proposition.

If you are anything like me, your computer is located in a spare room, (the one you never quite finished decorating), and you have a desk and chair jammed in between the radiator and a box of "stuff" that you haven't unpacked since you moved in.

With a regular job, there is usually someone to talk to about any problems you may be having and they can soon be resolved. Working at home on-line is somewhat different. I could talk to my wife until Thursday of next week about the problem I'm having with my FTP client, or the amount of spam I receive, and the conversation would clear the top of her lovely head by a country mile. She is not unintelligent, just not interested in what I do and how I do it.

Working on-line from home brings its own set of problems and frustrations and they are every bit as real and difficult to overcome as any at a workplace.

When you realise that you may have wasted the previous two hours setting up "file A" in "program B" to get result "C" and all you get is "D", life can suck.

The trick to getting answers to these types of problems lies in finding a group of like-minded people who are involved in a project similar to yours -- and to spill your guts out to them. I'm talking about Forums. When you find a forum you are interested in, it's a bit like finding a rest stop on the motorway (freeway). It becomes a place to go to chill out and relax, catch up on recent events and learn from people who have gone through the same things as you.

To find a forum, just type your particular area of interest plus "forums" into Google or any other search engine. For example, to find a forum on "Model aircraft" just enter "Model aircraft forums" and wait for the list. Browse through the forums and find one where the posts that people put up are answered by one or more people. After a few of these, you will get a feeling for the helpfulness of the forum members. Most forums welcome new subscribers or even just casual visitors and, providing you follow the rules (usually in the "sticky" entries), you may well find a happy place to retreat to when it all becomes too much.

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