But, I use computers daily, write e-mails, cut, paste, design flyers, and write a blog. Surely I could handle a basic computer class and fill up my deficit gaps, right? Wrong! I could give you a day by day rundown of my learning issues, but suffice it to say that my happiest day, since the first day of school, was finding an on-campus computer lab with tutors available for folks like me.
I have no problem writing the papers. Writing is a strength. But, the quizzes are something else again. One big problem is my inability to remember the various terminology, most of which are acronyms for vocabulary words important for understanding. For example, Here are only a few acronyms from Chapter 5 of Technology in Action, 8th edition, (Evans, et al., Prentice Hall, 2012).
OS - operating system
CPU - central processing unit
MS-DOS OR DOS (Micro disc operating system)
RTOS - Real time operating systems (embedded system)
UNIX - ?
RAM - random access memory
LINUX - open source operating sysem for personal computers
GUI - graphic user interface
GNOME - ?
I struggled to put meaning to the acronyms. Several terms were not even in my text book's glossary as you can see by the question marks. I searched the web and found a computer dictionary which clarifies terminology for true internet "dummies" like me. From The Ultimate Computer Acronyms Archive , which has 178 pages of computer acronyms, I was able to find the various meanings.