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Most people using RISC OS computers appear to be quite well versed with their computers, while most PC users at home and in the schools that I see every day to day are really very low skilled at computers and at just using basic day to day software compared to what I assume should be an average level of competency for an average computer user. The 90% figure quoted by "mavhc" would be very close to most teachers (and my friends) who own and regularly use a PC. I am no software or computer technical person, and I am sure that I rank in the bottom 10% of skill level for RISC OS computer owners. The question I ask here on Drobe should indicate that if you have not already noticed. So please be patient if I ask such simple questions at times, I appreciate the help and reading these comments by RISC OS users even if I don't 100% understand some of the jargon. Sometimes I show the PC user teachers at my school some of the average and not too difficult to understand topics on Drobe, but 90% of it dumbfounds them. Many teachers at my school think that I'm very clever at computers, but the full credit goes to RISC OS and it's users who do really help. But a few PC users who have seen me using my RISC OS are staggered at how simple nearly all the tasks done on a RISC OS is so simple and very quick to "manoeuvre" (using my Impression Dictionary here!) files and with so many on screen... A couple of people before me mentioned PC's are the way if you want to learn computers for the "real world". The "real world" is not PC's according to a couple of my friends who specialize in technical and software programming with "Simms" and "Mass" that they use in their security company. They tell me that these types of software are or were common in many countries Govt., Security, telecommunication or maybe big companies. The point my friends have said to me is that some ICT training institutions in Auckland have approached the in recent years, to teach what they said was an "Industrial" level software instead of shoving Windows down their throats. I asked them what was their problem with Windows, my friends said that some of these ICT computer training Institutions are recognising that in companies like Telecom, some Govt sectors etc., Windows training and certification has not got them the training for the "real world" computer systems. The point was here, it's a bit like putting a Windows PC trainee on to an Apple Mac or a RIS OS - and they are just as lost or much worst off as they are/were on their PC's. The PC training ill prepared them. My friend showed me his 20 year old version Simms Software/Operating System ($11,000 worth - new version is over $50,000 he said) and like Virtual RiscPC, he was running Windows '98 with it. Anyway, what my friend showed me and explained, Windows PC isn't really preparing "everyone" for the real world. Does anybody else know about these sort of systems? Cheers, Steve. :acorn: ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 10/6/04 11:40AM
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