Jackson Mill's Conference Center
Advanced Beginning Computers
May 6 - May 11, 2000
I know. You are going to ask me "what is an advanced
beginner?" Only our main gurus, Dean Hardman and Franny Mams knew. It
was rumored they could tell by how their students stagger away from the
monitors with eyes that are glassy and dilated, and how long they remained
Before I ventured as a novice to this marvelous place
two years ago, I thought an A-Drive was something Bonny and Clyde used for
an express withdrawal from a bank. I did not know a dot-com from a dot-go.
But now, I am cured!! I no longer flip over a floppy,
and I don't hear Beethoven's Fifth as Da Da Da- Daaah any more. It is now
Dot Dot Dot-Caahm!! I open Windows instead of washing them, and I never
call a dog Browser or boot up a shoe. Thank you for an updated education
This program began with a thorough review of Windows
95/98 and the nature of a love/hate relationship with a computer. There
were l9 of us in the lab, and there were 20 computers, all set up for us.
The first day was devoted to computer management with Windows Explorer
taught by a very good instructor, Lee Krause. Lee set the stage. No
question was too dumb or left without an answer. At times, there were
assistants who wandered down the aisles to answer questions.
The learning environment was excellent with individual
attention and a lot of fun. The rest of the program lived up to my highest
expectations. It included Internet searching information, Word Processing,
gadgets and gizmos, and Quicken 2000, as an example of personal finance
software. There was also plenty of free time in the lab, attended by our
patient, knowledgeable instructors Lee, Dean, Franny, and Marie Burleigh,
our Word Processing specialist.
Evening programs included an interesting orientation
session, a film and lecture about the early life of Stonewall Jackson, and
an excellent presentation of slides of beautiful West Virginia. There was
plenty of space for hiking, and a historic area centered on a mill The
town of Weston was also worth a visit as it is a glass and antique center.
We were all spoiled with residence in Jackson Lodge. We
had spacious individual rooms with bathrooms and Cable TV, and maid
service every day. The food service was simply superb with many choices
along a very efficient buffet line. If you go, watch the waist line!!
This was the first time an "Advanced Beginner" course was
offered at Jackson's Mill and it really "clicked" with me. It is
highly recommended, but not for absolute beginners…now where is my
B-Drive, or is it my E-Drive? Is my computer "crashing" again,
or is it the A-Drive driving me?