LAST EDITED ON Aug-08-02 AT 09:34 AM (EDT)
This is somewhat spilling over from one of the other forums but I think that Larry and I agree on this.
Everyone should try Google to find answers to the questions that they have. I'm consistantally amazed at the answers that I sometimes find. Thier newsgroup archive is AWSOME! If you have never played with newsgroups think of them just like these forums (before the www existed) on every available topic, with millions of posts of answers, flames, general sillyness, and the unfortunate nastyness of the net. If you have a question most likely someone else had a question and has posted it to a newsgroup. Sometimes you have to wade a little bit through everything to get to the right stuff, or seeing something there will spark your mind in a different direction that will lead you to an answer. http://groups.google.com
Also the regular Google search engine does a great job of pointing you towards relevant pages. I usually pull the best 3-4 keywords out of whatever question that I am having and post them to the query, then go through the first page or 2 of results, if nothing then I try to use what it gives me again to spark some different keywords to search on. Good keywords include Manufacturers, Specific Error Messages, Product Names/Model Numbers, etc. but not just "How do I network 2 computers?" (although I think if you do this search, This site, DUX, will end up in the top part of the results.
Basic Google help can be found at: http://www.google.com/help/
Also they do a pretty good job of translating pages that are in a foriegn language, just click on translate this page and it will lead you through the process.
As Larry implied in earlier post (way too early in the morning for Maine ). Google should be one of the first stops on the web for searching for answers, most likely right after the manufacturers sites, and even sometimes before
Everyone, Please don't take this as a "I don't want your questions here" type of post. I know that I as well as many others are more than happy to lend knowledge here (and you will see me asking as many questions as some, nor do I even remotely pretend to know anything about computers when you look at the whole big picture (Larry is a different story). Really I'm just suggesting a very valuable tool that is available amazingly for free.
I've also found a cool part for all the technogeeks here, it's basically Googles sandbox where you can try some of the new technologies that Google is working on: http://labs.google.com/