Every day, I deal with at least a dozen Luddites who insist (and, honestly, persist) on technological ignorance, at least when it comes to computers.  Frankly, the excuses are wearing a little thin, and getting thinner daily.

Some of them were born and raised before computers were a “thing,” and computers only existed in businesses and government installations.  That’s just not acceptable anymore: if my 78-year-old aunt can learn computer basics enough that I don’t have to use GoToAssist to add a contact to her address book, you can, too.

Here on Long Island, nearly every public library offers classes on computer basics for free.  I don’t even think you need a library card.  You just sign up for the class and show up.

If that doesn’t work, talk to the Department of Labor about career training in computer basics, and I’m sure they can point you in the right direction for classes on Microsoft Office, computer basics, whatever else you might need.

I’m not expecting you to be able to hack C++ code or write an SQL query, but it would be nice if you understood what I mean when I say “select the text” or “drag the object.”

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