In a recent comment to our latest poll, Dave Jackson offered his thoughts on his favorite tools (or lack thereof) for learning:
"When it comes to new software, I always avoid the user manuals, How-To books and resources, and other such tools until after I've grabbed the software (or whatever the technology is, such as a handheld device, etc.), installed it, and fired it up.I use stuff to learn about it. I was to see how solid it is. In all my years of using computers and other tech toys (going back to 1978), I've never read a manual prior to using anything. Only one piece of software was so un-intuitive that I had to refer to the manual to figure out how to do anything with it! Yes, despite having to turn to the manual to even begin using the software, I did give it a fair trial, and in the end, no, it wasn't adopted.
A well-developed piece of software or other technological gizmo, whether a handheld device (phone, tablet, etc.), or anything else, should be designed so it's user-friendly. Basically, if it isn't intuitive, the design is all wrong."
Nicely said. I'm curious as to what that once piece of software was that was so unintuitive! What was it?
So how do you do it? Leave a comment, and tally your vote on the poll.
And be sure to check out ONE way you can learn about maintaining your computers: participate in the next 30-minute webinar, "Notes on wireless acceptable use policies." Join Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian at West Des Moines Public Library (IA), contributor to Recipes for a 5-Star Library Cookbook, and author of Wireless Networking: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, as she draws on her expertise and experiences with wireless, including considerations around the ever-important wireless acceptable use policy. Take 30 minutes out of your day and learn from the experiences of others. Visit WebJunction for more information about the webinar, and I hope to see you there!