Classes in IT
July 4th 2017 - I am just updating the website, so maybe there will be one or two errors for a short while!
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Stephen Brown Celrà, Girona, Catalunya, Spain.
The Arrow logo was designed by my cousin Richard Cowper-Brown in the UK a few years ago who was sure he had seen it somewhere else but I haven't seen it elsewhere and I haven't received angry letters from arrow-owners. So, apart from the Mezcla logo at the top of this page, that's my other logo which I use as the repeating background for this website!
This website is part of Mezcla.biz. Click on the logo on the right to go to the home page where you will find contact details.
Classes are in English or Spanish. I'm sorry I don't speak Catalan but here is a chance to improve your English and knowledge of computing at the same time! (unless you are already English-speaking!)
Classes (actually that makes them seem too formal, let's call them workshops) will be held in the bar at Hotel Peninsular in Carrer Nou, Girona (with free WiFi) between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesdays but, if this is inconvenient, we can have sessions on Saturday mornings but we have to choose a time when the bar is not too busy. Or we could choose another location. But - a big but - there will also be classes online with videos specially shot for you. But you will determine the schedule.
Learn about net etiquette and how best to use email. Send attractive emails using HTML. So many things to talk about!
The internet: Lots to talk about there! What are "cookies" that we've read so much about recently? Are they dangerous?
Learn writing code with the Rasberry Pi single-board computer in Girona. The board is less than €40 and can be purchased online from Element14, part of Farnell Components in the UK.
I haven't started workshops yet but, if you need one-to-one help with anything that is holding you up and costing you time, then please get in touch.
The steps will be as follows: You dictate the agenda. Tell me the things that frustrate you or the software you want to learn about. Maybe you just have a specific problem and only want to come for that one thing. Well, that's ok! I subscribe to The Oldie, it was a Christmas present. If you don't know, it's a magazine published in the UK for old people (I suppose that's rather obvious). The regular column Superbyways presumably is supposed to teach old people with withering brains how to use computers but it refers to them as "... the wretched things..." (meaning the computers)......... Teaching IT with video: I will be using my video camera and computer screen recorder to demonstrate functions clearly online. I am using ACA Screen Recorder to record to video everything happening on screen and I will accompany this with a commentary. There is nothing new in this, of course, but this has two important features: It is not publicly viewable (it will be here on the website not on YouTube). It is linked to things we talk about when we meet.
Computers are brilliant. I use one for large parts of the day for art, writing, graphic design (but not for tweeting or chatting). It's really sad to see such negativity. I often say that it's not up to people to learn how to use computers, it's the other way round. And computers, especially with touch screens have gone a long way towards that goal. I know it's an obvious analogy but it's like driving a car. You don't need to know how the gearbox works and what colour the oil is but I hope you don't expect to jump in and press the pedal on the right and that everything will be fine - you need to learn how to drive the thing. But that doesn't require a knowledge of fuel injection. But many people ignore the same principle with computers, especially with email, and they just muddle through. That's where I come in. You don't need to know how they work; just how they can work for you. You don't need to learn about "technology" - an over-used word. That's my job as an engineer, not yours. If you want to know a little about my background and what I think about computing, have a look at a piece I wrote for my blog about Bill Gates and me! My company in the UK was Applied Microsystems and I first started writing software in the late 1970s, a year or two before the first IBM PC arrived on the scene in 1981. I love to teach..... maybe you!