For all of us, there was a beginning, that moment when we crossed the line from mundania into the computer world. Since then, we’ve installed hardware, dealt with software glitches, struggled with Windows, and gained expertise in dealing with our machines. Some may have forgotten what it was like to be a “newbie”.

I’ve never forgotten. When my beloved Apple ][+ was set up (but without a disk drive, as I mentioned way back in In The Beginning), the instructions said to turn on the monitor first.

There is a danger in growing up with television. You turn on the TV, you expect to see something, even if it’s just “snow”. I turned on the monitor, and was met with blackness. Nothing to be seen at all. Maybe it needed to “warm up” first.

So I waited. Five minutes. Ten minutes. Fifteen minutes. Still nothing. Finally, I gathered my courage and turned on the Apple itself. Huzzah! The screen was no longer blank!

Of course, it was also a “Duh” moment, as I realized there wasn’t any need to wait minutes before turning on the computer. But hey, it was the very first time, after all. Just goes to show the perils of watching television! Just as well I don’t do that any more.

Then again, you don’t need to watch TV to make little mistakes. When my brother got his first computer (watch out, world!), he had a problem with a CD. It didn’t seem to be working.

So I said, “Let’s see it. Maybe it’s scratched or something.” The tray slides open. The CD is there. Upside down. I laughed. Heartily. Why would he think the drive on the computer was different from a CD player?

I dunno, but it made me feel a little bit better about that monitor ;)