The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think


Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks.

Source: The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

This kind of blows my mind on the one hand. On the other, it complete explains almost every day of my technological life.




Learning about computers using trial and error

It seems as if a lot of people are hanging by a thread when it comes to understanding their various computing devices and what they are capable of.

Don’t be afraid of breaking these things. They’re practically indestructible short of getting out a hammer and actually bashing on them.

My first computer mentor, Mark Siegel, made this abundantly clear to me and it has been one of the most important lessons I ever learned about computers. It holds true today. Just try stuff. Are you wondering how to connect your phone to your TV and some way? Try it. You won’t break anything. In other words it won’t be irreversible in some way.

But don’t be afraid to try things. It’s this trial and error that gets you so much further in understanding your computer or any other device than any other action you could probably take.

Of course there YouTube now which speeds things along, but just get in there and do it , whatever you are wanting to do.


Hey HP, your “rewards” aren’t…

This is my so-called reward for using official HP ink in my printer.

Why bother? Is anyone actually buying into this?

I’d  expect more from a company like HP (but I’m starting to re-evaluate that opinion).

If you’re going to give someone a reward, make sure it’s a reward to them.  Otherwise, it’s probably better not to risk insulting their intelligence.

Offer when you use official HP ink.

Offer when you use official HP ink.