:I am middle-aged, have a 20 year old bachelor's degree in computer science.
:I can buy and load software and set up hardware when instructions are sold
:with the product, but computers and electronics do not excite me as a hobby
:and I am NOT a professional in the field.
: I simply want to converse on occasion with others who are family
:oriented to make my, my wife's and children's use of my home computer the
:easiest and most practical.
: Over time I would also like to learn more about DVD recorders in order
:to keepsake some of our >15 year old VHS home movies as well as some of our
:favorite purchased VHS movies, as well as recording a show which my wife
:likes to watch daily but often is not home at the right time and frequently
:gets too busy to watch for several days in a row.
: Thanks in advance for being pointed to a practical newsgroup for this
:purpose where folks are interested in sharing and will talk at my level
:without making fun of me.
Hi there, Andy.
There are many newsgroups you could try, and I'd recommend more than
one. A good way to get your feet wet is go to http://groups.google.com /
(Google Groups), and do searches on topics of interest. The hits will
all be in newsgroups. Register at Google Groups and you can post there
or use your regular newsgroup reader. Subscribe to newsgroups you want
There are also other Internet places for help, forums. My favorites are
Anandtech Forums and AVS Forums:
http://forums.anandtech.com/ (register there) Mostly computer related
http://www.avsforum.com/ Audio and Video forums, Home Theater, etc.
Register also to participate.
Here are some newsgroups that should/may be of interest:
alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (I think this one would be especially
useful to you)