The OOBE Made Me a Newbie

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The OOBE Made Me a Newbie

Or, "How can a 3 pound device render me powerless?"

This is not endemic to the technology experience, but it is fairly prevalent. Someone with seemingly relevent prior knowledge, opens the box (the OOBE) and is shortly thereafter, reduced to a mumbling, angry, disconsolate shell of his/her former confident self: a Newbie)



When people approach new technologies (computer related or something else), sometimes the worst enemy is prior knowledge. Some of us have spent decades learning the finer points of overcoming - no - defeating - no pommeling into submission - the faults and indiosyncracies of the technololgy we adore and hate, and hate to adore. This leads to some serious traps. One is ...

Stating our problems in the language of old solutions

"I type faster than I write. Writing is too slow"

What is the problem here? Maybe it is the assumption that you must have typewritten (managed text[1]). If you use ink, you already know the answer to this statement. (Explore this in Compared to What)

"I have too many processes running at startup"

What is the problem? If you are relatively new to computing, or simply a pragmatist, you could look at that, perceive that somebody thinks there's a problem - and then get back to work.

Now I'll give you a real problem "The machine doesn't work at all" . And then to add insult to injury... "It was working before I fixed it" .

We could have this debate forever - but let's not[2] . You are probably reading this because you just got a new machine and you are trying to find the fastest, best way through the Out of Box Experience.

Here are some things to get you going.

Things to DO NOW

Out of the Box - Things to do NOW

This sets out some pretty simple things you can do to save yourself hours, days or weeks of grief later.

Tablet PC Edition Processes

While I don't agree that the first thing you should be doing is deleting things from what should be a stable machine, if you want to do it, you can start by looking at the processes. Hint: If you are not absolutely sure you know what you are doing make a backup and test it before changing processes.

Write a New Article

If you want to brag about your new acquisition, write an article about it.

→ more to come WN 11:24, 18 August 2006 (GMT-8)

  1. Although I have not encountered a reference to managed text this is a common term in the Tablet PC community, used to describe text entered on electronic media, that is easily edited and shared with others.
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