Driving back to the office this afternoon I got to wondering - how did you first become involved with our forum?
I'm not asking when, but how - what first brought you to the PCA site, was it because you read about it in the magazine, heard about it from someone, or did you come here as a result of a Google search, or a link on another web-site? Perhaps you can't remember, it was so long ago?
If you can remember I would like to hear about it. I'm also interested to discover how many women take part in forum activities, but I do not in any way want to intrude on anyone's right to privacy - obviously there's no need to tell me if you would rather not; It's simply a matter of personal interest on my part.
I joined in November 2002 (with a different username) which was probably just after I'd bought a new PC and was looking for advice on setting up and using WinXP. I'd been buying PCA since it first came out (96, 97?) and probably saw a reference to the forum in there. I'm pretty certain it was the first forum I joined.
I've been here 9 years as "wee eddie", but I was here before and cannot remember my handle.
I seem to remember long discussions about the risks of the Millennium Bug and how one would deal with it. Maybe that was elsewhere but I doubt it, no other Forum had the immediacy of this one.
Here's one of my early posts which has me reformatting for the new cable broadband that I've just has put in. I wouldn't need to ask this now, the PCA help forum has done me good service over the years.
I first came to this site because after getting one of my first ever computers I realised that I knew nothing about them, a friend had recommended your mag as a way to try and understand the workings of a computer and after reading that mag I came to this site.
At the time the best bit of money I had invested in a magazine, it made me realise that a PC was not some mystical box but a bunch Lego parts any body can put together and with the help of this site you can make it work.
Been here a long time and looking back have to thank Gateway Computers for selling me a bunch of crap that never worked properly from day one with a "technical helpline" that was even worse.
Theres a saying that theres always a plus side to every thing.
The obvious, a comp problem. Then found it to be both a very helpful and interesting site.
I first registered after reading the PCA
Exactly ten and a half years ago, today I believe, I stumbled upon the PCA website and I've been here ever since. I was on dial-up then but nevertheless determined to gain some knowledge of this here computing lark. I've learned much over this happy period and had real satisfaction when helping out where I could. Unfortunately these days I have to write down or print out information in order to retain most of it - can't trust the old memory banks too much now, I'm afraid! :o)
Reading through this thread it is good to see many members from the past appearing again, and I hope they will continue to do so. TC.
Typical !! I didn't read fully what the FE wrote.
What brought me here, I think, was when I was looking for an answer to a Win 95SE problem, or it could have beem Win ME ! TC.
I came to the forums through subscribing to PCA 7+ years ago. I had a problem, signed up, asked in Helproom, and got the solution in minutes!
Since then, I've found the forums invaluable - indispensable - on a (very) few occasions not getting an answer - but always finding folk friendly, knowledgable, patient and ever willing to explain and help - not least our good FE himself! I've recommened PCA and the forums to umpteen friends etc!
I wouldn't want to be without either the magazine or the forums!
Long may they thrive!
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