Thank you JohnnyApple for the welcome message .
I guess the best reply and thank you is to introduce myself. Well, here goes.
My very first baby steps and later actually professional use were with a Sinclair Spectrum 48 in late 1984.
By 1990 I had had quite enough of its whopping 48 KB RAM and its warp speed Opus FDD for 180 KB SSSD diskettes (that means a Floppy Disk Drive for 180 KB Single-Sided Single-Density 3.5" floppy disks, if you're young enough not to remember those). So I bought my first real personal computer, an i80286 with a math coprocessor and a 40 MB Syquest SCUSI HDD. That caused me to become a DOSosaur as that machine had not enough power to run Windows 2.x, let alone Windows 3.xx.
But meanwhile I got thoroughly infected with the IT-bug. That led me to start (1996) assembling my own desktop computers, always in pairs, one for my work office and one for my home office. As the machines grew in power or got replaced, I also evolved from MS Windows 95 to MS Windows 7, skipping a couple of versions along the way, depending on the power of my then current machines.
At 68 I am now professionally retired, but my interest in hard- and software hasn't waned. I shall continue to use MS Windows computers (1 desktop + 1 laptop) because I am legally required to be able to access the data of my 37 year professional career for up to 30 years after retirement. And also it is said that an old dog doesn't learn new tricks.
Since I retired at the age of 65, you can expect me to live up to 95, at least. Yay ... :p
Finally, just to prove that 68 isn't all that old for new tricks, I bought an iPad 2 as a Christmas present to myself.
I'm thinking it will come in handy to consult ViaMichelin's maps of hotels and restaurants, from my car, while I'm along the way when driving to Portugal early next year. I'll also have a guide with a city map for strolling around in Porto and Lisbon and visiting their surroundings.
Now I need practice and info on how to use this newfangled thing. That's why I'm here, though I won't renege on Microsoft yet.
Please don't consider me a rotten apple ... ;)
Congrats on the iPad and welcome to the forum!
Hi and welcome to the Forum!
A very nice intro!
The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.
We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
Tutorial on creating posts on the Forum
Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
3 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
We have rules like any Community so please read these also
Once again we welcome you here and are so pleased you have joined us!