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Are there any sites or books that can help me understand how computers work?

I have just graduated high school and for now I'm planning on going to community college to take my regular undergraduate classes. My dream has always been to write comic books. I am planning out my own comic series now, but before I can write comics I want a stable career that will pay well. So I have decided to try and pursue a career in computers since I hear that computer jobs are expanding and many computer jobs pay well. Also, I'm on my laptop every single day just surfing the net and playing games. I figure it would be a good career for me. I hope to one day go to university and if I do go I think I would major in computer science. But I'm not sure if I will ever be able to afford university so I'm looking into some vocational schools that can get me a job as soon as I graduate but I'm not sure if I should do that either. Anyways, I have a friend who spends all his time on his computer. He has I think 4 desktops and 2 laptops and hes always taking them apart and putting pieces together and he knows alot about how computers run and work. He even helped me set up windows xp on my old laptop, and offered to build me a powerful desktop if I paid about him 600 for the parts. He really seems like a computer technician but we're both only 18. I want to learn all this stuff as well. I barely know anything about computers and their parts and how to run everything but since I might be working with computers as a career I feel I need to know all I can. Does anyone know of any books or websites for complete amateurs who know nothing about computers? Any help is really greatly appreciated:) Also I am not sure if it pays well or if it would help at all to know more on the subject, but I'm considering being some sort of video game designer or working with creating games as the specific computer career I wanted. Or perhaps i could be some other kind of computer technician? Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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those link are pretty good!Jacob's link are the best... More
Answered By: silvercats - 12/17/2012
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Here are some good websites for just starting out: http://www.beyourownit.com/videos/ http://www.professormesser.com/free-a-plus-training/220-701/professor-messers-free-220-70x-comptia-a-training-course/
Answered By: jako800 - 12/17/2012
 
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