Re: Free or paid learning?


Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Sharon wrote in part:

"I'm curious about how most of us would want to learn technology. Would you
prefer to glean free resources, or would it be better to get paid tutorials
and training?"

Difficult question to answer. I think that most of the answers will be
subjective. Each individual must necessarily do that which makes such a one
more comfortable with the learning process.

For me, I take joy in tinkering, making my trillion mistakes and then
figuring out ways to fix whatever problems I create. It can be daunting,
time-consuming, but I'm never in a hurry and I'm not seeking to join any
number of gurus for a talent show. When I do get stuck, I ask questions
either in this space, or use some other source to get myself back on the
right track. For instance, I have not migrated to Windows10 yet; a part of
me DOES NOT WISH TO; why? Because I want to DITCH WINDOWS and KEEP RUNNING
with My Shiny Android Toys! I took that decision following the death of my
preferred Windows screen reader, Window-Eyes! I'm getting much more done
lately with My Shiny Android Toys and the push towards Windows10 has no real
effect on me. If secondary work causes me to migrate to Windows10 for a
while, I believe I am equal to the challenge.

I always check things out in the mainstream first before giving anythought
to specialized anything for the blind. If, for instance, there is no free
tutorial on a subject I am investigating, but such a tutorial is available
in the mainstream at a price point I feel comfortable with, then I'll buy
the needed tutorial from the mainstream. No doubt there are brilliant minds
amongst us who produce great tutorials; I have not liked the price points on
most of these and so I leave well alone.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado

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