If I could offer you only one tip for the future, screen protectors would be it.
The long-term benefits of screen protectors are many and various and the rest of my advice is based on my meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now...
Enjoy the power and beauty of your PC, oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your PC until it fails to boot. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how glad you are that you took the time to back them up properly.
You’re files are not as safe as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that operating systems will come and operating systems go and we will always believe that the one we first learnt on was the best.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that wipes your hard drive on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that secures you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s tablets, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don’t waste your time on jealousy, the best computer today, will be replaced in a week… the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember the tweets you receive, forget the spam, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old hardware, throw away your cold coffee.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your Facebook…
The most interesting 22 year olds I know, didn’t know what they wanted to do with Twitter, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Get a good antivirus.
Be kind to your smartphone, you’ll miss it when it's gone.
Maybe you’ll buy an iPad, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll go with Android, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll invest in Google glass, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken and get something with dual boot.
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either.
Your choices are mostly financial, so are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your gadget, use it every way you can… don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it could be the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Google… even if you have nowhere to do it but on your smartphone.
Read the directions, please try to follow them.
Do NOT download toolbars, they will only make your computer slow.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll need help with Skype.
Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to loan you extra money when you want a new computer.
Understand that friends come not from Facebook but from actually meeting people.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in technology and lifestyle because the older you get, the more of a pain in the arse it is to keep up with the young.
Use Internet Explorer once, but stop before it makes you crazy; use Firefox once, but stop before you want to use Flash.
Accept certain inalienable truths, operating systems will be replaced, hardware will fail, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young, XP was infallible, prices were reasonable, hardware was more sturdy and children didn't drop there tablets.
Don't drop your tablet.
Don’t expect anyone to backup for you.
Maybe you have an external hard drive, maybe you have 500GB cloud storage, but they are useless if don't you use them!
Don’t mess too much with your Bios, or by the time you're done, it will crash and burn.
Be careful whose advice you take, but, be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of help, dispensing it is a way of keeping you out of the shit, or getting you out once you are in, this is my advice for what it’s worth.
But trust me on the screen protectors…