My folks don't know anything about computers. My dad runs his own business. He uses his computer offline, writes his reports for his SOHO as though the PC is a typewriter [I've set up libreoffice and word on his computer] and then gets me to email every report. He cannot email. He cannot surf the net. He doesn't know what a browser is. If any box comes up on his PC [ e.g update needed] he panics and contacts me for help.
Now he says to me "you're going to teach me how to use a computer". He seem to want to learn. It isn't clear what he wants to know. It's probably a vicious circle that because he knows so little he cannot know what he might need to know.
I don't know what to think. I am not great with computers. I was brought up in a pre-internet era [left school early 90's] and I am after many blunders self-taught. I even had to teach myself how to turn a computer on. But I do know things like Linux and virtual boxes and how to dual boot and back up. I even set up ruby on rails once even though the internet instructions were wrong!! I reckon for that and setting up a TOR relay [ don't try that one at home folks!] I ought to get a medal! Honestly for someone who's never been to a class on computers I have more talent than some people with comp sci degrees. Sadly Comp Sci was not a subject in my era.
Anyway, I am not qualified to teach anyone computers. That's the first problem. Should I be teaching it rather than someone who is qualified? I don't feel comfortable doing it. Also, I have set up my computer in some ways that are a bt idiosyncratic that would not be friendly for a beginner as a learning environment. But if I get someone else to teach him what do I do? Does anyone teach that level? I am cynical; nobody seems to care about beginners. it's just get a 5 day course going for 3000 bucks in the Rialto on striped arrays and RAID.
Has anyone had this situation before? Thank you.