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Technology is a neutral force and it takes a creative mind to put any tool to a meaningful use. No computer will ever be able to figure out what you are thinking until you instruct the machine. Computers are a powerful tool that can help you to realize a project's completion, but only if you know ahead of time what your own hopes are for any given project. Do not assume as a user that you are stretching the power of a computer. As with the brain, usually only a very low percentage of a computer's full potential is ever applied at any one time, so make the machine work. If you are not sure how to use a computer, then the best way to learn is by blundering forward. Don't be afraid. Fear simply keeps you from gaining skills. You won't break a computer by pushing buttons. By experimenting with the machine, you will either fail or you will succeed in achieving a goal. If you fail, try to figure out why. If you succeed, you'll then know how to to achieve that goal in the future. In either case, you'll gain greater skill in putting a neutral tool to better use.

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Lilac's Book. A book for my daughter.    By Bill Orton.

Lilac's Book has been on   HIPPYLAND LOGO   continuously since January 3, 1997.

Anyone may have a FREE copy of the entire text of Lilac's Book by going to the Download page.

Back in 1994, I wrote this book, largely in random order, as a gift for my infant daughter.   When I finished the first version of the book, I made photocopies and handed them out to anyone who was interested.   In 1996, I converted the text of the book into web format and thanks to the gracious and steadfast support from this mighty site, the book has been on Hippyland continuously since January 3, 1997.   As far as I can tell from webstats over the past few years, about 3000 people a year are visiting the page to download the full text of the book.   If just a portion of these visitors are downloading the text, then this free book is now in the hands of thousands of people.   This makes me feel that the gift is not just for Lilac, but for thousands of others, most especially for the teenagers and young adults who so often write to me trying to figure out their place in our world.

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