From the Editor
I recently took my young daughter to the Natural History Museum, thinking she would be awed by the dinosaur bones. While she was impressed (“Wow, they’re gigantic!”), what most captivated her was an exhibition on learning, particularly a video explaining how children develop skills by making mistakes.
It made me wonder whether of all human inventions the internet best encapsulates this trial-and-error approach (though the modern TV remote control comes close). Every day online feels like an experiment in clicking links, installing extensions and tweaking settings, as you work out what improves your browsing and suits your preferences. Twenty years since I first went online, I’m still making mistakes, and I’m still learning from them.
I’d like Computeractive to encourage a similar sense of eager curiosity, which is why I asked Jane Hoskyn to write the Missing Manual to the Internet. Her tips may not spark the same wide-eyed astonishment as a five-metrehigh tyrannosaurus rex, but I’m confident they’ll improve the time you spend on the web.