excuse me for being a dummy, but I cant help it, I am pretty much clueless when it comes to stuff like this.
I am an average person with basic computer skills - not a programmer or developer or the like, I rely heavily on other people's knowledge and skills in that department.
My story - I am looking at "opening" an online store using OSCommerce, but would like to "test drive" it so to speak before going live. On the OSC site someone else asked about doing just that and it was recommended to them to use XAMPP to do this - with very little else said about your product.
So off I go to download XAMPP - sounds like a great deal.
WHOA! Ok, here is where I get Lost. downloaded XAMPP, no problem, "opened" the package - opened the "readme"txt...uh-oh...i may have made a mistake here...it says in the readme.txt to unpack on a USB drive - dont have one....ok coach, so now what??
I try reading further, looking to get more information out of the file...uh, hmmm, all greek to me.
I would love
to learn more about this kind of stuff, but the problem I run into is that 99.9% of the information that is out there is written for/geared towards those that have at least a tiny clue - i dont have even that! I can Google all day and understand maybe 1/10,000th of what comes up...
All i really want to do is be able to emulate an online store for testing purposes before going live with it.
My system is Win98SE (yeah, I know, ancient), 1.3Ghz processor, 512Gig memory, two HD's - "C" for operating sys and programs, "D" for storage - pretty basic stuff, no special partitions or anything...
Can I even USE XAMPP on my 'puter? or can I run it from, say, a memory card?? have several SD memory cards available to me (what size would be recommended??)
Please be gentle with me. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
(ps: i did try a search for "new user" but got nothing on the english side...there was something in another language that looked like it could be interesting, but I am not multi-lingual and could not read it)
Thanks in advance.
sign me "Clueless"