From XKCD.com - so very true.
So often someone will give me a mobile phone and say - "You're a techie/computer person can you fix this for me?"
I wish I had this in my pocket to give them.
Sometimes though some people do really want to learn, but you just don't have the time to help them every step of the way.
I learn best through a combination of tutorials, pictorials and project based or problem solving. So if you have someone who wants to learn "computers" try pointing them in these directions.
There are some good JAVA and .net tutorials as well.
http://inpics.net/index.html - I like this one becase it has step by step pictures.