I spent about two weeks working through the tasks, with two main work sessions during this period. I found the word processing and presentation tasks to be quite straight-forward. I most struggled with the relational database task and the FTP/VPN tasks. Given that these skills are all new to me, I encountered a steep learning curve. I went to the tutorial for relational databases but both it and the online guidance teach access databases, which I do not have on my own computer. I wanted to learn to use an open source software (such as MySQL community server) that I could use both at home and also perhaps in future at a work place that does not have access to Access.