Is there a 'start from zero' tutorial?

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http://forums.androidcentral.com – This morning I couldn't figure out how to dismiss a reminder from my calendar except by deleting the event. That's absolutely ridiculous. I'm not an *****. I'm new to Android but I'm very experienced with Windows-so why is Android so hard to use? Perhaps I need to start by understanding where to look for advice. As I understand it Google produces 'standard' Android, the phone manufacturer modifies it adding/removing/replacing apps, and then the carrier further modifies the app set at least. (Does the carrier ever modify Android itself? That doesn't seem likely to me. More likely they simply (HowTos)