another idiot (me) needs armature help

i’ve been trying to follow this old tut on armatures
http://www.blender3d.org/documentation/htmlI/x7613.html
and having no luck at all. i’m wondering if anyone has made a tut
that is using blender 2.40, or maybe just something newer than this
older one.
thanks for being patient with me.

newer info from the wiki

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/PartIX

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro/Advanced_Tutorials/Advanced_Animation/index

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Release_Notes/Rig_Editing

Hello

check this one, maybe useful:
http://otothecleaner.free.fr/tutorials/Flor/flor.html

Bye