He's seriously disappointed in the attitude of a Newbie that has approached him for help. I don't blame him, and I doubt anybody else will.
One of the points I have tried really hard to get across, through some earlier postings on my blog, and in my presentation, is that if you want other people to help you, you have to learn to help yourself first.
You can't demand that other people tell you step by step what to do, to me that is tantamount to asking them to do your job for you.
I've said all this, and more in my How to be a Good Newbie and Newbie Hints and tips posts.
I've even gone so far as to suggest the things you need to know, and what are the best ways of learning them.
In being a Newbie, the most important part of the learning process is to actually 'understand' what you are doing. Blindly following instructions, without fully understanding what you are doing and why you are doing it is just plain dangerous.
Read the concepts guide, read the backup and recovery manuals and try things out on a test system in order to make sure that you understand what you have learned.
It is attitudes like the person in Tom's post that give Newbies a bad name.
Being a Newbie DBA is a challenge in itself, please don't make it more difficult than it needs to be.