computers, internet and social networking
Includes PC simplification software, personal computers for seniors, home routers, web conferencing, Skype-related, social networking, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:49
Windows 8 – the interface that needed a ‘Start Me Up’ revision. The emotion that has been unleashed by the launch of Windows 8 is fun to read about – unless you have a new computer pre-installed with it. Then you are in deep trouble – you are dealing with a mysterious user interface designed for a Windows phone that nobody will buy – nor will you – but sadly, you are running it on a computer. You cannot find the Start menu, locate a network printer, find where files are placed -- and that’s actually before you’ve done any work. The lack of a Start menu alone immediately spawned an entire software industry of add-ons! But thankfully, someone tells you about a downloadable START button – and you’ve taken one small step forward – at least until the complainers are silenced with Windows 8.1. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 08:57
Social Security has a smart phone app. Never one to be behind the technology times, Social Security has announced the availability of a smart phone site, noting that 35 million page views come via smart phones -- over what period, how many repeats, we can only guess. The site must be a work in process, however. Before I could even type my password into MySocialSecurity, a message informed me that the information which I had not yet requested was best viewed on a desktop. No kidding. There are more options and tidbits of information on the desktop site than on the mobile site, including the non-trivial process of applying for benefits. On a phone would be a study in persistence in the face of daunting obstacles. But life is good: "phone users can connect with Social Security on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest." Whew, if we couldn’t connect through Pinterest, I just don’t know what we’d do. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 16:24
A 16-year-old helps older clients with technology.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:33
A study teaching older people how to use programs like Facebook has found social media can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among seniors.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:58
Though lots of communities offer computer classes for older adults, the response has been mostly local and small-scale.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 07:39
Many older adults still do not have affordable, high-speed connectivity at home.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:39
Getting online, a priority for low-income children; but low-income seniors are being left behind.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 10:45
It’s a puzzlement – finding the organizations trying to get older adults online. Last June I wrote a post about getting older adults online – in particular, the age range from 75 and beyond – only 34% of those folks were online at that time. Yet so many organizations offer online assistance in coping with a variety of concerns of older adults, whether it is taxpayer assistance, help with online banking, obtaining coupons for grocery savings, even a Geek Squad coupon from AARP -- and it is, naturally, available online! -- to help with problems that older adults might have using computers. Duh. And a new campaign, Everyone On, has produced Connect2Compete, a public-private partnership that has been launched to help low-income individuals cross the digital divide – but only if they have a child on the ‘federal free and reduced-cost lunch programs.' >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 19:57
A study found that being isolated from family and friends linked to a 26% higher death risk over seven years.