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    Default Re: Getting old, with technology

    No way am I going to hand my money over for the latest or oldest Apple anything (I noticed that the older ones were still up for grabs also). Another monthly bill that I don't need, nor can afford.

    I do find it amusing myself when a new Apple product is released, watching the final countdown for the stores to open. These folks are nuts, standing outdoors all night, regardless of weather, to grab two at the most, of their latest gadget, when no doubt these same has enough money to pay for overnight shipping to their home. Can't wait one more business day, perhaps none, since pre orders are accepted.

    Now my wife wants a GPS unit, since riding with her sister with one. Can't even run a simple notebook with XP on it, all she has to do is close the lid, it sleeps, opens it, it wakes up. That's not her problem. Being that she can't run Firefox with NoScript setup for protection, & IE8 is three years old (I don't want her to use that), I installed Opera for her & keep it updated. With Speed Dial for her favorite sites, it's a perfect fit for her.

    Here is the problem. After having 15 to 20 pages open looking at different items, then closing the lid, she wonders why Speed Dial (the default Opera Home page) doesn't open. I can't seem to drive it through to her that she needs to close the pages entirely & run CCleaner (oh, forget trying to explain Disk Cleanup). Nor does she run short virus & spyware scans, I already have these things to auto update.

    Can't take pictures with a simple digital camera, either. Though the camera is set to the intelligence option, to compensate for lighting, in/outdoors, etc. I have no problem with it. Seriously, she has to practice turning the camera on & off before she leaves to her granddaughter's activities & still can't get it right?

    And she wants a GPS unit? Seriously, it's hard on me to get in & out of a car, I only get out when absolutely necessary. That's with her driving, I'm no longer legally allowed to at this time.

    It'll just end up being something else for me to worry with. I already print maps, using Google Earth, for her when she goes to see her folks in eastern NC, about 150 to 250 miles away, depending upon whom she's visiting. These maps gives precise turn by turn directions, from our driveway to theirs. 12 to 20 turns, how simple can it get? They have always been right, she misread the steps (turned in the wrong direction).

    Needless to say, I'm hoping that she'll forget about this idea, but know that she'll won't. Her sister will convince her that she "needs" one, & that Google Earth is outdated stuff. She also keeps the latest iPhone, saying that the last model is "behind the times". Where does her sister thinks that her GPS unit & Apple phone gets their map info from? Atlas Maps?

    And she's another that only knows two positions on the stove, High & Off. A cup (as in measurement), is the first cup that she sees when opening the cabinet. I love her, going on our 25th anniversary in March, but she's not a very technical person at all.

    Cat

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    Cat,
    I had to chuckle over your post. My wife also isn't tech savvy, even though she owned a desktop computer for many years before I got interested in computers. When her desktop quit working I let her use an old Dell which I had upgraded to windows7. She couldn't figure out how to shut it down so she ask our 4 year old grand daughter ( I kid you not ) who told her to just hit the power button. She was shutting it off like this for a couple of weeks before I realized what she was doing.
    I did buy her a GPS also and she seems to be able to use this just fine. No regrets about buying this for her because she can get lost just going around the block. When her old cell phone quit working I gave her my smart phone, but she really doesn't seem to know how to use it. Just using the camera required me to show her many times. I no longer have a phone which has its good and bad points. The wife is paying for the monthly charge so that's one bill I no longer have to pay. I love that, but I do miss the phone. It was like having a mini computer with you at all times, but the monthly charges are just to high to justify having one.

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    I have to agree on that, those smartphones are costly, especially when one goes over their data limit. Though honestly, unless one is using it a lot of downloading, or tethering it as a computer internet connection (against the rules for some carriers) I can't see a phone using 5GB of data per month. AT&T used not to permit it here with the iPhone, don't know if the rule still applies or not. 3G is too slow for me anyway.

    But most everyone that I know seems to have one, either an iPhone or Android, & says they can't live w/o it. If I were still working, no doubt, my former employer would require me to have one, can't miss an "important" email that could wait until I got back to the distribution center office. One of my former colleagues told me that the company placed GPS devices in their company cars, not for getting directions (they're in an unknown location of the car), but to make sure that management wasn't using company cars for personal use.

    My opinion, I seen these devices as another leash around my neck. Management is already expected to work 60 hours per week to begin with (at most places), & at many, they can't turn these devices off, even on holidays. The company is #1.

    Sooner rather than later, I'll probably end up buying her a GPS, hopefully they're easy to use, even for a novice & gets regular updates for map accuracy. I wouldn't want one that doesn't self update, or at a minimum, has a USB connection to update with from a computer. Being that they're some type of wireless devices, seems that the update would be automated at intervals.

    Cat

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