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glfaholic wrote:Noted.. touchy mothers are afoot.
My question is.. if you take it into a coffee shop or an airport, how intuitive is it to connect it to wifi assuming you only know how to open internet explorer and solitaire. I tried to get my mother an android tablet a year or so ago and she called me to try and connect to wifi in an airport and gave up in about 5 minutes and it has sat collecting dust in a drawer since then.
Age or inexperience aside, it just isn't a "Nerf" toy world where nothing can go wrong and nothing can hurt you. Some of this stuff (including cameras) requires some patient time reading and studying the instructions. People of all ages are so distracted today and have short attention spans. Or, as an IT friend once quipped, "Some people should just have typewriters."
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.
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Sorry if I am over sensitive to this older people don't understand electronics crap--I get it every time I go to the store to shop for electronics--and I usually know more than the kid talking down to me.
I feel ya, I'm in my 60s, got my first computer in 1979.
But in semi-retirement, I do 4 hours a day of internet support for a DSL provider, receiving customer calls through a VPN, and I cannot tell you how many times I've spoken to folks a decade younger than me who contract brain freeze as soon as they have to do anything more complex than clicking a brightly colored weblink.
It's not that it's actually difficult -- the most complex thing we're likely to do involves running ipconfig, or swapping around some ethernet cords -- but the word "computer" seems to render them helpless.
Technically, the glass is always full.