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I don't quite know how it happened, but my parents finally got the Internet / computing bug. Last year, my Dad bought a Dell Studio and my Mom bought an HP Mini. For the longest time, they went largely underused -- my Dad used his to play pinball, and my Mom, well, she hasn't been using hers at all. For the most part, the HP Mini fell into my hands.

But not anymore. Slowly, my two senior citizens have been getting the hang of things. My Dad has moved up to web browsing and photo management, and he's added Chromium BSU to his game repertoire. He's using Windows Vista, though, so his story isn't of much interest here (the Dell Studio came with the operating system, so it felt like a waste to wipe it out.)

My Mom, on the other hand....

Grandad is using Ubuntu Netbook Remix

So, after recently having had an Uncle move over to Canada from the UK, and with my grandad getting on a bit, but figurng out Facebook is a good way to keep his family communicating, i was asked about getting him a Laptop for Xmas. As it happened i have a Dell Mini 9 which i figured if he isn't using after 5 months i'd reclamim, but was worth the effort getting him onto skype.

So, with ubuntu netbook remix installed, a person who has only ever used Windows, is now using Ubuntu.. and he probably doesn't even know. This is the way it should be. He clicks on a firefox icon which loads Facebook, Gmail and Google in seperate tabs on startup, and he answers skype when it rings.

Now i could have gone down the route of selling Ubuntu, gone overboard on the whole Its better than Windows thing.. but instead, he has a mouse, icons and a browser.. and he is happy..

Senior Citizens Are Not Stupid

This article seems to take a condescending attitude toward senior citizens.

I am 67 years old and retired. I live in a 'seniors only' mobile home park. I used to be a Windows 'geek' and now I am an Ubuntu 'geek'. I make a little cash helping my neighbors with their Windows problems. I even converted one to GNU/Linux.

I maintain a blog where I publish many Linux related articles.

Age has no relation to computer skills. No, my college did not offer computer science classes back in the 60's, but soon after graduation I was employed as a programmer.

Why are younger people so conceited?

Re: Why are younger people so conceited?

It's the same situation you say 'seniors' are in.

Not all seniors are doddering Alzheimer's victims. That's what you see portrayed by the mass media though.

Not all "younger" people are fixated on youth or think that older people are disconnected from the world of technology. Though from many posts and media results, that's the impression out there.

I know that I myself have been around enough people over 50 who profess ( sometimes constantly and loudly) to not understand technology or want anything to do with it. They get all the attention.

On the other hand, I have had the privilege to work with some guys who are now in their 70's who have seen the computer go from a calculator to what we have today. Not only seen it, but have been a part of it.

As a matter of fact, these guys are probably the most enthusiastic Linux geeks I know. They are who got me into Linux while I was still working with Novell Netware.

So, you can partly blame those older folks who just want to be cantankerous and loud for attempting to speak for all seniors and part blame those 'youngbloods' who are dumb enough to buy into the falseness of that.

Big Bear

re: blog (was seniors)


I maintain a blog

where's that?

Yellow pants syndrone.

birdydon wrote:
This article seems to take a condescending attitude toward senior citizens.

I am 67 years old and retired. I live in a 'seniors only' mobile home park. I used to be a Windows 'geek' and now I am an Ubuntu 'geek'. I make a little cash helping my neighbors with their Windows problems. I even converted one to GNU/Linux.

I maintain a blog where I publish many Linux related articles.

Age has no relation to computer skills. No, my college did not offer computer science classes back in the 60's, but soon after graduation I was employed as a programmer.

Why are younger people so conceited?

It is those yellow checkered pants with the white belt strapped under your boobs that make people think ya ain't right anymore in the head. hee hee Just kidding!

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