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3rd Monday Event

Promoting the Use of IT for Older People by Andrew Beaumont

Date: Monday, 21st May 2012
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

Download this Presentation

Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Andrew Beaumont for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

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Initially computers were designed to be used mostly by young, graduates, not having health or communication issues. Furthermore, early computers were not easy to use, and had slow, awkward textual interfaces (such as ‘cd’, to change directory), rather than the friendlier, modern graphical ones - using images.

Today, the aim, if not the reality, is for everyone on the planet to become IT-literate, and enthusiastic about it. Major software systems such as Windows 7, Linux or Word are available in most international languages (English, French, Russian, and Arabic); - there are exceptions such as those used by Native Americans, like the Apache.

Although the majority of single user computers are Microsoft compatible PCs, the ideas expressed in this presentation are equally applicable to Mac (and UNIX) users, who quite rightly continue to support these excellent technologies.

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