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Need a program for a total newbie, 54 yrs old - how to use a computer... tutorials??

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by pangris, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. pangris

    pangris Moderator

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    My dad had never used computers at the ripe old age of 54. He must learn as he is driving everyone crazy at work. Can't send e-mails, can't type, can't burn stuff to a disc, etc etc etc.

    We're about to lynch him.

    I saw a program a few years back where it was a "learn to use a computer" tutorial where you put the CD in and it taught you the basics - what a mouse was, how to save, etc.

    I need something like this for him before I beat him with my laptop. Suggestions?

    Paul
     
  2. Nyper

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    I just googled and found this link:
    http://www.seniorlink.com.au/

    I have NO CLUE whether it is any good or not, so I'm not recommending it. Just passing on the link. :)
     

  3. David_G17

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    pangris,

    Go easy on the "old man". Always remember that old age and treachery will overcome youth and in-experience. I'm older than your father but six years ago I didn't even know how to turn on on of these "devil's devices". I still can't type, even though I took a typing course at a local college. I had to learn computor basics but I was lucky in that I had a good instructor, who had a lot of patience.

    See if there is a community college, high school, learning center, etc. and get him to take a course. Set him up at a home computer and let him play. Find a kid that is willing to tutor him. There are some senior centers that teach "old farts".

    I used to bug my grand-kids with questions. I don't know how many times I've called them asking how to do something. After they stopped laughing because grand-pa was so dumb, they'd help and I learned a lot from them.

    Show him how to get to this site and let him read the various posts. I come here daily and have learned a lot and never been ridiculed for asking dumb questions.

    John
     
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    go to barnes & noble and for 15.99 pick up a copy of PC for dummies
     
  6. grokdesigns

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    I agree with the community college idea. Most of them offer a very basic introduction to computers (around here it's CIS105) and I think that would be very helpful. Another good site for him to ask advice on is broadbandreports.com.