Celebrating Older People’s IT Skills

Next week on October 1st it will be Older People’s Day.  Celebrating the contribution that older people make in society.  I work with charities, and housing associations, both in a voluntary and paid capacity.  I encounter a great sweep of older people, who give up their own time to help others get online.   I Read More …

Moving on from Windows XP

At the beginning of the year, I highlighted the issue that Windows XP was going to lose support from Microsoft in 2014.  Here we are in the middle of August, and I am still encountering people who are still using XP, or who are not aware of what is happening next year and how it Read More …

Protection from the Sun?

Yes that’s right.  Not only do we have to protect our skins in this sunny weather. We also have to make sure our computing devices are going to cope as well. So here are few things to be aware of hardware wise, and also with your own personal security. First of all, whether you connect Read More …

Getting Digital Goes On

Three years ago, I was fortunate to be involved in a programme called Get Digital.   A Government scheme jointly administered by NIACE and Digital Unite.  The purpose was to help people in sheltered housing and residential homes, obtain equipment and tutorial support to get online through Government funding.  The homes applied for a limited sum of money.   The equipment Read More …

Windows 8 an upgrading experience

I am of the general opinion that  Window 8 was designed to cater for the tablet and smartphone market, and recently upgrading my 3 year old laptop has further confirmed my view.  My laptop is not touchscreen, and although I am getting around the system at a comfortable pace, I am finding some movements to Read More …

Applying Useful Technology to Real Life

When people first meet me and ask me about my occupation, they don’t say ‘that sounds interesting’, they look at me with bewilderment and ask me to explain a little further. I consider my role as fairly unique as it based a lot upon past and present work experiences, but it also may fit the Read More …

No Account Needed

One of the most challenging aspects for some, and indeed in particularly older people, when they first start using the Internet, is the constant need to create an account, in order to use a website service.  If you want to use e-mail you must create an account.  If you want to use Facebook you need Read More …

Using accessibility tools could extend our agility

Most operating systems on computing devices, now come equipped with tools which enable a fair range of people who live with a physical challenge,  to get the most out of their device and access Internet services.  As someone who teaches people to use technology, I feel that I might have took the wrong view of Read More …

Is it wise to buy anything with 4G technology yet?

Hot on the announcement of Everything Everywhere’s promise to provide 4G to 16 UK cities by end 2012.  Who at this stage in time is going to benefit from the advent of  4G?   Is it worth investing in to devices that state they are 4G compliant? Many of the clients I encounter don’t understand Read More …