Posted Nov 13, 2009 4:35 UTC (Fri) by eru
In reply to: New Linux-Based PCs Encourage Seniors To Learn The Internet (redOrbit)
Parent article: New Linux-Based PCs Encourage Seniors To Learn The Internet (redOrbit)
Any recommendations? What do other people do to set their grandparents up? I can't be the only person doing this!
I wrote about my similar experiences about a year ago in
this LWN comment, which also got one informative followup.
Some added detail:
Whats the simplest email client? The simplest photo viewer? The simplest browser?
We used a simple free webmail service, and I think it the best solution as it allows access to mail and the mail archive also from other computers if needed, and with the familiar interface. I used a local "Wippies" service, but in retrospect Gmail might have been better because it can display many Microsoft-format attachments without requiring them to be downloaded.
The browser is Firefox. I think less-common browsers are not good in this context because you want all pages to render without quirks as much as possible. Technical explanations about web standards and how many pages break them won't convince the granny.
Photo viewer was a bit of a problem. For a long time it was not needed, when it was, an immediate good solution was not installed on the machine and I was not at hand to help except by phone (I live some 300km away). I too would like to hear a good suggestion. Something that works just like a "slide projector" (one program on the machine was close but the UI was a bit too complex and I could not find out how to make it step through a directory full of pictures in a sane order: apparently the program used whatever was the directory entry order... i.e. essentially random).
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