Computers & Seniors

17 years ago

Computers seem to be great for kids. That isn’t always the way it is for us seniors. For beginners, kids today are born knowing the keyboard. We have to learn it – over and over – every day. As if that isn’t bad enough, computers have more icons than English has letters.
    My computer is always putting me down. It keeps showing me messages saying I should switch to high speed. Miserable machine. It knows full well that I can’t keep up with how it is now.
Me and my computer tolerate each other – sort of. For instance, it tells me there is something wrong with the word “Me” in that last sentence. Of course there wouldn’t be anything wrong with “computer.”
I’ve considered pulling the plug. But that would be admitting defeat – sort of. Now that I’ve started with the things, I’ve got to keep going.
OK, so I’m not doing too great with my computer. To be fair to the things, however, they for sure do great things for some seniors. For instance, my wife received this e-mail from a senior lady relative.
How to Clean the House
Open a new file in your PC. Name it housework. Send it to the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin.
Your PC will ask you, “Are you sure you want to delete housework permanently?” Calmly answer, “Yes,” and press the mouse button firmly.
Feel better? Works for me.
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