Tuesday, September 04, 2007

This sounds familiar...

Here's something I read on the Slashdot blog:
"I work in a retirement/assisted living home. Many of the residents had never used the Internet but really find it fascinating once they are given a little training. However, I've stopped introducing it to them because of the drain it puts on me. There are a million and one things that a computer novice can screw up, and I don't have time to solve all of them. These folks don't need any sophistication. and they need only the most basic options. Adjustable text size would be nice, but otherwise — no email, no word processing or editing, no printing — just Internet browsing. This may not seem like a big market, but it's getting bigger every day! Is there an absolutely fool-proof device that can provide this without requiring virus scanners and constant attention?"

Substitute "school" for "retirement/assisted living home" and "teachers" for "residents" and I think I can understand what so many tech directors struggle with in providing access, filtering, virus protection, etc.

Read the responses to the post here: http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/03/219232&from=rss

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