A new computer called SimplicITy has been aimed at people over the age of 60
who have never before used PCs or the Internet, BBC News reported.
The simplified desktop has just six buttons directing users to basic tasks
such as e-mail and chat and each machine is pre-loaded with 17 video
tutorials from television presenter Valerie Singleton. The SimplicITy
computer has no login screen when started up, and contains no drop-down
The made-to-order computer can be ordered by mail and takes two weeks from
request to delivery.Singleton set up the project in partnership with Wessex
Computers and Discount-age, her website aimed at older people.
A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics in August 2009 revealed
that 6.4 million people over 65 have never used the Internet.Singleton said
the number of older people who do not have computers shocked her.
"I think pe... (more)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mrs. President and First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad:
I wrote an open letter addressing you and Mr. President seven months ago.
I've been informed that you read my letter. I've also been informed that you
will read this follow-up letter as well.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
Seven months ago, at the tender age of 17 months, my severely ill daughter
Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in
Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Following her abd... (more)
If you have read the book "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams,
then you should not miss this new book "Grown Up Digital" by Don Tapscott.
Ten years ago, the same author wrote a book entitled "Growing Up Digital" -
and, this book is a sequel and traces how the Net-Geners have evolved.
The book was inspired by a US$4M project "The Net Generation: a Strategic
Investigation" started by the company "New Paradigm" founded by the author
and funded by large companies. With a survey of 11,000 young people, this
book looks at the new generation who have literally grown up dig... (more)
Yahoo's got three more universities using its cloud supercomputer cluster,
also known as M45 and operational since November 2007. Berkeley, Cornell and
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon in
conducting large-scale systems software research and exploring new
applications that analyze Internet-scale data sets ranging from voting
records to online news sources.
Carnegie Mellon has been using it for over a year, resulting in the
publication of more than two dozen academic papers.
The cluster has approximately 4,000 processor cores and 1.5 petabytes of... (more)
Dear Dr. Fournier:
My teenage son has been employed all summer and has done an excellent job. He
hasn't missed a day of work and I've been thrilled with his show of
initiative. He will be a junior in high school when school resumes in a few
weeks. He has enjoyed earning his own spending money and does not want this
to end just because school is resuming. So, he has asked for permission to
work during the school year for more spending money. When I hesitated, he
offered to help pay for his car insurance. We're so proud of the
responsibility he has shown, and paying part of his c... (more)
Today’s column begins with two letters I received from parents concerned
with new disciplinary rules that have been enacted for the new school year
that has already started in some parts of the country.
Dear Dr. Fournier:
My son is back in school but at registration, I was handed a copy of the new
discipline policy. On the first day of school, he and his classmates got an
explanation of the policy and it has scared him to death. He cries, doesn’t
want to go to school, and says he can’t do his work because he is afraid.
He’s 9 years old and in the 4th grade. He has always bee... (more)