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November 16th, 2012
01:48 pm
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MiL
She had a very old Fujitsu-Siemens PC, running XP in not enough memory. It was dire. Especially as with her eyesight, a quarter of half the webpages she looked at were off the edge of the screen.
So yesterday, having got halfway to the cinema before realising we'd left the 3D glasses at home, we switched to going to a major retail computer outlet and bought her a new PC.
Windows 8, eh?
Can't decide whether to do one of the hacks that loads the desktop at startup, or just tell her 2000 times to click on the desktop icon at the bottom left of the new GUI.
Can't decide whether to copy just the useful bits of the old PC to a USB HD, or to boot from a UBCD4W and just grab all of C: ... or just re-inst all her fave games.

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From:aellia
Date:November 16th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
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How lovely!! She'll have lots of fun with that.
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From:blackberry44
Date:November 16th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
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What a lovely man you are!
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From:oldbloke
Date:November 16th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
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I should perhaps point out that she paid for it...

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From:t__m__i
Date:November 16th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I put Classic Shell on one of my w8 vms because I was never very good at getting the mouse to do the right thing.
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From:femsc
Date:November 17th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
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I'm impressed that your MiL plays computer games.
I can relate entirely to the idea of "tell her 2000 times...", but in my case it's "tell her 2000 times that Google is a company and a website; Firefox is a computer programme - and they are not synomymous"
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From:oldbloke
Date:November 17th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
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Oh we have stuff like that. She doesn't fully understand that FF and IE are different - they both get the internet. You have a sentence that explains what FB is and you deliver it every week or so (FB on so she could have Lexulous, but then she never bothered).
"That whole column is just adverts, you can ignore it" - regularly, same ones. No idea what her passwords are or why she needs any.
The games are just stuff like Chuzzle, MahJongSolitaire, etc.
She does a bit of email, and refers to YouTube as That Thing That Has Funny Videos
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:November 17th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm an accountant and I get these problems.

"My computer isn't working."
"Did it give an error message?"
"Oh, it said something stupid, but I just closed it down"

This from the woman who constantly reminds us "I am a trained systems analyst"
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:November 17th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Use Social Fixer and Adblock plus to get rid of any adverts on FB (and pretty much all the other crap) and put the timeline into a single column.
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