Mom on a tablet!

This X’mas, we decided to connect my mother to the Internet, as she was getting increasingly bothered by various local and national administrations for not filling forms on-line and for preferring agent-based to web-based support… She was also complaining of not seeing our family pictures any longer, except when we were sending her a USB key for her digital photo frame. So we got an Internet connection package from the local provider, along with a Samsung tablet that was offered as part of the package. Terrific! The connection started working almost instantly, using the tablet proved very manageable for my mother who had never touched a computer before (and who cannot handle the DVD player on her own!), and she sent the first email of her life! As well as looked on google map for a restaurant on a local beach town for the first time! (Sadly most restaurants were closed for the winter… We still managed to have a superb shellfish lunch in Ouistreham, near the ferry harbour.) I think this was a better solution than providing my mother with a computer, since she will only use the browsing, Skyping, and emailing facilities of the machine, relying on USB keys to download photographs. A few hours after starting the whole process, I am still amazed at how easily she got into the thing.

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