Should the Mature Adult be Allowed Near a Computer?

Should the Mature Adult be Allowed Near a Computer? By Terry Portis, PhD Stories and videos of older adults being technologically awkward or clueless abound on the Internet. A cringe-worthy commercial from Europe shows an older man using his new iPad as a cutting board. Another shows an older lady pasting pictures of a vacation […]

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What’s Your Password? Wait, Don’t Tell Me!

TechKnow Savvy What’s Your Password? Wait, Don’t Tell Me! By Penelope Folsom We’re all well aware that there is no guarantee that our passwords will ever be completely safe, regardless of where they’re being stored. We’ve been told that it’s a bad idea to record them on an index card in your wallet, tape them […]

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App in a Snap

App in a Snap By Gail Fowler Are you thinking of cutting the cord? I mean the cable cord to your television.  As cable rates go up and up, and the channel selection seems endless in quantity, yet limited in quality, it becomes a more and more financially appealing consideration. You might wonder how this […]

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Best ComputerEtiquette Tips for 2013

  Best Computer Etiquette Tips for 2013           It’s not too difficult to imagine what Emily Post would have to say about the proper etiquette regarding email.  But in her absence, we’ll share our best tips to help you be a more successful correspondent. 1.  Answer your emails.  In this age of cyberspace there are […]

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Getting Started with an e-Reader

TechKnow Challenge Getting Started with an E-Reader By Pat Jurgens           Hoping to propel me into 21st century technology, and perhaps motivated by wanting to keep my reading light out of his eyes, my dear husband gave me a Nook Simple Touch e-reader. He thought I’d just turn it on and start reading e-books. Little […]

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What Exactly are “Apps?”

  What Exactly are “Apps?” By Scudder Sodergreen           Should one day you find yourself flying a Star destroyer through an asteroid belt with your buddy Darth Vader and his all-too-familiar voice rasps, “We’ve passed that asteroid before,” you’ll realize he’s right. But then you pull out your iPhone (imperial issue, of course) and pull […]

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Going Digital with Age

 Going Digital with Age By Neil Moran Many retirees are opting out of the rocking chair for a more active and productive lifestyle. One area they are getting into is photography. Taking pictures with a compact digital camera is relatively easy. However, if you want to take professional-looking  pictures, ones you could possible sell, you’ll […]

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SMART PHONES

Smart Phones By Scudder Sodergreen            Yesterday, as I was shopping for a new phone, and obviously under a tight budget, I was looking for one that called and texted, both of which are essential to my life.  When I entered the store, I was greeted by Miss Perma-Smile. She asked me what kind of […]

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App in a Snap

App in a Snap By Gail Fowler            It’s all about Apps today — those little programs you load onto your smart phone, in my case an iPhone. Sure, an iPhone is a phone, yet it’s so much more. It’s actually a small computer that fits in the palm of your hand, and just happens […]

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ALPHA SMART – The tool for the easily distractible

  ALPHA SMART  –  The tool for the easily distractible By  Penelope Folsom If you’re a writer or a wanna be writer or just someone who takes lots of notes – here’s a gadget that’s meant for you.  The AlphaSmart is a word processing keyboard – nothing more.  The simplicity of the operation is admirable.  […]

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Facebook Friends

Facebook Friends By Cindy Rott You hear your grandkids talk about it. Even some of your friends are doing it. So what’s the big deal? Why bother? E-mail is good enough, heck in my day you put a pen to paper. Well it’s the latest phenomenon, sweeping the country, everyone is on it, even, gasp […]

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Hands Free

TechKnow Challenge  Hands Free By Cindy Rott           Those of us born back when the only phone in the house was attached to the wall and had a rotary dial now find ourselves searching for a hands-free option for our cell phones.  Recently passed legislation in Maryland that requires hands-free operation of cell phones in […]

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eCourtesy

eCourtesy By Penelope Folsom Did you ever wonder why computers don’t come with etiquette instruction books that would remind us of the day-to-day courtesies that our mothers taught us.  Well, in the absence of your mother looking over your shoulder, here are a dozen quick and easy rules that will endear you to your e-mail […]

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An Appeal for TechKnow Etiquette

An Appeal for TechKnow Etiquette By Edree Downing      Imagine having to dish out advice on proper phone etiquette. Remember back when courtesy was the norm? No longer. And it’s not only your granddaughter who fails to exercise elementary civility. How about talking on the phone in movie theaters, restaurants and anywhere that you’re standing […]

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The iPad Could Be for You

The iPad Could Be for You By Scudder Sodergreen      It’s 1967. You’re stretched out on the couch watching the latest episode of Star Trek. Captain Kirk orders Scotty to “beam them up” and Scotty pulls out a square pad, taps it a few times and suddenly Kirk and his crew appear.       Fast forward […]

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