Computers for the over 60 set
April 12, 2010 11:05 AM Subscribe
My mom and step dad will shortly be needing a new computer and are planning on shopping this weekend. . . .
They currently have a 7-year old laptop (PC) with Window 2000 or 2003. Mostly they read their email, do a little web surfing, use Turbo Tax & Its Deductible and light document/spreadsheet stuff. They have a fax/copier/printer, a GPS system, Palm OS and a (I think) Canon camera all used through or connected at various times to the laptop. They also have WiFi through their cable hookup.
They are both retired professionals and sort of computer literate but a new computer should not heavy learning curve or they just won't bother (I currently have custody of mom's 3 yr old Palm OS because it was 'too complicated to mess with'). Step dad is heading for his 2nd hip replacement surgery in 12 days so portability would be a good thing.
I (and a sibling) have spent many hours cleaning up their current computer from spyware, adware etc. because neither one remembers to update the software. They also don't care to do the numerous Windows updates -- my mother called them 'a pain in the ass'.
I had previously suggested getting a new laptop *and* a netbook so they could have better access and usability but now I am seriously thinking of taking mom down to an Apple store to check out the iPad.
Askme, is that a good or bad idea?? If it is totally unthinkable, please give me suggestions on alternatives.