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For the elderly person, that is constantly getting frustrated while trying to use the Internet, go to the Senior’s Guide to Computers website. It’s not a joke – it’s actually a website devoted to providing technical information about computers and the Internet in a manner we older folks are be able to understand.
Another useful site for computer novices to bookmark is Sandy Berger’s Compu-KISS site. Sandy’s site covers just about any aspect of computing that you can imagine. Her tutorials are very short, very simple, and offer screenshots to boot.
This is probably the most professionally done resource to learn computer basics. It comes directly from Microsoft at the Digital Literacy site. Here, you’ll find three “curriculum” levels – basic, standard and advanced. Each curriculum level provides a few tutorial videos that will walk the user through a list of lessons. The videos are animated, interactive and very high quality.
The video tutorials will request that you install Silverlight (http://www.silverlight.net/). Obviously, the installation of Silverlight may trip up a true novice, but the installation wizard will guide most any user through the installation process without difficulty.
Pressing the F1 key will bring up a context aware “help” dialog in most any computer. If you click F1 while on your desktop, it will bring up a general help dialog about your computer. If you click F1 while running an application, it will bring up a help dialog about that application. Some applications are even aware of what you are trying to perform and will give you specific help on that particular task. This is most likely the single most efficient way of learning about your computer or application.
The design is a bit outdated and the some of the graphics are cheesy, but after browsing through the site you’ll see that Jan offers useful instruction that really will teach computers to someone who absolutely has no clue how computers work.
Tildee is a site where you and others can easily create online tutorials and share them with others. If you know how to do something, not necessarily computer related, then sign up for an account, create your tutorial, and share it. Tildee makes it very easy for anyone to create a quality tutorial. Of course, if you need to know how to do something then you might want to search Tildee to see if someone has already posted a tutorial on the topic.
Eldy is a software that turns any standard PC into an easy-to-use computer for people that have never used a computer before or people that just want to ‘keep it simple’ and don’t need or want all the bells-and-whistles of Windows. The ‘Eldy desktop’ consists of a simple six button interface, yet it accommodates email, internet, chat, videoconferencing, documents, pictures, Skype and more. Continue reading