The Internet

Getting started with the Internet

Information overload

The abundance of information on the internet can feel overwhelming at times. There is a tendency to spend a lot of time surfing the net and/or downloading files, editing files etc.   As a result people can shut down totally from going on the internet or feel that it is too complex to use, especially if they have not gotten used to using it over the years.  This may be true for some older people but many older people are very computer savvy with their niche software.  I have one friend who is 68 and is a guru with Garage Band, a program that generates music scores on a computer screen and can generate print outs of scores in different keys for different instruments.

I am in the process of making up a chart up of my recommendations on websites/software that are easy to use and may be of some value to theunretired.

Mobile Devices/hardware

Ipads

The table format has become my new best friend.  Sad n’est pas? I just love my Ipad.  I am an Ipad evangelist.  Ok is is true I own Apple stock so there is some bias here.  I have the Ipad mini which severed me well in my trip to Mexico in December.  There are now Ipads that are cellular enabled so you don’t need to take an Iphone with you.  However that is just wishfully thinking as the phone is easier to carry around.  The new Ipad pro coms with a stylus for drawing programs.

Cell phones

I have no knowledge of cell phones so can only speak about my iphone which I have been using since the Iphone4.  I  will list the useful apps I have on my phone and what they do shortly.  I especially like the transit apps.

Ipod

The chief value of the ipod is that the battery doesn’t run down as fast as the battery in the iphone so you can listed to music for a couple of hours.

Navigating the internet

Site functions value
Facebook Set up your account. personal site created by you, open to viewing by  your friends by adding them.  You can upload pictures or links to other sites. 5/5  Good way to stay connected with friends and family or special interest groups.  Easy to use.
Twitter  Set up your account.

Brief news feeds from selected organizations or individuals.

 3/5. Kind of a time waster but fascinating none-the-less.  Nothing required of you unless  you want to retweet a feed to your followers. Easy to use.
Instagram Download to Iphone to post pictures.  Need to set up an account 1/5 It seems popular with younger people.  It could work as a photo album. You can share with selected people.
Skype Download the program to computer, tables or phone. You can talk over the internet with a webcam and it is free to chat with people everywhere for free or minimal cost. 4/5 Very useful for staying in touch with friends and family.
Facetime  Like Skype but for MACs and IPads and Ipods  5/5 Easier to use than Skype.
Pinterest  A web site with a lot of eye candy, especially food, fashion and pets.  You can post and view others posts. 1/5 Popular with a certain demographic but not very useful.  The recipe pictures are several clicks away from the recipes. Very annoying
YouTube view short videos about many things, including music, how to videos including many videos about computer instructions.  You can save videos if you set up and account. 3/5 Entertainment, some self help.  I don’t use this more than once a week.

Downloading and uploading music- Itunes

If you want to have music or the spoken word while you walk or run, you will want to download files from your computer and/or from Itunes  and upload it to your phone or ipod. You need your Apple ID and password to download.  You can also download audio books and podcasts.  The Itunes app will need to be installed on your computer and Iphone and and is free to use. However downloading music from Itunes costs about $ 1.00 per tune downloaded.  You have to set up an Itunes account if you want to buy files to download.    Itunes used to be easy to use but over the past couple of years it seems to be less user friendly.  Apple is moving to a paid music subscription service call Spotify   which is $10.00 a month so you can download as much music as you want.  Once you download files to your computer into the Itunes program, the music will synch with your iphone and ipod by plugging the iphone or ipod into the computer USB port.   You can also synch files on your computer via wifi or download files to your iphone directly from the Itunes app on your iphone.

Photos- uploading and downloading.

There are many packages for uploading photos and some a more complex than others.  Uploading photos from your iPhone to your PC –  The easiest way is to install Icloud on your PC and IPhone.  This takes about 5 minutes.  You need your Apple ID and password to download the software.  For your iPhone and Ipad go to the Apple Store,  Once it is set up you can choose what kind of files you want synched across your devices.   Having you email and bookmarks synched on all your devices is a must have.  I give Icloud a 4/5 but sometime it stops working and you have to sign out and sign in again or restart or computer or ????

win10-icloud-for-windows-v6-settings
Icloud settings window

Uploading photos from your digital camera to your PC. …in progress

 

 

Security

Password protection/software

My favourite software for saving passwords is  RoboForm.  I have used it for over 5 years and it is free. It saves all your passwords on your PC, your IPhone and Ipad and synchs them all.  It is quick and easy to install.  When you log into a site it presents you with the option to automatically save the password if it has not been previously saved.  And if the password has been saved you click on the name of the password and it will automatically fill in the password.  The whole system can be password protected, especially for mobile devises.  This software gets a 5/5 from me.

in progress

Scams

Virus protection

Geek Squad

 

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