"Senior Surf is like a "life line" for all things we want to learn and what we need fixed."
Social Savvy Seniors Have Higher Self-Esteem (Senior Surf’s David Casuto and his students were interviewed from this article) Older adults are not immune from the flood of technology in today’s world — and they’re eager to get onboard. A growing number of senior citizens, as well as tech entrepreneurs, are seeing technology as a tool to enrich their lives as they reach old age. Technology plays an increasingly important role in helping older adults maintain and improve mental and emotional well-being. Associate Professor of Psychology T.J. McCallum, Ph.D., ofCase Western Reserve University, conducted a study examining technology and socialization among seniors. In a short, three-month study, he found that seniors who engaged with technology have higher self-esteem and greater social interaction compared with seniors who are not involved with technology. Michael Gordon, Joan Tomlinson and Karin McClune are students in a San Francisco computer class for older adults at Senior Surf, a nonprofit that was founded to help people, particularly seniors, get access to technology. David Casuto, founder of Senior Surf and a teacher in the program, tells Mashable the seniors in his program learn more than just the basics. His classes teach seniors about podcasting, Photoshop, video editing, how to create an RSS feed and more. He describes the class as “everything you wanted to know about computers but were afraid to ask your grandchildren.” “The learning curve is very, very long,” Gordon said. Navigating the web and learning to organize photos on Picasa are the two most valuable skills Gordon said he’s learned in the classes. McClune said the skills she’s learned in the class makes her more independent. “I don’t have to call [my grandchildren] as...Learn More
Someone once sang/said/lied(?): “The best things in life are free.” True or not, the world we live in today offers countless treats for little or no cost. Photos, music, satellite images, communication (sorry, USPS) and so much more. And free movies and the internet are certainly no strangers. Keep reading… The Wall Street Journal points out in today’s paper an interesting trend: loads of illegally uploaded, full-length movies are finding their way on to YouTube, and studios are doing nothing about it. And you know what? It’s right. A quick Google throws up full versions of The Three Faces of Eve, Misery, Battle Royale, The Illusionist… we could go on, but you can use a search engine by yourself. The Journal suggests that most of these films are from Walt Disney, Columbia and Tristar studios, and—as of yet—they’re not doing anything about it. From the WSJ: Why the movie studios didn’t block the films by using a special YouTube program-called Content ID-for identifying their copyrighted content is a mystery. Google in late 2007 launched Content ID, which helps identify copyrighted material so content owners can block the content from appearing on the site altogether, or in certain geographical markets. Alternatively, content owners can choose to let YouTube sell online advertisements that appear next to or on top of the videos while they play. Clearly, this isn’t a situation that will last for very long; those studios are bound to wise up sooner or later and pull that content. But in the meantime, you can probably find yourself a fine evening of free movie viewing on YouTube—if you don’t find the idea morally troubling. [WSJ] Update: Giant Speck points...Learn More
What can Google do? Oh…everything. Google started off as just a “search engine” but that is only the beginning of what this amazing company offers. Since starting this Google series, I have added on much more to this list. Why? Because THEY have! Print this out and explore the wonders that awaits! Google can be your calculator. Type a math problem into the search box and Google will compute it. You can spell out the equation in words (two plus two, twelve divided by three), use numbers and symbols (2+2, 12/3), or type in a combination of both (ten million) *pi, 15% of six). Also, try metrics like cups, quarts, temperature, currency, distance, weight, volume and more! And what happens is basically a Google mind reading trick! A calculator (of sorts) appears designed to finish the calculation you are attempting to complete. If you are doing temperature or volume, etc., note the drop down to get to more options. Google Chrome Voice Search Built into Chrome is the ability to do a Google search right from the address bar. And a bonus if you search from Google.com, there is a little microphone icon that if you have a mic on your computer, it will actually let you SPEAK your search. Try it! It’s usually pretty flawless! Google can be your dictionary. Type “define” followed by any English word into the search box, and Google will give you a quick definition at the top of the search results. Capitalization doesn’t matter. Save yourself time and typos: don’t brother with the SHIFT key. Googling queen Elizabeth II and queen elizabeth ii...Learn More