Tuesday, April 6, 2010

An iMac for Pop

Today's Boston Globe had an article titled For elderly, the wired world holds terror - or delight.  Some quotes from the article: “The future scares me, I like the old days. I’m scared of computers", and “I’m not on the Internet, I don’t know that much about it....I don’t even know what they’re talking about: BlackBerries, blueberries.’’  This got me thinking about my Dad and his computer use... I'm happy to say my Dad isn't afraid of computers, and he likes blueberries too...

I visited my parents recently, and when I visit this means helping out Pop with his computer. I look forward to it. Once the Chief Engineer of the Navy, the Admiral is no slouch when it comes to computer logic. I don't recall when he got his first PC, but it was well after he'd retired.  The challenge Pop has is at the keyboard, he's a bit deliberate... unfortunately he never learned to type. Given his career path, manning the keyboard was not part of the job description.

Recently my older brother helped Pop upgrade from a classic Gateway Astro to the latest iMac. This was a great idea and long overdue. Now while Pop executes his one-finger typing, he can see what he's doing on the 21" screen.  Pop spends a lot of time online these days, mostly on news and financial sites, where he can point and click. With the built-in camera on the iMac, he's also started venturing into video chat, which allows him to see his kids and grandchildren.

This was my first exposure to the latest iMac, and I was impressed.  While the keyboard's a bit tiny, it's similar to a laptop's keyboard, with less effort required to press the keys.  And as advertised on the Apple site, it's the ultimate all-in-one. Now with the ultimate display.  Heck, after spending the weekend playing with Pop's iMac, it was tough to return to my Dell laptop.  As an iPhone fan, I'm sure I'll break down and get an iMac soon... anyhow, I've digressed... by the end of the weekend, I had Pop set up with an account on Facebook.  Yep, Pop has progressed all the way to the world of social networking... he hasn't posted much, a few comments here and there, but I'm pretty sure he gets a kick out of his kids profiles, and all the family pictures...

So here's a shout out to Pop and his iMac, and by the way, start posting some status updates!


  1. Well done! Hope Dad reads it!

  2. Ted is a great guy. Loves his family and his computer!