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Old 02-13-2007, 07:10 PM   #16
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OS for Old Folks


OK, a suggestion here from the tech support side of things:

We have an older gentleman, a VERY nice guy, but not very computer savvy, who calls us up at regular intervals. He needs his dialup resetup, and with this gentleman, it's about a 30-45 minute process (seriously). Sometime within the next few weeks, he will have difficulty connecting, redo his settings again, and we're back to square one. It's a very frustrating process, I can tell you.

If you are around your parents with any regularity, I recommend setting up their network connections and doing whatever you can to block them from accessing that part of the network. If you're using a Linux machine, you're not likely to find the ISP's tech support very savvy in that regards, so it's especially important here.

I think what you want to do could very possibly be done with Ubuntu, if you're willing to sit down with them and teach them a thing or three. But caution them strongly not to touch anything they don't know.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 04:15 AM   #17
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We have an older gentleman, a VERY nice guy, but not very computer savvy, who calls us up at regular intervals. He needs his dialup resetup, and with this gentleman, it's about a 30-45 minute process (seriously). Sometime within the next few weeks, he will have difficulty connecting, redo his settings again, and we're back to square one. It's a very frustrating process, I can tell you.
Have you tried using Remote Desktop? Remote desktop
allows you to take control of a remote pc's mouse and keyboard. You can do this from anywhere. So, when your friend needs to reset his dialup connection, instead of traveling to his home, you
can take control of his pc from your home and work on it as if you were sitting in from of his pc.

Some distros will have either the client or server side of remote desktop or both. Don't ask me how to do this. I never use remote desktop before.

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Old 02-14-2007, 04:20 AM   #18
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going back to the sopam and phishing sites issue

firefox 2 had a very effective phishing filter that has not had any false positives in the time i hasve used it and only one false negative (and that was obscure.)

also use Gmail as a email provider. their spam filter is beyond comparason, i get in excess of 1000 spams a day and i dont see any of them! tehy are all detected and filed under spam
 
Old 02-14-2007, 04:42 PM   #19
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also use Gmail as a email provider. their spam filter is beyond comparason, i get in excess of 1000 spams a day and i dont see any of them! tehy are all detected and filed under spam
I would have to agree with this. I use GMail with Thunderbird, and always thought I was just lucky because I didn't get any spam mail.

Then I logged into the GMail web interface a few days back, and found out it had blocked over 300 spam messages that week alone. I honestly had no idea.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 04:59 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by dv502
Have you tried using Remote Desktop? Remote desktop
allows you to take control of a remote pc's mouse and keyboard. You can do this from anywhere. So, when your friend needs to reset his dialup connection, instead of traveling to his home, you
can take control of his pc from your home and work on it as if you were sitting in from of his pc.

Some distros will have either the client or server side of remote desktop or both. Don't ask me how to do this. I never use remote desktop before.
Remote desktop only works if they're connected. You can't remote a disconnected computer.
 
Old 02-14-2007, 07:41 PM   #21
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Didn't expect so many replies...

Wow, I didn't expect such a response, anyway, on to answering/clarifying things.

For however asked what DE I use, primarily KDE, but I've used GNOME as well and wouldn't have a problem teaching someone to use it. Just need something with very simple menus and very large icons and text.

They are not going to be calling tech support (aside from calling me). Like I said, they are old, not from this country, and are older than computers. I could just see one of them forgetting that they are speaking English and mess things up horribly--along with spending plenty of money for the phone call. That being said my grandfather is also the kind of person to tinker with things now and again, so I would want a distro that he could very easily add something (like fspot, if desired) to. All I know is, that distro ain't SuSE.

I'm loving the idea of having a firewall box in the middle. My grandfather likes things that hum and whir and make sounds to be off when he is not using them (this, frustratingly enough, includes his cell phone). Having a little box that sits there quietly, that I could connect to and manage over the net, that is always on and blocks a lot of the nasty would definitely be the way to go. Btw, I would be putting them on dsl/cable for exactly the reason mention: no frustration when trying to get pictures or other things over the net.

The timing of these replies couldn't be better: my little brother is in the middle of transforming his computer into an inexpensive gaming rig. Meaning his motherboard and processor (2.8 Ghz Celeron) are going to be free very soon, which is much better than the alternative of an AMD K6 I have in the back of my closet (I have a habit of putting old hardware to use, there is a p1 next to it).
 
  


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