The $500 Linux PC Aimed at Senior Citizens

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A good user interface for them should never change. thousands of things could change in the lower layers for improvements but that should be transparent for them. they want to find the log in text box for their email in the same place and also, their personalized user interface should be able to follow them to any computer (chrome os looks could give them that)
 

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It is too expensive, on top of that it uses Linux, which is a free OS for the most part and should cost less than a windows pc. Except it doesn't...
 

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[citation][nom]christop[/nom]Specs are low for 499. You could build a dual core with 4 gigs ram win 7 with 500 gig hd for 520.00 But I guess older people would not care.[/citation]
It's not that they don't care, it's more of the fact that they don't know any better. Their minds aren't sharp enough to "dot their i's and cross their t's" anymore. Something like this has recently happened to my grandparents and we're trying to resolve the issue.
 

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... I dont know... I havent dug around win 7 to see what it can do for elders. there is the magnifier I know that... perhaps it would be a point to build an article around? how can we say something really works well or not when we barely use the features that are already embeaded into every PC/notebook out there?
 
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Needs a bigger monitor for old eyes.

Now, yes, I agree with other commenters, the price seems incommensurate with the product. One can build a faster system for $500, or less. One might ask, "pre-built/configured, etc., and with a decent monitor included?"
Maybe not too much faster, but, still possible, I'm sure.
I just built a 2.8ghz duo core Xeon AMD64 WITH 4GB ram for about $400, but had to build it myself, and no monitor or fancy colored keyboard included. (It IS running gnu/linux, of course).
I do agree that gnu/linux is a good choice for the not-so-tech-saavy, though. A lot less likely for them to break stuff, mess it up with malware, spyware, have crashes, etc. that will frustrate them.
I installed Debian on my Mom's old computer after she got tired of the mess of XP she had. She hasn't had a problem since.
 
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It's a reasonable product... Old people have zero need for any performance at all, unlike your typical int3rw3bz trolling douche who thinks they need to pay 20% more for an Intel chip to get 10% more performance than the AMD chip, as if they would somehow be able to tell the difference in real life.

I can personally attest to getting women, children, and the elderly to use Ubuntu... For a week or 2 they complain that it's not what they're used to, then they immediately forget what Windows is and chug along, virus free... Which BTW has less to do with obscurity, and more to do with security... As evidenced by perpetually better results in pwn2own...
 

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[citation][nom]JohnnyLucky[/nom]I am a senior citizen. My friends are senior citizens. We easily navigate the Internet and stay connected to familiy with the desktop pc's we already have.[/citation]
Then you're not senior enough.
 

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Um... Ubuntu has a Me Menu. That's in fact what they call it, that's what its been since 10.4, right?. They also have a Software Center (basically a new skin for APT that also allows for paid software). In fact, looking at the Kiwi-PC site makes it seem like they're just using the default netbook UI for Ubuntu.

Custom whah?
 
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I don't really think this is helpful for most seniors -- who already use the Internet quite well, and at least here in Canada are the fastest growing segment of Internet users.

This may be helpful for that small minority of unfortunate individuals who suffer from various dementias. But that's about all.
 

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[citation][nom]khimera2000[/nom]... I dont know... I havent dug around win 7 to see what it can do for elders. there is the magnifier I know that... perhaps it would be a point to build an article around? how can we say something really works well or not when we barely use the features that are already embeaded into every PC/notebook out there?[/citation]

Exactly. 'Preying' on people in this manner is not illegal, so it will continue.
Many elderly folks are constant financial victims.

"lifetime upgrade support from KiWi PC" ??
WTF does this mean?
 

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[citation][nom]JohnnyLucky[/nom]I am a senior citizen. My friends are senior citizens. We easily navigate the Internet and stay connected to familiy with the desktop pc's we already have.[/citation]
Yeah, I'm 66 and my fathers 98 and we both have no problems. Just because were older doesn't mean we lost our minds.
 

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What a joke. My granddad learnt to use Windows just fine with emails, internet and online banking whilst he was in his late 70s and early 80s.

However, these days, for someone who has no experience of computers whatsoever but would like to get 'connected' there is a far better way to spend $500. An iPad. Most senior citizens would be better served with one of those than with an overclocked gaming computer running Windows that their grandson built for them or a linux based computer that virtually no one in their neighbourhood knows how to use.
 

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Sorry, but it'd have been better with an E-350 setup. As Spanky Deluxe said, perhaps a PC running Linux isn't the greatest idea.

And not all older people have lost their marbles. My grandmother is 91 and, according to my mother, still lives in her own house, is healthy, AND in full possession of her faculties. Whether she'd want anything like this, however, is a mystery. Possibly not.
 

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$500 for a crappy Atom CPU and a 19" monitor? I don't think its a real 19" 4:3 monitor which nobody is making anymore.

For bad eye-sight, they should be using a 21~26" monitor. A customized idiot-proof desktop would be nice.

But here is the thing... old people tend to NOT want to use computers, its complicated etc etc.

You know WHAT works? An iPad... $500. About the only way I can get my mom to use a "computer" for internet access.
 
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The Atom processor ought to frustrate someone new to pc use. An inexpensive AMD system would be much more reliable.
 

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They don't need a really BIG MONITOR.

They need a REALLY SMALL screen resolution. Monitor size is barely a factor, unless they WANT an HD Resolution (might as well hook up to a TV then, for the size issue)
 
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