Computing for older users: Patronising or practical?

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“Whether or not Simplicity Computing succeeds will be a
big test of two things – the appetite of older people to get online
and the attractiveness of open source software as a means of
dealing with digital exclusion.

“Yesterday we took 80-year-old Betty Parsons for her first
encounter with a computer. She climbed the stairs at the home of
Nigel Houghton, who’s masterminding the Simplicity venture, and sat
herself down in front of the machine. When it’s switched on for the
first time, up pops Valerie Singleton – co-founder of the business
launching Simplicity – and starts explaining what to do next, much
like Microsoft’s talking paperclip.”

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