I have thought very carefully about this with respect to my elderly mother. There's no way I'd ask her to type on a touchscreen -- and since email is by far the dominant use for her computer (aside from solitaire), the iPad by itself isn't a good choice. However, there are hardware keyboards that can be paired with an iPad. The only one I'd consider for my mother would be the standard wired one from Apple, which puts the iPad in the vertical/portrait orientation (which she prefers) and doesn't require separate a separate charging cable (and support phonecalls to me when inevitably the batteries didn't get charged or the bluetooth pairing failed or whatever). For a mother who was comfortable with using a small laptop, this might be a reasonable solution. It has some negatives, though: it's more costly than a cheap laptop, it's potentially more limited (depending on usage -- eg Flash, windows apps like turbotax, etc) and the screen size is quite small. This last point makes it a non-starter for my mother, who loves her large, low-DPI screen (19" 1280x1024). My mother is also not the sort that spends a lot of time browsing the web, so the utility of having something she can use in her lap or from bed is pretty low. She also has no interest in getting online when she goes out, which is why she's never had a laptop and is still happy with a small, cheap desktop. Obviously the tradeoffs are very different for someone who wants something mobile.cjcerny wrote:If she can do everything she needs to do without Flash support, I would consider getting her an iPad rather than a laptop.
bthylafh wrote:A Chromebook would be pretty good for that workload. You'll get tons of battery life, instant (5 seconds or so) on from sleep, and virtually no support will be needed once she learns the basics because it's so locked-down that not much can go wrong.
Yeah, that's essentially how my mother's machine is set up (with MSE and everything on auto-update; plus TeamViewer running so I can remote in and check on things, though other than her accidentally closing a desktop gadget and not being able to find it again, I haven't had to use it to fix anything)ChronoReverse wrote:It's not much trouble to set a limited user account in Windows 7 and only have Chrome running =)
bthylafh wrote:I don't know about you, but $100 extra is well worth having an operating system that will never break, at least for naive users that I would have to remotely support, and will be automatically updated in the background in perpetuity.
ChronoReverse wrote:bthylafh wrote:I don't know about you, but $100 extra is well worth having an operating system that will never break, at least for naive users that I would have to remotely support, and will be automatically updated in the background in perpetuity.
A hundred dollars is enough to purchase a copy of Acronis TrueImage and have the same functionality. But you don't even need that as the built-in System Restore (based on Volume Shadow Copy) is also well suited to handling this.
Besides, how many new viruses nowadays go about deleting local profiles instead of simply trying to hijack your machine and steal information? MSE will cover all the old-school stuff only breaks things.
Of course, if you have the user only do what he/she would on the ChromeBook, that is, use purely web apps, then there wouldn't any issue at all! Obliterating a profile and setting a new one up would take 2 minutes tops since they'll just work in Chrome anyway.
Not automatically. The mom will have to either follow directions (which may not work, depending on their skills) or you'll have to come over and re-image it yourself. Then you have to worry about data.
You don't know how wrong you are. The viruses I'm thinking of, it doesn't matter what they /do/, what matters is that it's impossible to get rid of them without yourself backing up data and then nuking the profile directory. Gets past Symantec Endpoint Protection & Malwarebytes. Exploits /something/, maybe Flash, that on COS is automatically updated & sandboxed, which doesn't happen on Windows.
You've really never had a user get a drive-by infection, have you? I'm not trying to be a fanboy here, but you're being dismissive without understanding.
bthylafh wrote:I'm not going to waste my time on a person who doesn't even know what a drive-by infection is.
Hint: it's not something spread by a USB stick.
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