Tips on a User friendly Tablet

22/04/2016 Main

My laptop is fantastic and I’m really enjoying using it but I’m wondering if I should also get myself a tablet. I decided to stop driving some years ago when the arthritis in my legs made it difficult to break and use the clutch in my car. So, I travel by train and bus absolutely everywhere. I am blessed to live very close to a train station and, what with my old fogey discounts, I regularly go on day trips to other towns, cities or country villages. It’s a bit of a pain carrying my laptop around with me but I like to do this because I have become addicted to reading the news online. For one, it’s free but also I can be more selective about the news I read online, choosing news sites that report with integrity rather than the readily available newspapers that sensationalize the news or try to persuade readers to hold bigoted points of view. I prefer to seek out news that is reporting on real events and the reality of our world today. I don’t care much for hearing about Lady Gaga’s latest fashion faux pas or why I should be scared of Muslims. So, I’d like to be able to read the news during my long train journeys but not on my heavy laptop. After all, once I get to my destination I have no use for the thing but have to carry it around in my backpack until I get back on the train to return home. It’s a pain for a man of my age with arthritis and general aches and pains. The thought of using a tablet terrifies me a little. I’ve only just started to get my head around using the laptop. What I’m looking for, therefore, is something really simple and user friendly. Can anyone recommend a tablet that is lightweight and super simple to use. I imagine I will only use it to access the internet so it doesn’t need to have any fancy features, other than its ease of use. Thanks in advance for your help! Gerrard. Read more


10/04/2016 Main

So, in my last ‘Silver Surfers’ class, a class designed for old crones like me to learn how to use a computer, our teacher taught us about Excel. I had only ever been aware of this word being a verb before, not a noun. First I’d heard of the computer programme ‘Excel’.  But, oh my, what an exciting class it was. Excel is a spreadsheet that allows the user to store information, calculate figures and so forth. It’s sort of like an accounting book in electronic form. I was fascinated by this programme. We learnt how to create a basic spreadsheet that can store information about the birthdays of our friends and family, including how old they are going to be. As we all take our own laptops to the class, despite the teacher providing them for us, I was able to create the spreadsheet on my own laptop and, therefore, I now have this wonderful and handy database at the touch of a button. I can open up the spreadsheet, glance at it quickly and select the tab for the month I want to look at. Once I press this tab it brings up all of the data I inputted relating to the birthdays of my loved ones for that particular month. And if I knew the individuals date of birth the spreadsheet also tells me what age they are turning. What a fantastic piece of kit. I’m wracking my brain now to thin of what other handy uses I could find from Excel. If you have any ideas I would welcome your feedback. Till next time folks, Gerrard. Read more


Learning About Technology At Last

22/03/2016 Main

Hi there, my name is Gerrard or Woodbine Gerrard, as I am known to my friends, due to my preference for smoking Woodbine cigarettes! I am 73 years old and had never used a computer before until recently. My son bought me a laptop and pretty much ordered me to start using it so that he could keep in touch with me more easily. So, I joined a ‘Silver Surfers’ computer club and here I now sit, able to create my very own blog. Throughout this blog I will talk about my experience with learning about technology and becoming proficient at using a computer. I hope you enjoy reading about my accomplishments as well as my blips!