Is This Any Good

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by SARGE, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. SARGE

    SARGE The Preacher Man

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    glc Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I suppose it's okay if you want to pay twice what it's worth for a computer that uses Linux and is totally locked down. You can't install or uninstall anything and storage is very limited.
     
  3. David M

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    I would consider a Chromebook. They are a lot more resistant to malware than a PC and you are not paying exorbitant Apple prices. A lot of things aimed at seniors I think are dumbed down too much and limiting. It is insulting.

    I'm a senior (over 55) and I don't need something like that or a Jitterbug phone.
     
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  4. Blaster3

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    nothings going to prevent granny from getting ransomware as long as she's sharing amongst many others with 'bad' habits, not even a chromebook, cause she'll always open up 'aunt ginny's' mail...

    go cheap, replace often...
     
  5. reggie14

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    I share the sentiment here.

    While Chromebooks almost seem like a good fit, I worry about tabs. It seems like a large percentage of technologically illiterate people really struggle with browser tabs.

    If price isn't a huge concern, an iPad with a separate keyboard might be a good fit. That's what my mother uses now most of the time, although she does have a PC for a few things that don't work well on the iPad. (and most of the time she has to call me to step her through how to do those things)
     
  6. SARGE

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    From what I read, her mom, and I quote "got a pop up saying they could help her computer run better, so she paid $300 and gave them permission to control her PC. They left an icon on her computer. A few months later they locked up her computer and scammed her out of $1600 more dollars. It is still locked up, She had given them her phone # and they started calling her 5-6 times a day!! I changed her number and talked her into making a police report". The PC was given to her with no recovery disk so I told her to buy a copy of Windows 7, and/or pull the HD, tie it to a brick and throw into the lake they live on and buy another HD as well. None of them are computer savvy though.
     
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    She exchanges recipes with her friends, does Facebook and plays Solitaire. She has no need for storage. She's 85 and not installing anything. Is this safer for her than a PC is all I'm asking.
     
  8. Blaster3

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    her problem isn't with the hardware, someone needs to set up her browser to block ads and pop ups, then teach her to never click on anything from people/places she doesn't know. yes, linux is inherently safer than windows or ios, but that would not have prevented the ransome she agreed to pay...