So my 76-year old mom has finally hit the frustration point with her dialup Internet (a service called Purespeed, which took over accounts from the smoother Tidalwave I initially had her signed to when she retired from teaching DOD schools in Korea and moved back here to Va.).
She's mostly been using hand-me down PCs from me, aside from a Micro Center Windows ME special she used for a while. She's now using my 2004-era Compaq. While it's decent, it's Windows XP, has a lot of crap on it I haven't quite been able to clean out (thus she gets some weird status and "take action" messages that confuse here).
And the dial-up had just become increasingly exasperating, esp. if someone tries to e-mail her photos, or a spam has images in it -- it just takes forever, and ever for the e-mail client to download the e-mail.
Anyway, after years of me begging her to, she finally seems responsive to letting me get her a new computer, and also hopefully switching to Cox cable Internet (which I've had since about 2003, and have been really happy with).
I'm also probably going to replace her Cannon bubblet jet (1992 era) printer, which is also a hand-me down from me.
All she really needs a computer for is:
*basic web browsing (she's less into it for fun or even research, than occasional stuff like paying taxes online, and saving/printing tax forms etc. obtained online)
*printing e-mails, documents and sometimes web pages
*wiewing photos/videos sent by me and my brother's family might interest her, but she doesn't much like to sit in front of the computer for long.
Many all-in-one PCs have touch-screen options, but most of the ones I've tried in stores haven't really impressed me in terms of responsiveness or ease-of-use.
A part of me would love to get her an iPad. Whenever she fiddles with mine, all the phobias and sometimes confusion she has with her PC go away. I still feel like I'd need to get her a basic PC w/ WiFi router to make that work (I think she'd blanche at 3G monthly fees). Alas, she has pretty long fingernails, and honestly, I'm not sure she'd be comfortable with touch screens because of that.
While a laptop is certainly an option, her vision (farsighted) is pretty poor. She does like using my hand-me-down 19" Samsung LCD, and I think I'd be inclined for her to keep using that or some sort of all-in-one that has a monitor at least that size.
I really just wanted to ask folks here if you maybe have parents/grandparents my mom's age that are sort of computer-phobic but have found something they're comfortable using?
Any ideas/suggestions welcome. I'm certainly open to moving her to Macs but I'm fine sticking with Windows 7, given that's the type of OS I'm most familiar with.
I do know she hates using a mouse, and my attempts to get her to understand right-click menus in Windows have failed, despite a couple "understanding Windows in plain English" books.