[ubuntu-uk] CTS @ computer fairs - Bracknell Local activity etc

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu Dec 8 00:08:50 UTC 2011

On 07/12/11 03:01, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 6 December 2011 22:40, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
>> In addition, it may be of interest to mention here that I also run a
>> couple of groups within the U3A 'clubs'. U3A is for those retired
>> people who seek to (in theory) continue their learning process into
>> the third age of a (hopefully) long life. I got pretty frustrated with
>> the conventional computer groups, as you would expect, totally Windows
>> and some pretty entrenched attitudes too. My groups (Bracknell and
>> Wokingham U3As) are dubbed 'Computing Libre' and are specifically  for
>> discussion and use of libre software, (with a stated emphasis on Ubuntu).
>> Again, the half dozen or so members in each group are not going to
>> attend LUGs, UK Team meets, or even use forums, although some might,
>> with time:
>> www.wokinghamu3a.org.uk/Computing_Libre.html
>> www.bracknellu3a.org.uk/ComputerLibre.html
> This is interesting stuff...
> I don't know if you've heard of our company, but I'm involved with a
> small business called Simplicity Computers. We do a range of
> Linux-powered machines with a very simple, stripped-down interface
> aimed at getting people online who don't know how to use computers and
> don't want to learn. It's all full-screen, single-click driven with no
> menus or toolbars or right-clicking or double-clicking or anything.
> Everything's introduced with video tutorials presented by Valerie
> Singleton, so you don't need to go to night-school courses and learn
> irrelevant stuff that we find people often forget by the time they get
> home.
> http://www.simplicitycomputers.co.uk/
> It's particularly aimed at older people, but not exclusively. We have
> customers in their 30s. :¬)
> One thing we've been considering is something along the lines of a
> "mentoring" system or something, where more technically-savvy people
> would help out nervous novices and sort of hold their hands, so to
> speak, as they got used to using a mouse, keyboard and the Web.
> Do you think that would be something you or your fellow-U3A people
> might be interested in, at all?
> Aside: we don't use Ubuntu on the machines, as our interface is
> commercial software and as such the SABDFL refused us permission. So
> we use Mint, who were very happy to work with us.

Yes I have had previous contact. (replied off list).

alan cocks

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