By November 12, 2009

A New PC For The Older Generation

I know that here on we are constantly looking at flashy new gadgets that tech lovers are keen to hear about, but I thought I would come away from that for a minute or two.

I was reading through the BBC News web pages and this caught my eye. It was an article about a new PC that’s designed for people over the age of 60 who are unfamiliar with PCs. Now we all have a relative or know somebody who fits into this category so this might be a bit of interesting reading for you.


A new computer aimed at people aged over 60 who are unfamiliar with PCs and the internet has been unveiled.

The simplified desktop – called SimplicITy – has just six buttons directing users to basic tasks such as e-mail and chat.

The computer comes pre-loaded with 17 video tutorials from television presenter Valerie Singleton.


.The SimplicITy computer has no log-in screen when started up, and contains no drop-down menus.

It opens straight to a front page called "square one" containing separate clickable buttons for e-mail, browsing the web, files (for storing word documents and photos etc), online chat and a user profile.

The e-mail system is a modified version of an Italian design called Eldy.

All SimplicITy users with an address will be able to chat to each other via the "chat" button.


The pc has been built using Linux operating system (used on most netbooks these days). If the user decides that they no longer need the SimplicITy desktop they can then replace it with the standard Linux desktop.


I think this is a brilliant idea. I’ve been trying to show friend (who is over 60 and has never used a pc) how to use the basic function of a pc and it’s been a lot for her to get her head round. This SimplicITy computer would actually be ideal for her.



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