IPAD: The kids’ toy box; perfect for the elderly non-techie


Six scenarios where the iPad is trouncing the PC
TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner has little use for an iPad. But he’s pinpointed six areas where it’s become people’s preferred device and is disrupting the PC market.
by Jason Hiner May 7, 2012 9:00 AM PDT

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6. The kid machine

For the past couple generations, kids have taken to computers and technology with almost no trouble and with few exceptions. However, with the iPhone this phenomenon started to go a step further — or younger. Suddenly, 2-year-olds could figure out how to swipe to unlock the phone, touch the photo app, and flick their little fingers across the screen to flip through photos. Once we got a big screen version of this experience with the iPad, the sky was suddenly the limit for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They had a computer that required no training from their parents. Apps like Intro to Math, by Montessorium took advantage of the iPad interface to deliver software that was inexpensive, easy to learn, fun, and effective.

On the other end of the spectrum, the iPad is easy enough to figure out that plenty of elderly people who never felt comfortable with a computer have been able to use an iPad to do a few basic things. The key to this scenario is the iPad’s multitouch interface, which requires no user manual and no instruction to get started.

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Ever since I saw the YouTube video of a baby trying to stroke a magazine to make the “screen” turn, I knew Apple had a winner.

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FUN: Best blog posts of 2011 as determined by the Academy of Better “Life Facing” … aka me!

2012 Winners

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While every blog post is brilliant, important, prescient, funny, pragmatic, and above all eternally valuable. Here, in the tradition of parades, dog shows, beauty contests everywhere, and self-serving music awards shows, are my “winners”.

The envelope please!

The Theme Trophy for establishing the blog’s “voice”

MEMORIES: I’ll never forget old what’s her name http://goo.gl/LtNfg

The Judge’s Special Trophy for the post I liked most

RANT: “Due to my parents poor financial planning …” http://goo.gl/UZCGO

The Fantasy Trophy for the best the way it SHOULD be


The President’s Trophy for Best Depiction of Life in the United States

TAGONIST: Wrong door raid in the Hudson Valley http://goo.gl/IfUiN

The Governor’s Trophy for best NJ issue

NEWJERSEY: Partially good; partially dumb http://goo.gl/FSPVu

Time for a “profit center” time out. http://www.itstartedinchurch.com Now available on the Kindle and the kindle lending library

The Mayor’s Trophy for Most Outstanding Kendall Park Entry

NEWJERSEY: Kyleigh’s Law a big mistake http://goo.gl/5JjvN

The International Trophy for an entry about Outside the United States

RANT: An Israeli Perspective on events in Egypt http://goo.gl/u2s9E

The Morris the Cat Trophy for best animal post

NEWJERSEY: Shulz’s Law http://goo.gl/ceXga

The Alan Greenspan Trophy for the best post about Money

MONEY: Gas for a dime a gallon http://goo.gl/8doRN

The Johnny Carson Trophy for the most comical and amusing finding

FUN: The Book http://goo.gl/7xpN9

Time for a “profit center” time out. http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1N2ANF9RZT9E for this particular “poor” fat old white guy injineer; an endangered species!

The Albert Einstein Trophy for the best original idea

POLITICAL: Too big to fail? http://goo.gl/WC9NU

The Jasper Lawyer’s Trophy for the most strident political entry

FUN: A Congress of … … http://goo.gl/TYUi4

The Big Turkey’s Trophy for the best Job Search Advice

JOBSEARCH: Official notice that the employment model has changed http://goo.gl/i3M2p

The Massad Ayoob Trophy for the most read Gun post

GUNS: Protecting old women … a suitable gun! http://goo.gl/N3pbE

The Luddite’s Trophy for the post that got him the most enraged imho

RANT: A smart guy is a liberal http://goo.gl/uFPDh

Time for a “profit center” time out. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057YAC5C for a little fun

The Guttenberg Trophy for the best original writing

WRITING: “Joan d’Arc — Third Vermont Republic”   http://goo.gl/vO39I

The George Carlin Trophy for the best original humor

FUN: “… now where’s the supermodel?”     http://goo.gl/fqUDc

The Princess’ Trophy for the Most Beautiful Entry mentioning Frau

MEMORIES: Frau Reinke loved Haloween http://goo.gl/fovY5


The Best In Show for the prettiest horse in the glue factory

INSPIRATIONAL: My father’s sister has passed http://goo.gl/LK8MC

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