90 year old grandmother wants net and email use

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lynda137, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. lynda137 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    My 90 year old grandmother wants to email family and use the internet to read a German newspaper and do some searching. What do you recommend?:cool:
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    What do we recommend.... what?

    What computer?
    What browser?
    What ISP?
    What technical support should she talk to?
    What country should she move to?
    What email client?

  3. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

    John Doe 57

    Jan 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Any basic computer would cover that. Are you sure spending money on a Mac is the way to go for such a small task?
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Obviously an Octo core Mac Pro with dual 30" LCD's.:D

    On a more serious note I would say get a used second generation Mac Mini and a 24" LCD. The large LCD is for readability purposes assuming she has poor eyesight, just drop the resolution to say 1280x800. Get at least 2GB of RAM, since it seems about every web site is loaded with Flash content.

    Also get a wired keyboard and mouse as the wireless ones will just give problems for her to deal with.
  5. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    I'd recommend a nice, recent model iMac. Doesn't have to be especially powerful or huge.

    The All-in-one concept should work out nicely for her.

    Most 80's and older peeps don't have the best eyesight so a plain wallpaper and larger fonts might be a good idea. Think Contrast.

    She may also find that a cheap Maccally keyboard is easier to read and use than the stylish aluminum keyboard. Contrast again. Larger letters too if you can find them.

    For mice, disable any side buttons or extra features. Make sure Hot Corners is turned Off too. Nothing puts off older people faster than accidentally navigating to a previous page, popping up the Dashboard or activating Exposé just by gripping the "wrong" part of the mouse or mousing a corner. Slow down the mouse double-click and maybe the tracking and scrolling too as needed.

    Keep the Dock items limited to just what she wants to do. Get rid of the iLife icons and whatnot to keep things simple.

    Just got an 88YO Doctors PC all set before he shuffled off.... :eek: At least he had a great sense of humor about it. He would have been FAR better off with a Mac, particularly an iMac.

    Have Fun,
  6. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Buy whatever you can afford. Any computer today is far faster than she (or about 90% of people) need. A 1.5GHz G4 is plenty for just about anything.
  7. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    This grandmother of 6 with a couple of them in their twenties wouldn't even look at anything less than a recent 15" MacBook Pro. :p
    No I'm not joking.. she may well get into far more than you expect as time required to learn isn't a problem.

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