Your old technology stories

An old-style hob kettleHello Hackney podcast,
Friday 20 July, 2 to 4 pm

Our VIP guest will be Belén Barros, who is interested in your stories about old and new technology.

She wants to hear about your radios, your washing machines, your vacuum cleaners, your cameras, your computers, your phones and any other gadgets you’ve ever had, bought or built.

So we could have a conversation about familiar technology that is considered obsolete even though it works, and replacement technology that requires adaptation to an unfamiliar and unsettling way of life (eg- smartphones instead of landline phones).

Or perhaps you could bring a gadget to make your point (I’m still using a kitchen blender that I bought more than 40 years ago; it looks odd, but it works perfectly).

Follow this Google search link for more ideas: old technology

Please bring your voice to Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon.


Update

We are editing this episode now.

Do you own an Ipad?

Recently I had to help out someone transferring files (photo and videos) to a Windows laptop PC.

Unfortunately Apple has changed the software for Ipads over version 10, so now the Windows driver software cannot cope. You can still see the internal memory on the Ipad, you just cannot save to it, or get files from it.

So apart from a USB lead which plugs into the Ipad and the USB socket on the PC (same as the one you use for charging the Ipad from a USB charger), you now need to download and run some software on the PC.

There are several programs on the Internet that allow you to transfer files without using Apples Itunes running on the PC, including those that are charged for.

But one of them is Free and I have used, it is called “EaseUS MobiMover”, which allows you to transfer files both ways to and from the PC.

http://download.easeus.com/free/mobimover_free.exe

You download and run it on your PC, connect your Ipad and away you go.

Hackney Hackathon Free Tickets 12th June 2018

Dementia Friendly logo -Alzheimer’s Society

Dear Friends

If you are available it would be great if you could attend the “Hackathon” in the London Borough of Hackney “Techy” week.  As you have an understanding and experience of the challenges of your loved ones and people you care for on a daily basis your input would be invaluable.

The people attending are from a variety of tech companies and they have been set the task to come up with simple Information Computing Technology (ICT) solutions to make life easier, e.g. booking a train ticket, buying groceries on-line, banking…

Please use the link below to book your Free place, or let me know and I can book it for you.  I will be there on the day, giving an introduction to the task.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-tech-week-hackathon-dementia-friendly-hackney-tickets-46531443801?aff=ehomecard

I  look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Sandra Cater                                                                                                                                  Hackney Dementia Friendly Community Coordinator

Alzheimer’s Society
Unit 1
30 Felstead St
Hackney Wick
LONDON
E9 5LG
020 8533 0091

Are you afraid of online banking?

Umi Baden-Powell (research associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design) talks to Hackney elders about their experiences of online banking and how the banks should develop their services in this digital era.

Like all our podcast episodes, this is a highly condensed edit of a much longer conversation.

The voices belong to: Elizabeth, Elon, Joyce, Rick, Sallie, Stephen and Umi.  Eight other people contributed to the live session, but are not heard on this episode.

Recorded 11 May 2018. 21 minutes.

Umi’s research agenda

The process
  • The transition from physical branches to online spaces
  • Banking innovations
    • Mobile bank branches
    • Bank lounges in hybrid spaces
    • Virtual reality
    • Robots
    • Virtual human beings
  • How will all this affect the 20-30% of people excluded from new methods?
UK data
  • 12 million adults lack digital skils
  • 5.8 million have never used the Internet
  • 1.7 million do not have bank account
  • 2.7 million people rely on cash
Technological and social barriers
  • No 3G or 4G services in some parts of UK
  • Many people do not have access to a computer
  • Banks and building societies have been shutting down 300 branches every year since 1989 — 55% of branches have been lost, including 762 lost last year alone.

Mentioned in the conversation

Reaching out with a live stream

This 15-minute episode was part of a much longer (85 minute) rehearsal for combining a Hello Hackney podcast with a live radio stream. We were talking about ways to develop the podcast project, but we were also experimenting with ways to manage people and noise in the community centre.

The missing 80% of the conversation was often very interesting – but also off-topic or would have been inaudible to a live audience.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Dane, Irene and Rick. Four other people contributed to the live rehearsal, but are not heard on this episode.

Recorded 4 May 2018. 15 minutes.

Wordpad for beginners (28 Feb)

Learn simple word-processing with our volunteers

Wordpad

Wordpad is a basic word-processor that has been free with every version of Windows since 1995. It’s also very good — so if you have a Windows computer, it’s worth searching for.

Our volunteer team today will help you get started with Wordpad — and help you do something that looks difficult, but is really quite easy — adding photographs to your document.

Voice Recorder

Voice Recorder is a very simple Windows app for recording voice — yours and anyone else close to the microphone. Our volunteer team will show you how to do it.

Blog your efforts

You can blog your photos easily. Blogging documents and voice recordings is not so easy, but we can do it for you later.

Dementia Music Player Launched

Dementia Player 2

I have written an app for playing Music for dementia users.
It is now on Google Play, for Android mobiles called Dementia Player.
Dementia Player.1 is for older android mobiles and tablets. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thunkable.android.adams1stephen.DemPlayer1

Dementia Player.2 is for the ones with Kitkat (4.4) operating system or later. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thunkable.android.adams1stephen.DementiaPlayer2

Explanation is on the web site.

Once set up, dementia users can press a flashing coloured square and get one of 9 songs, of their choice.
It is free to use, asking people if they like it to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society UK.

Hint for those people with a mobile phone

You can also use it to transfer data between a  laptop and the phone as well!

I have bought a USB extension cable for one pound at the overflow shop in Mare Street.

This is 5 metres long and enables me to put my phone on charge on the nearest table, rather than on the floor next to the nearest power socket.

The USB lead you get with the phone is usually only 1 metre long, so everyone puts their phone on charge near the socket. This leads to people stepping on it and damaging the socket when it gets accidentally pulled out.

Putting the extension cable in the charger and the other end having a socket to take the charger cable (this works for Apple as well as other Android phones) gives you plenty of cable to put it safely on a table or out of the way.

AcTo Dementia — Accessible Touchscreen Apps for Dementia

Supports people to find and use dementia-friendly touchscreen apps

AcTo Dementia provides recommendations and guidance on accessible touchscreen apps for people living with dementia. This website is an ideal resource for anyone with a diagnosis of dementia, or anyone looking to support a person with a diagnosis, to find and use apps on a tablet computer for entertainment. We are a group of university researchers unaffiliated with any app developers and all of our recommendations have been through an evidence-based review process.

Visit AcTo Dementia