Can you remember 1989?

How has the Web changed your World?

Then: Knowledge was hard to reach. Now: We have the world's information at our fingertips. #ForTheWeb
“Suppose all the information stored on computers everywhere were linked. Suppose I could program my computer to create a space in which everything could be linked to everything.” – Tim Berners-Lee
Then: Waiting by the phone for your call. Now: You're always with me. #ForTheWeb
Then: Never more than a hobby. Now: the world is my marketplace. #ForTheWeb
Then: Feeling alone. Now: I meet others who have my diagnosis. #ForTheWeb
Then: Feeling like one voice. Now: I can connect with millions. #ForTheWeb
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The World Wide Web is 30 years old this week

What difference has it made to your life?

30 years can change everything

The web has transformed our daily lives — from how we communicate with loved ones to how we work to how we learn. But right now more than half of the world’s population remains offline, and those of us who are online see unsettling stories each day about data breaches, so-called ‘fake news’, and other ways that technology is threatening our freedom and privacy. We need to change this by building a better web — one that works for everyone, everywhere.

Visit World Wide Web Foundation – ‘For The Web’

Recycled software

Another way to avoid exploitation

Don’t pay for over-priced software that you don’t need!

This post is about how you can find a cheaper and more appropriate version of MS Office (which includes MS Word), if you really need it.

Recommended MS Office versions

  • MS Office Home and Student 2007 — possibly the best deal, but not common now. One license allows you to install on three devices.
  • MS Office 2010 Pro — widely used. For example, the current A5 flyers and A3 posters for the drop-in and podcast were edited with MS Word 2010 because that’s what I use to edit complex documents for commercial printing. MS Publisher 2010 is also very useful — and the last version of Publisher that can create documents in the CMYK format that commercial printers require.

More recent versions of MS Word are not superior, just more expensive.

How to buy a retail product key

This is how we got MS Office 2007 or 2010 on the drop-in laptops.

What you need to know about buying MS Office this way …

  • What you actually pay for is a licence key — a retail product that can be transferred and traded.
  • Always make sure that you are paying for a key, not a recurring subscription.
  • The software itself is a free download from the Microsoft server. Your retail licence key allows you to install and use the software legally — and you can move it to a new computer when you need to.
  • When you buy a retail licence key, the seller company provides full instructions on what to do with it.
  • By the way — if you have bought a Windows computer with MS Office pre-installed, you do not have a retail key. You cannot sell it or move it to a different computer.

Sellers

There are several UK sellers in this market. I’m not going to recommend any of them because you — as the buyer — must use your own judgement, not mine. I have been satisfied as a customer of Software Geeks (softwaregeeks.co.uk), but they have competitors and it might be foolish to ignore them.

Getting help

Although this procedure is quite straightforward, digital beginners can easily get lost. However, our drop-in volunteers can probably help you — provided you are already comfortable buying online with a credit or debit card.

If you are a Windows user, our volunteers might also point out that …

  • Open-source LibreOffice Writer (libreoffice.org/discover/writer) would probably meet all your word-processing requirements — and it’s free.
  • All versions of Windows since 1995 have included a simple word-processor named Wordpad — so if your needs are basic and you don’t need a spellchecker, you already have what you are looking for.

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

Published at blog.hellohackney.net/2018/old-technology

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

  • Coming ASAP – more links to sites where you can learn more about online banking.
  • Money.co.uk – How does online banking work?
  • The Disconnected Mind
    • Age UK page – “Hundreds of older people are helping reveal how and why our thinking skills change with age. They’re at the heart of The Disconnected Mind, a world-leading research project funded by Age UK at the University of Edinburgh”.
    • University of Edinburgh page – “The aim of The Disconnected Mind is to understand the cerebral basis of age-related cognitive decline”.
  • Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

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.