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1 My PC and the Web 'Computing for seniors' Seminar: preparing for retirement Bruxelles,

2 My PC and the Web: overview A PC - what for? Where to buy, where to go for help, which access provider? Hardware Software The PC and other electronic equipment Finding out more Questions and answers

3 My PC and the Web > A PC - what for? Communication: messaging, chat, telephony, exchanging, sharing Accessing the Institutions' intranet sites Keeping up with current events: press, news, RSS feeds Getting information on... Internet shopping and managing your finances Travel Learning Playing Your Health Practising a hobby… e.g. digital photography

4 My PC and the Web > A PC - what for? > Communicating: A programme (MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird for Win, Mail for Mac OSX)Mozilla Thunderbird Mail for Mac OSX One or more addresses as appropriate Take care in setting up your address book Avoiding spam (unwanted s) Avoiding excessively large or numerous attachments Sending several zipped files ( Quickzip )Quickzip Subscribing to newsletters or notifications ( or RSS a video to explain)a video to explain Do not open attachments from unknown senders…

5 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: chatchat Online chat can refer to any kind of communication over the internet, but is primarily meant to refer to direct 1-on-1 chat or text-based group chat (formally also known as synchronous conferencing), using tools such as instant messaging applicationscomputer programs, Internet Relay Chat, talkers and possibly MUDs, MUCKs, MUSHes and MOOes.chatcommunicationinternettext-basedgroup chatsynchronous conferencinginstant messagingcomputer programsInternet Relay ChattalkersMUDsMUCKsMUSHesMOOes While many of the web's well known custodians offer online chat and messaging services for free, an increasing number of providers are beginning to show strong revenue streams from paid-for services. Again it is the Adult service providers, profiting from the advent of reliable and high-speed broadband, (notably across Eastern Europe) who are at the forefront of the paid-for online chat revolution.Adult service providersbroadbandEastern Europe For every business traveller engaging in a video call or conference call rather than braving the check-in queue, there are countless web users replacing traditional conversational means with online chat and messaging. Like , which has reduced the need and usage of letter, fax and memo communication, online chat is steadily replacing telephony as the means of office and home communication. The early adopters in these areas are undoubtedly teenage users of instant messaging. It might not be long before SMS text messaging usage declines as mobile handsets provide the technology for online chat.business travellervideo callconference call early adopters instant messagingSMStext messaging

6 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: chat – e.g. Google talkGoogle talk

7 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: telephone calls Internet telephony with webcam or not

8 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: telephone calls Internet telephony or

9 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: exchanging, sharing Exchanging views, voicing your opinion Forums ( e.g photography )e.g photography Wikis ( e.g. fr.wikipedia.org …www.wikipedia.orgfr.wikipedia.org Blogs (e.g. AIACE-Luxembourg, French language educational blogs, a blog on information sciences, some blogs hosted by the Le Monde newspaperAIACE-LuxembourgFrench language educational blogs information sciences Le Monde Sharing Your photos (www.flickr.com, )www.flickr.comwww.oustiti.fr Your videos (www.youtube.com, )www.youtube.comwww.myspace.com Your bookmarks ( )www.del.icio.us Your documents : ( docs.google.com, )docs.google.comwww.zoho.comwww.slideshare.net

10 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (1) Panorama des médias sociaux Panorama des médias sociaux Tools to publish: blog (Typepad, Blogger, Skyblog, WordPress …), wiki (Wikipedia, Wikia, Wetpaint…), citizen journalism (Digg, Newsvine, Wikio, Agoravox…) ;TypepadBloggerSkyblogWordPressWikipediaWikiaWetpaintDiggNewsvineWikio Agoravox Tools to share: videos (YouTube, Dailymotion…), photos (FlickR…), links (del.icio.us, Ma.gnolia…), music (Last.fm,Deezer…), slides (Slideshare), product surveys (Crowdstorm, Stylehive…) suggestions for evolution (Feedback 2.0) ;YouTubeDailymotionFlickRdel.icio.usMa.gnoliaLast.fmDeezerSlideshareCrowdstormStylehiveFeedback 2.0 Tools to discuss: forums (PHPbb, vBulletin, Phorum…), video forums vidéo (Seesmic), instant messaging (Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Meebo…), voice over Internet (Skype, Google Talk…) ;PHPbbvBulletinPhorumSeesmicYahoo! MessengerWindows Live MessengerMeeboSkypeGoogle Talk

11 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (2) Panorama des médias sociaux Panorama des médias sociaux General social networks: (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Orkut…), business (LinkedIn, Boompa…) or NingFacebookMySpaceBeboHi5OrkutLinkedInBoompaNing Micropublication (Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, Plazes…) and (twitxr, tweetpeek), and also services for lifestream (FriendFeed, Socializr…)TwitterPownceJaikuPlazestwitxrtweetpeekFriendFeedSocializr Livecast (Justin.tv, BlogTV, Yahoo! Live, UStream…) et leurs équivalents mobiles (Qik, Flixwagon, Kyte, LiveCastr…)Justin.tvBlogTVYahoo! LiveUStreamQik FlixwagonKyteLiveCastr Virtual life (Second Life, Entropia Universe, There…), 3D chats (Habbo, IMVU…), and for kids (Stardoll, Club Penguin…)Second LifeEntropia UniverseHabboIMVUStardollClub Penguin Multiplayers games (Neopets, Gaia Online, Kart Rider, Drift City, Maple Story), les MMORPG (World of Warcraft, Everquest…) or portal for casual game (Cafe, Pogo, Kongregate, iWin…).NeopetsGaia OnlineKart RiderDrift CityMaple StoryWorld of WarcraftEverquestCafePogoKongregate iWin

12 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: your own personalised homepage for your browser Google, Yahoo … offer similar possibilities

13 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Accessing the Institutions intranet sites European Parliament Commission: https://intracomm.ec.europa.euhttps://intracomm.ec.europa.eu Other EU institutions See for practical advicewww.aiace-luxembourg.eu

14 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: press, news, RSS feeds Press International press ( Courrier International )Courrier International Newsletters, forums, blogs, surveysNewslettersforumsblogssurveys RSS feeds Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération,Le MondeLe Figaro International Herald Tribune Süddeutsche Zeitung The Guardian, BBC, The Independant, The EconomistThe GuardianBBCThe IndependantThe Economist Süddeutsche Zeitung International Herald Tribune IlSole-24Ore

15 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: > e.g. news on Nepal Google Alert FAQGoogle Alert FAQ ( english version ) Google Alert FAQ en français

16 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: a RSS feed Google reader help

17 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel: Google EarthGoogle Earth For UK: ordnance surveyordnance survey For France, see also the site of the Institut Géographique National Google Earth is a free programme to be downloaded to your PC or Mac Google Earth and UK Met office, global warming

18 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel:www.geoportail.frwww.geoportail.fr For UK: ordnance survey

19 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel: by air Low-cost airlines RyanairRyanair, Wizzair, Airberlin, and others in EuropeWizzairAirberlinothers Airports In Luxembourg, Germany, France, the UK …LuxembourgGermanyFranceUK Maps and hotel reservations maps.google.com Formalities: e-Ticketse-Tickets Useful addresses

20 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? >Your Health The Web as a location to exchange your health concerns ( USA Online Health Search 2006 PEW ): Pros and cons Health Search 2006 PEW Your Genome ? 23andMe, DecodeMe23andMeDecodeMe Websites EN: Revolutionhealth, WebMD, Medlineplus (site gouvernemental)RevolutionhealthWebMDMedlineplus FR: HAS, Doctissimo, eSanté, Medinet.be, Canadian-Health-networkHASDoctissimoeSantéMedinet.beCanadian-Health-network The seniors americans seniors and eHeath (an english survey)seniors americans seniors Day to day life and gerontology (rapport Ministère Santé en FR)rapport Ministère Santé en FR Fondation Health on The Net as a quality label.ondation Health on The Net

21 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Google Health https://www.google.com/health/html/about/ Of course, you must have an account by Google by Microsoft

22 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Finding documents and information All the knowledge in the world?

23 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Finding information > Using G Y M ?GYM Google ( )www.google.com Yahoo ( )www.yahoo.com Microsoft (www.live.com )www.live.com and other search enginesother search engines (a list of search bookmarks can be found on del.icio.us, bookmark sharing site )del.icio.us Searches must be properly defined to find relevant hits … The « Google guide » from Nancy Blachman: a must to use properly GoogleGoogle guide Information evaluation Information evaluation ( Berkeley University ) Browsing the web with fr.wikipedia.org, de.wikipedia.org as a starting pointwww.wikipedia.orgfr.wikipedia.orgde.wikipedia.org

24 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Internet shopping, managing your finances On-line shopping: Is it safe? Bank cards and httpshttps The big players: Amazon (books)... Amazon Auctions: eBAYeBAY the long tail Managing your finances: banking (on-line transfers and account statements etc.) on-line financial and economic information, stock-exchange etc.

25 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Learning … languages Honing your skills: Multilingual language tests / vocabulary exercises in Multilingual language tests / vocabulary exercises in … ( Goethe Institut ) BBC learning englishBBC learning english ( BBC ) ( Uni.Lu ) ( arabe ) Resources … Language tools – DictionariesLanguage tools – Dictionaries (in FR) Learning languages via the Internet Learning languages via the Internet (FR as a teaching medium) BBC languages BBC languages (EN as a teaching medium) The Economist Style guideStyle guide BabylonBabylon (on-line translations whilst browsing the web)

26 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Games Games? Happy Neuron: Scientific research proves that to stay fit and at the top of our game, our brains need exercise just like our bodies. Happy Neurons entertaining and challenging games are fun AND scientifically developed to keep our brains fit. Based on personal progress, Happy Neuron will also provide you new challenges. Track your progress, challenge your friends, Play Smart!Happy Neurongamesscientifically developed personal progressTrack your progressPlay Smart! Crosswords, Sudoku: exampleexample Play with your kids (and check they are doing) Fitness: Wii Fit Wii Fit

27 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Practicing a hobby… > for example: digital photography image software (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom range)Adobe PhotoshopLightroom transferring your photos to your PC (USB cable or, better still, card reader) filing your photos (Adobe Album PhotoShop Elements 6 to begin with) choosing which photos to keep and which to delete (most difficult of all) correcting the images (Adobe PhotoShop Elements 6 to begin with) sharing your photos (by and or publishing them on the Internet): an example with ultralight planespublishing them on the Internetultralight planes printing your photos on photo paper (expansive to buy a printer), printing an paper album concerning a given event saving your photos (formats, media) and what if disaster strikesformatsif disaster strikes training? Last but not least, an excellent address: Hi-spec equipment: CPU, RAM, graphic card, screen(s), graphics tablet, memory card reader, printer (?), CD-DVD burner, external HD

28 My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how to connect to the Internet > troubleshooting What to buy? Portable + : mobility (relative), small size - : more expensive, performance, limited battery-life Desktop + : price, modularity, evolution, demands (graphics, simulations, games) - : size Components Processor and cards, random access memory (RAM), screen, hard disk, CD-DVD reader/burner, speakers, keyboard, mouse or touchpad, HD back-up Printer (keep an eye on consumables) Internet connection Software

29 My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how/where to connect to the Internet > troubleshooting Where to buy? Local store By mail E.g. Pay attention to after-sales service Price vs service (the cheapest is not always best) Price, an indication Desktops from 349 ( ? ) Desktops from 349 Portables from 499 ( ? ) Portables from 499 Software and peripherals

30 My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how to connect to the Internet > troubleshooting How to get an Internet connection? Choosing an internet service provider (ISP) ? Life expectancy of ISP? Service? Home installation Speed? ADSL … watch out for location WiFi? (encryption to protect your line!) Troubleshooting

31 My PC and the Web > Hardware Keyboard, mouse, screen, speakers … Electricity (mains or battery) Central processing unit (CPU), cards … Working memory (RAM) Mass storage (hard disk - HD) CD / DVD reader/burner Printer and paper Various local connections and to the outside world … finding out more

32 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? Software on your PC … or elsewhere Operating System Microsoft XP and Vista, Apple OS X, Linux, Web OS Applications (software) Drafting, calculating, presenting, communicating MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Explorer), OpenOffice-Firefox-Thunderbird, Google applications (via the Internet)OpenOfficeFirefoxThunderbird Communicating with the Internet: browsers and HTTPbrowsersHTTP MS Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 2, Apple Safari, Opera possibly other software depending on your needs Exchanging messages and files (SMTP) MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird Viewing or playing images, sounds, videos … Reading certain files PDF, Flash, Java Protecting your PC (Norton Antivirus, Karpinski Antivirus, Avast ),Norton AntivirusAvast Avoiding unwanted s (spam) Other software, free of charge or not, according to your needs

33 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Software … elsewhere (on the Web)

34 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Software … elsewhere (on the Web)

35 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work... With you >Ergonomy Bad positions Practical guide to work at screen and keyboardPractical guide to work at screen and keyboard (OSHA-USA) Guide pratique du travail à lécran Guide pratique du travail à lécran ( )www.rh.inserm.fr

36 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Internet service providers (ISP) Luxembourg France Example: ADSL 100% Neuf Box >>> high-speed Internet up to 20 Mb/s Unlimited telephone calls - to landlines in France and more than 30 other countries including Algeria AssilaBox (see list)see list - telephone subscription included without need to change number High Definition Television - 69 channels included (see list) - integrated digital tv tuner - optional (paying) access to over 150 channels - digital video recorder with control over direct - access to video on demand with more thatn 1000 titles availablesee list Nine gigabytes (9 Gb) of partitionable on-line storage WiFi Neuf Box included

37 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Internet service providers (ISPs) ISPs in Europe: further consolidation.ISPs in Europe: further consolidation. Buyers lining up for AOL Europe's ISP portfolio. In the UK, it would appear that BSkyB and BT are best placed. Telecom Italia would seem to be interested in acquiring the French and German branches. In France, it is competing with 9 télécom which would move up to second place behind Wanadoo. Free could be tempted in order to prevent its rival replacing it as the second biggest player. It would also be a good move for Club Internet which could make up for lost time in the area of high-speed connections particularly since it is preparing to launch an innovative video service based on Microsoft technology. In Germany, Telecom Italia would have to fight it out with the Dutch Versatel group which wishes to expand its operations to include ISP. The ISP market is liable to see further consolidation since the value of Internet subscriptions should fall as a result of which it will be necessary to to develop the economic model offering more higher added-value services. These will enter into competition with on-line and the services offered by ASP software companies (Google Yahoo Microsoft aka GYM…). The squaring of the economic circle wont be easy with the replacement of hardware, with higher prices, in order to offer ever more sophisticated services and the inevitable reduction in connection charges in relation to more and more expensive services and contents. We are entering into an uneasy period where there might well be some surprises. In this context, it is the communications groups which are best placed and in France, Frees choice between merging or putting itself up for sale in the coming months will set the tone for the French market. By way of comparison, one need only look at the developments in the vidoe game sector. The leading game developers have seen their capitalisation reduced by 25% in recent times, in other words, some 6 billion US dollars went up in smoke. The reason for this is simple: developments in the gaming platforms lead to renewal but the new functionalities also result in an unbridled increase in development costs. Increased competition and marketing costs have at the same time left many players in a vulnerable position. The same will happen with ISPs.

38 My PC and the Web > How does it work ? >Internet Service Providers (ISP) How many ISPs and Internet players will ther still be in 10 years time ? In the meantime >>> Telecoms, ISPs ISPs account for most consumer complaints in 2006 Difficult times for ISPs' set to continue. The DGCCRF, the Directorate- General for Competition, Consumption and Repression of Frauds, which is currently organising meetings with ISPs to check the quality of their customer services, has just published its 2006 assessment of complaints in the telecommunications sector. The conclusions could not be clearer: with complaint procedures, ISPs represent the most criticized sector of activity. In total, complaint procedures were recorded, i.e. 4.1% less than the previous year. Despite these rather optimistic results, the DGCCRF notes that "the level of the consumers' dissatisfaction remains high". Indeed, the complaints against Internet services now account for 58,3% of all recorded procedures. Their number increased by 17.4% in relation to 2005, where complaints had been lodged by private individuals. The principal reasons for complaints relate to technical problems (29% of the total), difficulties in cancelling services (22%) and problems relating to invoicing (9.7%). Another complaint factor is that with the generalisation of total local loop unbundling which enables the subscriber to have a telephone line while freeing terminating the subscription to France Telecom, technical problems which may affect the proper functioning of the Internet may also affect the telephone line.

39 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment Mobile phones, personal organisers (PDAs)PDAs iPOD (MP3 players) iPODMP3 GPS (global positioning system) GPS Digital cameras (stills and video) Digital tv Computer accessories (typically via a USB connection):USB Printer (multifunction: scanner, fax), scanner, photo printer, graphics tablet, external hard disk, USB memory stick, memory card readers, Webcam, headset with microphone, video projector, joystick, speakers… graphics tabletWebcam Game consoles (Sony PS3, Nitendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360)PS3Wii Networked PCs Towards a local or external media centre

40 My PC and the Web > A PC and other electronic equipment > The semantic web and P2P networks in cars The semantic web and P2P networks in cars A German navigation system called SmartWeb, is working on using the semantic web and P2P networks to interact with drivers.SmartWeb The project aims to endow GPS navigation interfaces with speech recognition capabilities but also with the ability to recognize gestures and facial expressions to enable them to be consulted whilst driving. The navigator is on-line so that recent information can be taken into account. In order for such a device to be useful, it must automate the consultation process and the integration of information gathered in the navigation system. SmartWeb makes use of semantic technology and a contents extraction method which allow web pages to be interpreted correctly and facilitates their use. SmartWeb also functions as an ad-hoc P2P network between vehicles. If a vehicle detects a risk of aquaplaning, it sends a signal to all other vehicles so that their drivers may be alerted to the danger. The Car2Car consortium, a group of European manufacturers, is also working on a Mesh network between vehicles able to transmit such information.Car2CarMesh network It should be noted that there also are other projects, associated with various European initiatives such as PReVENT, AIDe or GST Telematics, aiming to increase automotive safety by providing the driver with greater information and better electronic assistance.PReVENTAIDeGST Telematics Source:

41 My PC and the Web > A PC and other electronic equipment > The semantic web and P2P networks in cars The semantic web and P2P networks in cars Source:

42 My PC and the Web > Addresses to help understand the Web and its evolution How big is the WebHow big is the Web? The Hidden WebThe Hidden Web A possible future of research? See the article on FreebaseFreebase The stakes in the international governance of the Internet: documentsdocuments Why a new Internet protocol (IPv6)IPv6 After DNS, ONS towards an Internet of objects identified by RFID:DNSONSRFID

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