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1Seminar: ‘preparing for retirement’ My PC and the Web'Computing for seniors'Seminar: ‘preparing for retirement’Bruxelles,
2My PC and the Web: overview A PC - what for?Where to buy, where to go for help, which access provider?HardwareSoftwareThe PC and other electronic equipmentFinding out moreQuestions and answers
3My PC and the Web > A PC - what for? Communication: messaging, chat, telephony, exchanging, sharingAccessing the Institutions' intranet sitesKeeping up with current events: press, news, RSS feedsGetting information on ...Internet shopping and managing your financesTravelLearningPlayingYour HealthPractising a hobby… e.g. digital photography
4My PC and the Web > A PC - what for? > Communicating: e-mail A programme (MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird for Win, Mail for Mac OSX)One or more addresses as appropriateTake care in setting up your address bookAvoiding ‘spam’ (unwanted s)Avoiding excessively large or numerous attachmentsSending several ‘zipped’ files ( Quickzip )Subscribing to ‘newsletters’ or notifications ( or RSS a video to explain)Do not open attachments from unknown senders…
5My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: ‘chat’ 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 applications—computer programs, Internet Relay Chat, talkers and possibly MUDs, MUCKs, MUSHes and MOOes.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.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.
6My PC and the Web > A PC – what for. > Communicating: ‘chat’ – e My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: ‘chat’ – e.g. Google talk
7My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: telephone callsInternet telephonywith webcam or not
8My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: telephone callsInternet telephony or
9Exchanging views, voicing your opinion My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: exchanging, sharingExchanging views, voicing your opinionForums ( e.g photography )Wikis ( e.g. fr.wikipedia.org …Blogs (e.g. AIACE-Luxembourg, French language educational blogs, a blog on information sciences, some blogs hosted by the ‘ Le Monde’ newspaperSharingYour photos (www.flickr.com, )Your videos (www.youtube.com, )Your bookmarks ( )Your documents : ( docs.google.com, , )
10My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (1) Panorama des médias sociauxTools to publish: blog (Typepad, Blogger, Skyblog, WordPress …), wiki (Wikipedia, Wikia, Wetpaint…), citizen journalism (Digg, Newsvine, Wikio, 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) ;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…) ;
11My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (2) Panorama des médias sociauxGeneral social networks: (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, Orkut…), business (LinkedIn, Boompa…) or NingMicropublication (Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku, Plazes…) and (twitxr, tweetpeek), and also services for lifestream (FriendFeed, Socializr…)Livecast (Justin.tv, BlogTV, Yahoo! Live, UStream…) et leurs équivalents mobiles (Qik, Flixwagon, Kyte, LiveCastr…)Virtual life (Second Life, Entropia Universe, There…), 3D chats (Habbo, IMVU…), and for kids (Stardoll, Club 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…).
12My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: your own personalised homepage for your browserGoogle,Yahoo …offer similar possibilities
13My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Accessing the Institutions’ intranet sitesEuropean ParliamentCommission: https://intracomm.ec.europa.euOther EU institutionsSee for practical advice
14Newsletters, forums, blogs, surveys RSS feeds My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: press, news, RSS feedsPressInternational press ( Courrier International )Newsletters, forums, blogs, surveysRSS feedsLe Monde, Le Figaro, Libération,International Herald TribuneSüddeutsche ZeitungThe Guardian, BBC, The Independant, The EconomistIlSole-24Ore
15My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: > e.g. news on NepalGoogle Alert FAQ ( english version )Google Alert FAQ en français
16My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Keeping up-to-date with current affairs: a RSS feedGoogle reader help
17My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel: Google Earth Google Earth is a free programme to be downloaded to your PC or MacGoogle Earthand UK Met office,global warmingFor UK: ordnance surveyFor France, see also the site of the Institut Géographique National
18My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel:www.geoportail.fr For UK:ordnance survey
19My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Travel: by air ‘Low-cost’ airlinesRyanair, Wizzair, Airberlin, and others in EuropeAirportsIn Luxembourg, Germany, France, the UK …Maps and hotel reservationsmaps.google.comFormalities: e-TicketsUseful addresses
20My 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 consYour Genome ? 23andMe , DecodeMeWebsitesEN: Revolutionhealth , WebMD, Medlineplus (site gouvernemental)FR: HAS, Doctissimo, eSanté, Medinet.be , Canadian-Health-networkThe seniors americans seniors and eHeath (an english survey)Day to day life and gerontology (rapport Ministère Santé en FR)Fondation Health on The Net as a quality label.
21My 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 Googleby Microsoft
22My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Finding documents and informationAll the knowledge in the world?
23My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Finding information > Using G Y M ?Google ( )Yahoo ( )Microsoft (www.live.com )and other search engines(a list of search bookmarks can be found on del.icio.us, bookmark sharing site )Searches must be properly defined to find relevant hits …The « Google guide » from Nancy Blachman: a must to use properly GoogleInformation evaluation ( Berkeley University )Browsing the web with fr.wikipedia.org , de.wikipedia.org as a starting point
24My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Internet shopping, managing your financesOn-line shopping:Is it safe? Bank cards and ‘https’The big players: Amazon (books) ...Auctions: eBAYthe long tail Managing your finances:banking (on-line transfers and account statements etc.)on-line financial and economic information, stock-exchange etc.
25My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Learning … languages Honing your skills:Multilingual language tests / vocabulary exercises in … ( Goethe Institut )BBC learning english ( BBC )( Uni.Lu )( arabe )Resources …Language tools – Dictionaries (in FR)Learning languages via the Internet (FR as a teaching medium)BBC languages (EN as a teaching medium)The Economist Style guideBabylon (on-line translations whilst browsing the web)
26My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > 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 Neuron’s 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!Crosswords, Sudoku: examplePlay with your kids (and check they are doing)Fitness: Wii Fit
27My PC and the Web > A PC – what for My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Practicing a hobby… > for example: digital photographyimage software (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom range)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 planesprinting your photos on photo paper (expansive to buy a printer), printing an paper album concerning a given eventsaving your photos (formats, media) and what if disaster strikestraining? 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
28My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how to connect to the Internet > troubleshootingWhat to buy?Portable+ : mobility (relative), small size - : more expensive, performance, limited battery-lifeDesktop+ : price, modularity, evolution, demands (graphics, simulations, games) - : sizeComponentsProcessor and cards, random access memory (RAM), screen, hard disk, CD-DVD reader/burner, speakers, keyboard, mouse or touchpad, HD back-upPrinter (keep an eye on consumables)Internet connectionSoftware
29My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how/where to connect to the Internet > troubleshootingWhere to buy?Local storeBy mailE.g.Pay attention to after-sales servicePrice vs service (the cheapest is not always best)Price, an indicationDesktops from 349€ ( ? )Portables from 499€ ( ? )Software and peripherals
30How to get an Internet connection? My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how to connect to the Internet > troubleshootingHow to get an Internet connection?Choosing an internet service provider (ISP) ?Life expectancy of ISP?Service? Home installationSpeed? ADSL … watch out for locationWiFi? (encryption to protect your line!)Troubleshooting
31My 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/burnerPrinter and paperVarious local connections and to the outside world… finding out more
32My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? Software on your PC … or elsewhereOperating SystemMicrosoft XP and Vista, Apple OS X, Linux, ‘Web OS’Applications (software)Drafting, calculating, presenting, communicatingMS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Explorer) , OpenOffice-Firefox-Thunderbird, Google applications (via the Internet)Communicating with the Internet: browsers and HTTPMS Explorer 7, Mozilla Firefox 2, Apple Safari, Operapossibly other software depending on your needsExchanging messages and files (SMTP)MS Outlook, Mozilla ThunderbirdViewing or playing images, sounds, videos …Reading certain filesPDF, Flash, JavaProtecting your PC (Norton Antivirus, Karpinski Antivirus, Avast ),Avoiding unwanted s (spam)Other software, free of charge or not, according to your needs
33My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Software … elsewhere (on the Web)
34My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Software … elsewhere (on the Web)
35My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work ... With you >Ergonomy Bad positionsPractical guide to work at screen and keyboard (OSHA-USA)Guide pratique du travail à l’écran ( )
36My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Internet service providers (ISP)LuxembourgFrance, ,Example: ADSL 100% Neuf Box >>> high-speed Internet up to 20 Mb/sUnlimited telephone calls- to landlines in France and more than 30 other countries including Algeria AssilaBox (see list)- telephone subscription included without need to change numberHigh Definition Television 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 availableNine gigabytes (9 Gb) of partitionable on-line storageWiFi ‘Neuf Box’ included
37My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work? > Internet service providers (ISPs)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 won’t 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, Free’s 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.
38My PC and the Web > How does it work 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, ISPsISPs account for most consumer complaints in 2006Difficult 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 17 322 complaint procedures, ISPs represent the most criticized sector of activity.In total , 29 704 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 14 755 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.
39My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment Mobile phones, personal organisers (PDAs)iPOD (MP3 players)GPS (global positioning system)Digital cameras (stills and video)Digital tvComputer accessories (typically via a USB connection):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…Game consoles (Sony PS3 , Nitendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360)Networked PCsTowards a local or external ‘media centre’
40My PC and the Web > A PC and other electronic equipment > The semantic web and P2P networks in carsA German navigation system called SmartWeb, is working on using the semantic web and P2P networks to interact with drivers.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.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.Source:
41My PC and the Web > A PC and other electronic equipment > The semantic web and P2P networks in carsSource:
42My PC and the Web > Addresses to help understand the Web and its evolution How big is the Web? The Hidden WebA possible future of research? See the article on FreebaseThe stakes in the international governance of the Internet: documentsWhy a new Internet protocol (IPv6)After ‘DNS’, ‘ONS’ towards an Internet of objects identified by ‘RFID’:
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