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1 My PC and the Web 'Computing for seniors'
Seminar: ‘preparing for retirement’ European Parliament, European Commission Luxembourg, JMO M6, 2009-Q2

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: e-mail
A programme (MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird for Win, 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 ) Subscribing to ‘newsletters’ or notifications ( or RSS a video to explain) Do not open attachments from unknown senders…

5 My 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

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

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

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

9 Exchanging views, voicing your opinion
My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Communicating: exchanging, sharing Exchanging views, voicing your opinion Forums ( e.g photography ) Wikis ( e.g. Blogs (e.g. AIACE-Luxembourg, French language educational blogs, a blog on information sciences, some blogs hosted by the ‘ Le Monde’ newspaper Sharing Your photos (www.flickr.com) Your videos (www.youtube.com, ) Your bookmarks ( Your documents : ( docs.google.com, , )

10 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for
My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (1)

11 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for
My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Overview of social media (2)

12 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Web trend map (3)

13 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Web trend map (4)
For a better view of this map, have a look on Source: Information Architects

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

15 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for
My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Accessing the Institutions’ intranet sites European Parliament Commission: https://intracomm.ec.europa.eu Other EU institutions See for practical advice

16 Newsletters, forums, blogs, surveys RSS feeds
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 ) Newsletters, forums, blogs, surveys RSS feeds The Guardian, BBC, The Independant, The Economist International Herald Tribune Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération, Süddeutsche Zeitung IlSole-24Ore

17 My 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 Nepal Google Alert FAQ ( english version ) Google Alert FAQ en français

18 My 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 feed Google reader help

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

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

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

22 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 Your Genome ? 23andMe , DecodeMe Websites EN: Revolutionhealth , WebMD, Medlineplus (site gouvernemental) FR: HAS, Doctissimo, eSanté, Medinet.be , Canadian-Health-network The 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.

23 My PC and the Web >A PC – what for? >Health care and technology
The Economist April 18 th 2009 A special report on health care and technology a free download supported by Philips

24 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

25 My 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 , bookmark sharing site ) Searches must be properly defined to find relevant hits … The « Google guide » from Nancy Blachman: a must to use properly Google Information evaluation ( Berkeley University ) Browsing the web with as a starting point

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

27 My 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 guide Babylon (on-line translations whilst browsing the web)

28 My 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: example Play with your kids (and check they are doing) Fitness: Wii Fit

29 My PC and the Web > A PC – what for
My PC and the Web > A PC – what for? > Practicing a hobby… > for example: digital photography image software (Adobe Photoshop CS4 , Lightroom 2 range) transferring your photos to your PC (USB cable or, better still, card reader) filing your photos (Adobe Album PhotoShop Elements 7 to begin with) choosing which photos to keep and which to delete (most difficult of all) correcting the images (PhotoShop Elements 7 or Picasa 3 to begin with) sharing your photos (by and or publishing them on the Internet): an example with ultralight 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 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

30 My PC and the Web > What and where to buy > how to connect to the Internet > troubleshooting What to buy? Portable or NetBook + : 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 How to eliminate your old PC ? Save energy

31 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 Pay attention to after-sales service Price vs service (the cheapest is not always best) Price, an indication Desktops from 349€ ( ? ) or less for an NetBook Portables from 499€ ( ? ) Software and peripherals

32 How to get an Internet connection?
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

33 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), external HD for backup CD / DVD reader/burner Printer and paper Various local connections and to the outside world … finding out more

34 My 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 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) Communicating with the Internet:  browsers and HTTP 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 (Karpinski Antivirus, Avast ), Avoiding unwanted s (spam) Other software, free of charge or not, according to your needs

35 My 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)

36 My PC and the Web > A PC: how does it work ... With you >Ergonomy
Bad positions Practical guide to work at screen and keyboard (OSHA-USA) Guide pratique du travail à l’écran ( )

37 My 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) 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) - telephone subscription included without need to change number High 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 available Nine gigabytes (9 Gb) of partitionable on-line storage WiFi ‘Neuf Box’ included

38 My 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, 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 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.

39 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment
Mobile phones, personal organisers (iPhone, PDAs) iPOD (MP3 players) GPS (global positioning system) Digital cameras (stills and video) Digital HDTV Computer 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 PSP and PS3 , Nitendo DSi and Wii, MS Xbox 360) Networked PCs Towards a local or external ‘media centre’

40 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment > Digital camera

41 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment > Video

42 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment > GPS

43 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment >Games

44 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment >Phones

45 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment >eBook reader

46 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment > Netbook

47 My PC and the WEB > PCs and other electronic equipment > iPOD and MP3 reader

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

49 My PC and the Web > Questions and answers
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