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Dave SchellenbergDave Schellenberg, Technology Columnist of CBC Radio Canada talk show transcript
"- A good guide that I recently came across is a book called “Grandpa and the Computer.”
- The book is written by James Hart who went into a deep depression after his wife of 60 years passed away. To bring him out of it, one of his grandchildren got her dad to buy him a computer. At that point, he decided, at the age of 82, that he would learn to use this computer. The book is about his adventure.
What is in the book?
- The book is essentially three sections.
- One section is a bit of a guide on how to use the computer, another one is kind of a workbook, but the best section is when he is just writing about his feelings and how he overcame them.
- When he writes about what he went through, he talks about things like his “nosey neighbour” and how his neighbour teased him the day that the computer arrived. So, he set out to master the computer, in part, to show his nosey neighbour.
- He also writes about how he only finished the eight grade and how he figures that most of learning is common sense.
- He gives great credit in the book to his granddaughter. He talks about how the computer put tools in his hand so he would have to work his brain. And, that made a new man out of him.
- I think that message is true of most people that take the time to learn how to use a computer.