Great Age Guide to Better Living Through Technology

Great Age Guide to Better Living Through Technology

by Sandy Berger

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789734402
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 08/29/2005
Series: Sandy Berger's Great Age Guide Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Sandy Berger is seen and heard everywhere these days: in her Compu-KISS newsletter, on her radio program, in her newspaper column, in her three books, and on the Internet and by fans from around the globe. And although she is the host of the Computers and Technology section of the AARP web site, a far broader age group seeks her opinions. It's the universal appeal that put Sandy in Parade Magazine and on the Today Show. Dubbed "the Martha Stewart of e-learning," Sandy is knowledgeable, likable, and has a way with people. The New York Times placed her in the top five most influential people in e-learning.

Table of Contents

About Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guides.

Better Living Through Technology.

What’s Inside.

How This Book Is Organized.

1. Becoming a Digital Family.

    The High-Tech Home.

      What Does Digital Really Mean?

    Communicating with Family Members.

      Email.

      Instant Messaging.

      Webcams and Video Phones.

      Cell Phones.

      Family Websites and Photo Sites.

    Other Ways to Make the Most of the Internet .

      Hobbies.

      Creating Memories with the Youngsters.

    Researching Family History .

    Money and Time Saving Tips.

    Sandy’s Summary.

2. Search and Learn Online.

    Understanding and Using Internet Search Engines.

      Using a Search Engine.

      Finding a Search Engine.

    Which Search Engine Is for You?

    Smart Searching.

      Choosing Search Words.

      Double Quotation Marks.

      Narrow the Search.

      Minus Sign.

      Advanced Options.

    Encyclopedias and Dictionaries.

      Encyclopedias.

      Dictionaries.

    Virtual Museums and Libraries.

      Libraries.

    News and Magazines.

      Web-Connected Newspapers.

      Magazines.

      News with Online Connections.

      Customizing Your News.

      Blogs.

    Sandy’s Summary.

3. Shopping Online for Fun and Savings.

    Safe and Secure Shopping.

      Finding a Reputable Company.

      Paying by Credit Card.

      Check the Return Policy.

    Shopping Carts and Shopping Fun.

      Keep Good Records.

    Comparison Shopping.

    Enhanced Product Presentations.

    Online Catalogs.

    Customized Items.

    Auctions and Used Stuff.

    Disadvantages to Shopping Online.

    Sandy’s Summary.

4. Easy Travel Planning.

    Travel Planning Internet Resources.

      A Word to the Wise.

    Travel Bargains and Discounts.

      Email Notice.

       Discount Traveling for Boomers and Zoomers.

    Technology in the Air.

      Last Minute Travel.

    Maps and Global Positioning Systems.

      Mapping Websites.

      Global Positioning Systems.

      Mapping Programs.

    Armchair Travel.

    Rovin’ With Rover.

    On the Road.

    Sandy’s Summary.

5. Managing Your Finances.

    Personal Finance Software.

      Choosing the Software.

      Features and Tools Found in Finance Software .

    Online Banking and Bill Paying.

      Security.

    Other Financial Aids.

      Information-Filled Financial Websites .

      File Your Taxes Online.

      Credit Reports .

      Retirement Planning .

      Finding Loans, Mortgages, and Insurance Online.

    Investment Trading and Management on the Web.

      Online Trading Basics.

      Managing Your Portfolio Online.

      Brokerage Websites.

      Researching Stocks and Bonds.

    Sandy’s Summary.

6. Digital Photography and Instant Printing.

    What Makes a Camera Digital?

    Understanding Digital Photography.

      Resolution and Image Quality.

    Things to Consider Before You Buy.

      Ease of Use.

      Check out the Software.

      Mac or PC.

      Adding Smart Accessories.

      Know Your Cameras Capabilities.

      Advice from Experts.

    Editing and Organizing Digital Photos.

      Photo-Editing Software.

    Printers and Printing Options.

      Photo Printers.

      Paper Makes a Big Difference.

      Dealing with Ink.

      Printer Settings.

      Creative Printing Programs.

      Have Fun with Your Printer.

      Other Options for Getting Photos Printed.

    Restoring Old Photos.

      Restoring Photos.

      Learning Can Be Fun.

    Sandy’s Summary.

7. Music, Games, and Digital Diversions.

    The Magical World of Digital Music.

      Playing Music on your Computer.

      Portable Music Players.

      Purchasing Music Online.

      Digital Rights Management.

    Radio with a New Twist.

      Satellite Radio.

      Digital Radio.

    Old Hobbies, New Tools.

    Exciting New Diversions.

      Geocaching.

      Blogging.

      Webcamming.

    Old Hobbies Get New Life.

      Classic Car Lovers.

      Internet Gourmet.

    Blooming As an Internet Gardener.

      Gardening Websites.

      Trees and Birds and Bees.

      Organic Gardening.

      Herb Gardening.

    Games Galore.

      Computer Games.

      Online Gaming.

      Video Games for Grown-ups.

      Games Are Good for Your Health.

    Sandy’s Summary.

8. Online Health Information and Resources.

    Websites to Visit for Health and Medical Resources.

      Finding Medical Websites.

      Health Information for Boomers and Beyond.

       Becoming a Discerning Information Seeker.

      Learning the Medical Lingo.

    Finding Support Groups Online.

    High-Tech Health Solutions.

      Resources for Healthy Vision.

      Help for the Hearing Impaired.

      Oral Health.

    Digital Devices and Resources for Healthier Living.

      Using Digital Resources to Stay Healthy.

      Electronic Medical Records.

      Digital Imaging.

    The Technology of the Future Is Here Now.

      Personal BioChips.

      Virtual Medicine.

      Advances in Surgical Procedures.

    Sandy’s Summary.

9. Meeting People Online.

    Internet Communities.

      Types of Communities.

      What a Community Site Offers You.

    Finding a Community That Understands You.

    Online Friendship and Dating.

      Just Looking for a Friend?

      Dating.

    Cautious Cyber Relations.

      Use Extra-Safe Dating Sites.

      Guard Your Anonymity .

      Ask for a Photo.

      Take Time to Get to Know a Person.

      Speak on the Phone.

      Meet in a Public Place.

    Online Safety for Children.

      Software-Assisted Babysitting.

      Offline Steps to Protect the Kids.

    Sandy’s Summary.

Index.

Preface

Introduction

Have you ever stopped to think about the role of technology in your life? There's no doubt that today's younger generations will benefit from current and future technological advances, but today's older generations are already seeing the biggest lifestyle improvements ever. We are living longer, more active lives than our parents and grandparents. Our ancestors went from youth to middle age to old age. We, with a new mentality and the help of technology, have added an entire epoch to our lives—the Great Age!

Everyone knows that the term baby boomer refers to individuals who were born after World War II. This group is generally recognized as encompassing people who were born between 1946 and 1964. The boomers' older siblings don't have a moniker associated with their generation, but along with the boomers, they are often referred to as zoomers because they are not ready to be

relegated to a rocking chair. Boomers and zoomers are zooming into the latter part of their lives, zooming into technology, and zooming into everything they do. They are vibrant individuals who deal enthusiastically with all aspects of their lives. They are ready to enjoy the Great Age they have created.

About Sandy Berger's Great Age Guides

It's about time that someone addressed the issues that face those of us who did not grow up with computers. We are not technologically impaired. We are not dummies. And we are not about to be overlooked.

It's just that we didn't learn about computers in school, so we sometimes approach the new-fangled digital world with a bit of trepidation. Can someone please tell us justwhat we need to know without the complicated mumbo-jumbo?

That is exactly what this series does. It is explicitly geared for the needs and wants of baby boomers and beyond. It tells you just what you need to know—no more and no less. It uses the winning formula of need-to-know information along with easy-to-understand explanations.

Over the past decade, I have helped many boomers and their older siblings learn how to use computers and technology to enhance and improve their lives. I understand the needs and wants of this generation. After all, I am enjoying the Great Age myself. I am anxious to help guide you into the world of technology where the Great Age is full of enjoyment and anticipation.

Better Living Through Technology

Most of us realize that the path to better living is through technology. Computers and technology now affect every aspect of our lives. They have extended our longevity, improved our health, made travel planning easier, and even made it easier to handle our finances. Sandy Berger's Great Age Guide to Better Living Through Technology is filled with information that will enrich your life. It will put you on the cutting edge while making sure that you are far from the bleeding edge. It will help you get comfortable with technology and allow you to understand the many ways that it can make life easier.

This book is intended to give you a taste of the richness and ease that technology can bring to your life. I will give you an idea of what technology can do for you. I hope that this will lead you to explore more possibilities on your own. Websites are given as examples of where you can find more information. Each web address has been checked and rechecked, but if you can't get to a specific website of some reason, just remember that you can probably find many similar websites if you look around.

Remember you don't have to memorize anything here. Just sit back, relax, and absorb whatever information is important to you. This book will give you the gist of what computers and technology can do for you. After you know what is out there for you, you can experience as much or as little as you like. No pressure—just relax and enjoy this book and you will come to enjoy technology.

What's Inside

There are no special instructions for using this book. Start at the beginning or jump around as you please. I've added a quote at the beginning of each chapter because we can always learn from others. I've also included several special features to help you in your quest for knowledge.

Sandy's Tips - Sandy's Tips give you my personal tips, tricks, and shortcuts to make life in the digital world a little easier

Lingo - The Lingo boxes explain any high-tech terms in easy-to-understand language.

Blooper Alert - The Blooper Alerts help you avoid some of the pitfalls. By telling you about some of the places where most people stumble, these alerts enable you to stay out of trouble and to feel a whole lot smarter.

Trivia - The Trivia boxes are just for fun. They are tidbits of fascinating information—little things that include today's factoids as well as details from the good old days.

How This Book Is Organized
  • Chapter 1, "Becoming a Digital Family," presents ways family members can communicate with each other, create family websites and fun family projects, and even research the family tree.

  • Chapter 2, "Search and Learn Online," explains how to use search engines to find what you need. You'll also learn about online encyclopedias, virtual libraries, museums, and other research tools.

  • Chapter 3, "Shopping Online for Fun and Savings," brings the digital world of shopping into your living room.

  • Chapter 4, "Easy Travel Planning," gives you everything you need to know about travel planning, Internet travel resources, bargains, and discounts.

  • Chapter 5, "Managing your Finances," helps you understand online banking, personal finance programs, and investing via the Web.

  • Chapter 6, "Digital Photography and Instant Printing," helps you stay up to date in the world of digital cameras, printers, and scanners.

  • Chapter 7, "Music, Games, and Digital Diversions" introduces you to the ways that high-tech resources have changed old hobbies, such as music appreciation, cooking, and gardening, and created new ones, such as geocaching.

  • Chapter 8, "Online Health Information and Resources," explains high-tech health devices and advances and gives you digital resources for staying healthy.

  • Chapter 9, "Meeting People Online," investigates the many ways you can meet people online and have safe and exciting online relationships.

My fondest wish is that you enjoy this book and have fun with technology!


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