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First Contact: octogenarian meets Linux

February 3, 2010

My mother received the computer yesterday that I sent her.  We spent about an hour on the phone exploring the desktop together, and she didn’t sound too freaked out by it.  We opened up Gmail, I sent her a YouTube link which she played, she started a Linux guest session for my sister who was visiting, and so on.  To all appearances, they had fun playing around and she’s pretty happy with it.

She informed me that she is getting old.  “I’m eighty two”, she said.  When the hell did that happen?  I remember her making fudge in Iowa City.  No moon landing yet, but lots of Vietnam on our black-and-white television.  And Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on how she does with it.  There will be a news gap while she is down in California taking care of her mother.

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  1. February 3, 2010 at 20:17 | #1

    Taking care of her mother?  Holy crap!

  2. February 4, 2010 at 09:03 | #2

    She sounds like a geek at heart!!  :cheese:

  3. February 4, 2010 at 15:24 | #3

    I’m confused is the lady in California your mother’s mother?  If you don’t mind the question.

  4. February 4, 2010 at 15:38 | #4

    Yep.  My grandmother, who is 100.

  5. February 4, 2010 at 19:03 | #5

    No moon landing yet, but lots of Vietnam on our black-and-white television.

    Since the last Moon landing, we’ve had a generation of kids grow up and start having their own kids. I keep having to remind myself of this, because I can’t believe it either.

  6. February 6, 2010 at 08:59 | #6

    All I can say is Bless Grandmother’s heart and I wish her the best.

  7. February 7, 2010 at 14:09 | #7

    My gran (RIP) was born before the Wright brothers flew and lived to see men on the moon. All that progress in one lifetime! Wow!

    During my lifetime (I’m 65) the average speed of traffic in London UK has remained at 11 kmh :-(

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