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My mother is a techie

// January 17th, 2010 // No Comments » // Life

About a year ago I came to the realisation that my mother is a techie. It was very hard to understand because outside of using OpenOffice, Firefox and the occasional Solitaire she didn’t know how to do much else. She has been using a Macbook for her day to day computing for nearly 4 years now and is a fierce Apple fanatic.

What makes her a techie is the things she takes for granted. The fact that she uses Virtualbox to host a virtual pc running Windows XP to do her taxes (Jamaican tax form programs are Windows only). She uses a dual head screen setup to work on her book and Google ig to manage her rss feeds and to preview her email. She also uses open source software like OpenOffice and Firefox, and knows what open source means. When she asked me to start designing a website for her, she insisted that it have integrated social networking capabilities and wanted it to scale dynamically on this new cloud computing she had heard of. On the mobile side she uses her “Google phone” a G1, which runs android and She uses the built in GPS to not only give her directions in traffic, but also to use Google Latitude to update locations with my sister and I.

I am pleased at her progress considering where she is coming from, and even though if you asked her about certain things she will say “I dunno” she most likely is already using it in some way or form without even realising it. Way to go Mom!

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