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Elder Tech

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Do you have an older relative who is fairly (or totally) new to computers and technology? If so, this video and the show notes are for you!

  • EXPLAIN WHAT THE GADGET DOES, This should be the first thing you do when instructing someone about a device. For starters, this should spark interest from the person and may cause them to pay more attention during your explanation. If they know, for instance, that they will be able to watch their favorite show or check their stocks on the internet, it gives them more incentive to learn. The older generation tends to not know what a lot of the newer gadgets are or what they do, so when you say “wireless router”, their head may explode. Just explain this is the device that will allow you to watch their favorite show or check your stocks. Maybe compare it to similar devices around the house like a digital cable box. Before moving on, make sure the person knows the function of the device.
  • ASSUME THIS PERSON HAS LIVED IN A CAVE FOR 20 YEARS. What I mean by this is, assume that the person is TOTALLY ignorant to what you are teaching them. Make sure you explain EVERYTHING. It really sucks when you have to make a trip back to grandma’s house AGAIN because you forgot to explain her screen is blank because her monitor is not on. On a side note, if they say they know, make sure they do. Remember , old people get confused too. If they say your treating them like a baby, politely say “Yes I am, because you grandma, are an infant to technology.”
  • DO NOT INCLUDE INFORMATION THEY DON’T NEED TO KNOW! For instance, if your grandma just got her first computer and she is just going to use it to look up recipes and email, there is NO NEED to explain about hard drives, processors, memory, etc. All she needs to know is how to access the information and exit the information. Trust me, I have ran into many problems trying to explain WAY too many things at a time with people. Their brains just can’t handle it. So keep it simple. You will have plenty of time, (hopefully), to explain to your grandma the ins and outs of the PC which will probably come when your sent to fix her computer the first time.
  • LET THEM DO IT THEMSELVES! A lot of people are tactile learners and NEED to do something to learn it. So, after you have done all the explaining you can do, ask them to try it. Make sure they do everything right, as this is probably the way they will do it for the rest of their life. If they do something wrong, START OVER. Do not go on from where they messed up. This will keep the order of the process correct in their head.
  • WRITE THE INSTRUCTIONS DOWN! This is great for older people who just seem to LOVE to read. This should be a simple list of how to turn on, work, and turn off the device. Tell them to tape the instructions to the device such as the back of a monitor, bottom of a dvd player, etc. This will save you many phone calls of complaining that the device won’t work.

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Movies that Don't tell the Tech Truth

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I don’t mind when a movie has something “Tech” in it, as long as it’s realistic, or even remotely so. There have been times in movies, though, where you just have to hang your head as a Geek and wonder what Hollywood was thinking.

Bwana mentioned being bothered by the movie Jurassic Park, during the scene where the girl uses a Unix system. After this video was posted, I received a follow up email to explain that scene. The file system you saw on screen in that scene is called “3d navigator” and was developed by Silicon Graphics (SGI) for their version of unix. You can see a Screenshot here.

SC_Thor has to cringe when watching Swordfish. Build a virus out of legos? What are you talking about? Ohhh. I feel the need to go play with something the guys can’t see while they continue talking!

Wirelesspacket doesn’t mind Hackers so much. At least it’s realistic in the sense it COULD be that way in the future. However, he feels that the movie Takedown was more realistic.

Clear and Present Danger just wasn’t right at all. There’s a part where someone is trying to delete files on a computer from the Command Line, and the directory is longer than it should be. How hard is C:??

And now, for my invention! Look… I built my own virus out of Legos! Now all I need to do is send it to the Mother Ship. I’m such a genius.

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Open Sourcing Free Energy Technology – Sterling Allan


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Sterling D. Allan, CEO of Pure Energy Systems Network, and founder of the New Energy Congress, gives the captone presentation on Aug. 11, 2007 at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle. He speaks about the process of screening for the best clean energy technologies, and suggests the open source approach for breaking the logjam on some of the more revolutionary technologies. He defines “free energy” as referring to energy modalities that harness energy that does not have to be paid for, including conventional methods such as solar, wind, geothermal, and tide; as well as the exotic approaches, including cold fusion, zero point energy, and magnet motors. He expects that some of these more exotic forms could bring the price of energy down several-fold, while also being clean and renewable. He recommends the open source method for quickly disseminating the technology once it is mature enough.

Sterling is the primary driving force behind FreeEnergyNews.com, PureEnergySystems.com, PESWiki.com, PESN.com, and more recently, NewEnergyCongress.org, which have been growing consistently, with increasing team participation.

His passion is to see clean, affordable, reliable, safe, and practical energy solutions proceed from research and development into market penetration. He has made the term “free energy” more acceptable by relating it to solar, wind, geothermal, and other well-understood technologies; while also making the more exotic approaches not seem so crazy.

Sterling is the founder of a dozen-plus organizations whose functions range from preparedness and alternative energy development and promotion to defining, teaching and researching better ways to live as a society. He has proven experience in creating, managing and sustaining organizations, as well as in using websites as a way to teach, publish and disseminate information. He has long been interested in alternative energy systems, and has established a positive reputation in maintaining a news service and an extensive directory of energy solutions that are friendly to the environment.

Sterling discussed with us today the Top 100 Energy Technologies and open sourcing breakthrough energy technologies.

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Rich Media Email


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – To my knowledge, it is not possible to embed a video directly into an email. Most email clients will choke if you tried to send that type of rich media. Anything like Flash content and JavaScript even are considered to be a security risk, and are not allowed.

Way back in the late 1990s I authored a book called Email Publishing. In the book, I explained to people how to build communities using their email. Email publishing is about the content. Yes, sponsors are important. However, without good content you don’t have much of anything.

One of our faithful YouTube subscribers wrote in to ask how he can embed a video directly into an email. He wants it to either load or play immediately when the email is opened, or have it be a box the recipient can click to immediately play. To my knowledge, there is no way to do this. A video in an email will not render, and would likely be considered a security risk.

Another thing to think about is whether your audience really wants a video to begin playing immediately. Think back to when Microsoft made it possible for people to embed background music in their emails. How annoying was this? If I’m listening to music, or already have something playing I need to listen to, I do not want a video to automatically start playing when I open my email. Plain graphics and links are what you need to focus on. It’s acceptable to place a link in an email that goes to a page with the video embedded in the middle of it. Make it the recipient’s choice as to when they want to view your video.

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The Difference Between The Internet And The World Wide Web


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Think of the Internet as an umbrella. Underneath that umbrella, you will find online gaming, email, IMs, FTPs to share files, and P2P programs that share even more files and Web sites. The World Wide Web is everything that you can see or access from within a Web browser. Therefore, while the Internet is not the same as the World Wide Web, the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

Waaayyy back in 1992 when I first got online, things were much different than they are today. The first browser I ever used was Lynx. That allowed me to browse the Internet in text. The first graphical Web experience I had was either using O/S 2 from IBM or Mosaic, which later became Netscape. That first experience was full of stolen .GIFs, and a lot of centered, blue, underlined text. Those underlined text words were, of course, hyperlinks. The pretty blue color turned purple after you had clicked it at least once.

The World Wide Web is a series of hyperlinks. For instance, chris.pirillo.com is one of my Web sites. On there, I may have a link to you. And on your page, you may have links to others. They have links to even more people and places! Soon, we have this giant mish mash of connecting links. Welcome to the World Wide Web!

A Web site is comprised of Web pages, and a Web site resides on the World Wide Web. The Internet, then, is not the same as the WWW, but the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

In a poll of our current chatters at live.pirillo.com, 58% listed Web browsing as their favorite Internet activity. 18% chose IMing, 14% chose online gaming, and only 11% listed email as their favorite thing to do online. What is your favorite? What do you think will be the next generation of the Internet? We’re always interested in your feedback and comments.

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100 Seats Left at Gnomedex

Oh boy. I just checked registration numbers, and we’ve only got 100 seats left – and I haven’t even accounted for a few people. If you were planning on coming, register today. I can’t make exceptions folks – the main room at Bell Harbor can only seat 300 people. If you’re registrant #301, you’ll become a “Cove” Gnomedexer – experiencing Gnomedex from another room. That said, every attendee had a wonderful time last year – many of them returning for this year’s event. We’re going to be sold out before too long…