Sunday, September 11, 2011
What is a Computer?
What is a computer? The question comes up from time to time.
I sometimes get described as a computer/PC user/teacher with a missionary zeal. Thanks, but no.
Actually I am a tech guy who is always looking for the most appropriate tools, whatever they may be. It is not so much the tool that interests me as the problem and solution. I often do not recommend a PC. One resident here says the ONLY device a senior should use is an iPad.
That comes from working with individuals users directly, one-on-one. The biggest complaint from users: why does it need to be so complicated? What will WORK for me?
It doesn't need to be complicated to be a computer. New devices, both more specialized and more converging, work better. So often I see a senior trying to use a cast-off device under a great handicap.
I don't classify devices by type at all, I look for the best tool. I don't care what people call it Kindles, smartphones, TIVOs, and so on, are all computers, just with a specialized function. All the devices with processors are computers if you look up definitions in any dictionary or encyclopedia. . No definition confines computers to PCs and/or Macs, which are an older type of computer with a keyboard. Newer are smartphones, getting bigger all the time.
Check out the definitions. Look for the best tool for the job. Also, the best all-round computer for some might be a ChromeBook. Then, there is that new color Kindle 7" Android device. For seniors, the Telikin.