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9 The Digital Camera Pictures of the


Amateur photographer of the year

13 .5 Cover Pictures that were picked,

but, never made it!

17.5 Master Chief Reese of USS Forrestal

always is submitting all sorts of works

20 American Legion advertise

21 Tablets and Computers for Seniors:

The Only Guide You Need

33 HP PCs - Creating a Wired Local

Area Network

46 Some of The Boss’s Pictures for

“Pete’s Desk” –Again!

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The Digital Camera Picture of the year!

By Rodrigo Esperanza


Again I have the distinct honor on choosing the digital photographer of the year. A

numbers of years’s of Oliver and Malcolm Pierce, this year Oliver and

Malcolm once again got nominated as Photographers of the year.

Oliver and Malcolm Pierce

Oliver and Malcolm Pierce and companion Sasha,

an adventurer’s trio. They have beautiful and

fantastic pictures that you should plan your next

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Our lady guide who never gets lost is Sasha!




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From Peter’s

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your brother

Malcolm were

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“Again” and keep

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Cover Pictures

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Tablets and Computers for Seniors:

The Only Guide You Need

By Publisher | Last updated June 15, 2020

Finding the best tablets and computers for seniors can be a challenging task, but it's

more than doable. Yes, older adults can have a wide range of unique needs.

However, computer manufacturers are continually coming up with new ways to

meet those needs. From large-print keyboards to touchscreens to simplified

operating systems, there are a myriad of options to help seniors stay connected with


Besides, did you know that computer use is on the rise among this demographic? A

2016 survey by Pew Research Center found that 67 percent of American adults over

the age of 65 use the Internet, up from 53 percent in a 2012 survey. About a third of

respondents in the 2016 survey reported using social media (and 70 percent of those


who did said they check it every day). A separate Pew Research Center study

revealed that 25 percent of seniors play online video games.

When choosing any device, the most important factor to consider is what you want

to do with it. Do you just want to send emails and look at family photos, or are you

hoping to watch movies, print documents, or create spreadsheets? Will it stay in one

place in your home, or would you like it to be portable? How much experience do

you have with computers? Are there physical limitations to consider?

In the end, the best device is the one that most closely meets your individual needs

and preferences. The following information can help you determine exactly what

that might be.


Desktop computers vs. laptops vs. tablets

How to decide what you need

What to look for in a device

10 of the best standard devices for seniors

Computers and tablets specifically designed for seniors

Software solutions that simplify tablets and computers for seniors

Desktop Computers vs. Laptops vs. Tablets

Among seniors, traditional computers such as desktops and laptops are more widely

used than tablets, but tablets have become increasingly popular in recent years. In

the 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 32 percent of Americans over age 65 said

they owned tablets, up from 18 percent in a 2013 survey. In order to select the most

appropriate device, it's important to understand how they compare. Here's a

breakdown of the differences:

Desktop computers

Desktop computers generally have a tower or base unit, plus a separate monitor,

keyboard, and mouse. They come with large screens and have many options for


full-size, ergonomically designed keyboards (including some with large-print keys

for users with poor vision). Desktop computers have lots of processing power and

storage capacity. And because they stay plugged in all the time, you can leave them

running without worrying about charging a battery. They can also be repaired or

upgraded more easily than laptops.

Desktop computers are well-suited for tasks like word processing, creating

graphics, printing documents, or just having more than one window open at a time.

However, as the name implies, they are designed to stay on a desk; you can't carry

them around with you. They also take up more physical space than laptops.


Laptops are smaller, portable versions of desktop computers, with a physical

keyboard and screen attached as a single foldable unit. They have a touchpad that

you manipulate with your fingertips rather than a mouse that you use with your

whole hand, but you can always choose to add a wireless mouse. Like desktops,

laptops are good for multitasking as well as creating and printing content. Laptops

are generally less powerful than desktops, but they are more powerful than tablets.

They also have bigger screens than tablets, with more storage space.


Tablets are about the size of a book or magazine and are the most portable option.

They have touchscreens and are smaller, lighter, and thinner than both desktops and

laptops. Because they have no physical keyboard or mouse, they are fairly easy to

hold in your hand. Tablets start up faster than traditional computers and generally

take fewer steps to accomplish tasks. They also tend to have much better battery life

than laptops.

Tablets are ideal for reading, playing games, browsing the Web, watching videos,

and listening to music. However, they are typically not great for multitasking or

doing lots of typing. You can often pair them with wireless keyboards, but those

keyboards tend to be smaller than the full-size options available for desktops.

How to Decide What You Need

Now that you understand the basic types of devices, it's time to think about what

will work best for you. Here are some questions to consider:


1. What will you use it for?

Many seniors are looking to stay connected with loved ones on a simple, userfriendly

device, whereas others want a more powerful machine they can use to

create spreadsheets or edit photos. What do you want to be able to do with

your computer? Here are some common tasks:











Reading and sending emails

Browsing the Web

Shopping or banking online

Keeping up with social media

Making video calls

Using a word processor and printing documents

Editing or storing digital photos

Reading e-books or digital magazines

Playing electronic games

Watching videos or listening to music

It's also important to consider where you will use your device. Will it stay

parked on a desk or countertop? If so, how much space do you have for it?

Were you hoping to use it while lying in bed or relaxing on the couch? Does it

need to fit in a handbag? Your answers will help guide your choice.

2. What are you already comfortable with?

Think about the technology you've used in the past. Do you have experience

with a certain operating system? For instance, you might prefer a traditional

Windows computer or tablet if that's the interface you've always known. Are

you accustomed to a large screen or a full-size keyboard? If so, you might

want a desktop computer or a larger laptop.

On the other hand, you might be looking to simplify your experience

compared to what you've used before. Maybe you don't need all the bells and

whistles of a full-blown desktop system and would be happier with a pareddown

laptop like a Chromebook or a user-friendly tablet like an iPad. If you're

buying a device for a senior who is not well acquainted with technology, the

intuitive navigation of a tablet touchscreen might be a better option.

3. What are your physical capabilities?


Even seniors who are well-versed in technology may find that their devices

become more difficult to use as their physical needs change. That's why, for

example, a larger screen and a keyboard with large-print keys can be useful

for older adults with vision limitations. Some seniors find a touchscreen easier

to work with, but those with hand tremors or joint issues may prefer the more

precise control offered by a mouse. Portable devices work better for adults

who have difficulties sitting at a desk, but tablets may not be a good option for

those who struggle to hold a device in their hands. Be sure to take any

physical limitations into consideration.

What to Look For in a Device

Computer descriptions can be long and confusing. But the information below will

help you cut through the jargon so that you better understand what you're really

getting with a particular device. Here are five things to consider when shopping for

a computer or tablet:

1. Size and weight

A larger screen is easier on older eyes and requires less scrolling. Desktops

offer the largest screens, with some going all the way up to 30 inches, but they

also take up a considerable amount of space. Laptop screen sizes range from

11 to 15 inches and up. Tablets are generally between seven and 12 inches.

Anything over 15 inches is too big to be carried comfortably, so keep that in

mind if you're going for portability.

Bigger also means heavier. That might not matter if your computer is going to

stay on a desk, but it's a real issue if you plan to carry it around. Tablets are

the lightest option, but if you're leaning toward a laptop, look for one that

weighs no more than four pounds.

2. Operating system

The operating system (OS) is the software that makes the computer work.

Different types of devices run different operating systems, so you need to

decide which type is best for you.

Microsoft Windows is a widely used and highly versatile operating system

that runs on desktops, laptops, and tablets. Many people are familiar with the

Windows interface. These machines come in a wide range of styles and can


cost anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. One

drawback is that they tend to come with a lot of unnecessary software, known

as bloatware. Plus, they require periodic updates and are extremely susceptible

to viruses and malware.

Apple computers are powered by the macOS operating system (for desktops

and laptops) and iOS (for iPads). Apple machines are known for being easy to

learn and use, and they are extremely secure, with little risk of malicious

software. However, they tend to be expensive.

Chromebooks are simple laptops that run Google's Chrome OS. They are

lightweight and inexpensive and are built around the Chrome web browser.

Just keep this in mind: Since these machines are meant to be used while

connected to the Internet, you will need Wi-Fi to perform most tasks,

including retrieving your files.

Android is Google's operating system for tablets. Android tablets are made by

lots of different companies. For instance, Samsung and Amazon both use

versions of Android on their tablets. But because there is no uniform version

of the operating system, not all apps are available on all systems. If you opt

for an Android device, make sure it has the features you want.

3. RAM

Random access memory (RAM) is what computers use for short-term storage

of data. The more RAM a machine has, the more tasks it can accomplish at

once, and the smoother it will run. Desktops and laptops should have at least

4GB of RAM. Because tablets manage memory a bit differently, RAM isn't

quite as crucial; most tablets come with somewhere between 1GB and 4GB of


4. Storage

You also need to think about how much internal memory you will need to

store your documents, photos, music, and videos. If you mostly just browse

the Web and send emails, then 16GB might be enough memory. On the other

hand, if you download lots of games, songs, photos, and movies, you will

need much more.

5. Maintenance and security


Before buying any device, consider how it will be protected against viruses or

cyber attacks. As noted above, Windows machines are often targets of

malicious software, making it critical to stay on top of security updates. If you

don't feel comfortable doing that, see if a trusted friend or family member

could handle it for you. Otherwise, you might be better off choosing a

different operating system.

Chromebooks are a good low-maintenance option. They automatically apply

updates and patches in the background, so you don't have to deal with doing

that yourself. You might also want to consider an iMac, MacBook, or iPad.

Apple tightly controls its hardware and software and only allows downloads

from approved developers, so its systems are fairly secure.

Keep in mind, however, that there is still room for user error. Some people do

not fully appreciate the risks of downloading files or clicking on links in

unsolicited emails. It's important to educate yourself or whoever will be using

the computer about the dangers of phishing and how to avoid getting caught

up in scams.

This article contains affiliate links. We are compensated with a small

commission, at no extra cost to you, for sales made through the links.

10 of the Best Standard Devices for Seniors

There are a wide variety of standard computers and tablets that work well for older

adults, depending on their needs and budget.

1. MacBook Pro 13-Inch Laptop

Seniors who are familiar with iPhones and appreciate Apple's intuitive

interface might want to look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop. Its highresolution

Retina display, backlit keyboard, and excellent speakers make it

ideal for older adults with vision or hearing challenges. It's also very thin,

measuring only 0.59 inches when closed.

2. Dell Inspiron i5459 All-in-One Desktop

This Windows machine is an all-in-one desktop, meaning it comes with

everything you need: workstation, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The screen

is 23.8 inches wide and has full HD (high definition) resolution, so images


and text are crisp and clear. A boon for seniors is that the included keyboard

and mouse are wireless. That way, you can adjust your sitting position to

whatever is most comfortable.

3. Microsoft Surface Pro

Seniors who are looking for a powerful yet portable Windows device may

want to consider the Surface Pro. With its sharp 12.3-inch touchscreen and

detachable keyboard, the Surface Pro can function as either a tablet or laptop.

This machine can run full Windows applications, including Microsoft Office.

However, you do have to purchase the keyboard and stylus separately, which

bumps up the cost.

4. Dell Inspiron i3464 All-in-One Desktop

Another all-in-one from Dell, the i3464 also runs Windows 10 and has a 23.8-

inch screen that can display full HD. It has a slightly less powerful processor

than the i5459, but this one is more affordable and is still good for everyday

tasks. The keyboard and mouse are wired, but you can replace them with

wireless versions if you prefer.

5. Samsung Chromebook Pro

At 2.4 pounds, this is one of the lightest Chromebooks on the market. It has a

crisp 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge that allows the keyboard

to fold all the way back out of sight. That means it can function like either a

laptop or a tablet. (The keyboard remains attached, though, so it's heavier than

a true tablet.) Chromebooks are great for web browsing; this one also runs

Android apps.

6. Acer Aspire E15 E5-575-33BM Laptop

If you're looking for a Windows laptop with a bigger screen, you'd be wise to

consider the Aspire E15. This is a solidly-built budget laptop that features an

excellent 15.6-inch HD display and good-quality sound. The keyboard is

backlit and very responsive. At a little over five pounds, it's a bit heavy to be

carrying around, but it offers a good combination of performance and


7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3


With a 9.7-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab S3 is a thin, light tablet. It offers a

beautiful display with vibrant colors, plus four very good speakers, making it

an excellent choice for seniors who want to enjoy their favorite movies or TV

shows on a handheld device. The S3 also comes with a stylus, which gives

you more precise control of the touchscreen.

8. Acer Aspire TC-780-ACKi3 Desktop

This is a solid choice for seniors who want a basic desktop computer. It runs

Windows 10 and delivers good performance. It comes with a large hard drive,

so there's plenty of storage space for movies, videos, and other media. Note,

however, that this is not an all-in-one. A wired keyboard and mouse are part

of the package, but a monitor is not. You'll have to buy one separately or

connect to one you already have.

9. iPad Mini 5

Apple devices are renowned for their usability, and the iPad Mini 5 offers a

simple interface on a 7.9-inch screen. This tablet is small enough to fit easily

in a purse or handbag and weighs only 0.66 pounds. Its manageable size

makes it great for reading and web browsing; you can hold it for extended

periods without too much strain. The small on-screen keyboard can be hard to

use, but you can pair it with a wireless keyboard if you're going to be doing

lots of typing.

10. Kindle Fire HD 8

The Kindle Fire HD 8 is an entertainment tablet at a bargain price. If you're an

Amazon Prime member and get most of your e-books, digital music, and

videos from Amazon, the Fire is an easy way to enjoy them. It features a

decent screen and 10 hours of battery life. It also includes Alexa, Amazon's

virtual assistant. It's not the most robust tablet out there, but it's a good deal

for the price.


Computers and Tablets Specifically Designed for Seniors

While many seniors are comfortable using standard devices, those who have little

experience with technology may prefer a computer that was designed with them in

mind. The information below explains a few of the available options.

Telikin Elite II 22-Inch Desktop

The Telikin claims to be the easiest computer for seniors to use. It has a plug-andplay

setup and offers a simple, user-friendly interface, with large buttons anchored

along the side of the touchscreen for each function: email, Web browsing, photos,

games, video chat, etc. It also comes with a large-print keyboard, a wired mouse,

and a text-to-speech function that allows your emails to be read out loud to you. A

feature called Tech Buddy allows a designated person to access the Telikin

remotely, so seniors who run into problems can get assistance from a friend or

family member.


However, for the price, the machine is underpowered. (It has an outdated processor

and only 2GB of RAM.) Plus, it only works with certain printers, and the operating

system is locked down, so you can't install any software.

You might be better off buying a cheaper desktop computer elsewhere and adding

special software to simplify things. But for tech-fearful older adults who have never

used a computer before, it might fit the bill. (Telikin also offers a 15-inch

touchscreen laptop as well as an 18-inch desktop model, although both of these lack

the text-to-speech functionality.) The company offers a 60-day money-back


A Plus Senior Computer

A Plus offers a range of desktop and laptop computers that run Windows, but with a

special overlay that makes things easier for seniors. Initially, the screen has only

three big icons for email, games, and Google. Desktop models come with a 20- or

24-inch screen, large-print keyboard, and mouse. (Laptop screens are either 15 or

17 inches and do not have the large-print keyboard.) Touchscreen models are

available for both desktops and laptops.

The main difference between these and the Telikin computers is that these are fully

functioning Windows machines, so you can add any Windows software or connect

to any standard printer. The hardware is also better quality than the Telikin, with a

faster processor, 4GB of RAM, and plenty of ports for connecting other devices.

The company also claims to offer lifetime anti-virus protection, so security updates

should be taken care of. You can try one of the computers risk-free for 30 days.


Designed for adults over 75 who have never used a computer or who have vision,

hearing, or motor skill challenges, the GrandPad is an eight-inch simplified tablet. It

allows seniors to make video calls, view photos, send and receive email (including

the ability to record voice emails instead of typing them), listen to music, and play

games—all just by tapping one of the giant colorful buttons on the touchscreen.

Family members can download a free companion app that will allow them to send

photos and videos directly to their loved one's GrandPad. Family members can also

work with company support to specify what types of content should be

automatically sent to the GrandPad. There is no Web browser, and users can only


get calls or emails from approved contacts, so seniors don't need to worry about

spam or security. There are also no passwords to remember or settings to configure.

However, the device relies on 4G connectivity, so there is a hefty monthly fee. And

if you cancel the plan, you must return the tablet to the company.

Claris Companion

Another simplified tablet, the Claris Companion has a 10-inch touchscreen with a

customized interface. It's designed to enable elderly seniors to connect with loved

ones and caretakers and receive reminders about appointments and medications.

Large circles on the screen activate various functions, such as photos, email and text

messages, and Web browsing. Seniors can also use the "Check In" button to send a

message to family members saying they're all right.

Care providers or family members can manage the device remotely and send photos

and messages, set reminders, create contacts, allow access to certain websites, and

more. For example, if seniors miss a medication reminder or fail to check in, family

members can receive an alert.

Both Wi-Fi and 4G models are available directly from Claris Companion, but both

incur a monthly fee.

Software Solutions That Simplify Computers and Tablets for Seniors

In many cases, a standard device can be made more senior-friendly with the help of

special software. Here are a couple options:

Oscar Senior

Oscar Senior is an app that allows any tablet (either iOS or Android) to be turned

into a simplified device for information, entertainment, and communication. The

app provides a simple, secure interface with enlarged text and big icons that enable

older adults to make video calls, play games, surf the Web, check social media, get

the latest news, and more.

A family member (who must also download the app) acts as a designated

administrator and can remotely manage the senior's contacts and content. An

administrator can even make a video call to the senior and have it auto-answered, so

the senior can get connected without even having to touch the tablet. The senior


cannot close the app or download any additional apps, and the interface blocks

popups and alerts from third parties. However, administrators can easily exit the

app, so the tablet can be used for other things.

The app is free for seven days, but then a subscription is required.


You can make a standard personal computer much easier for seniors to use by

downloading the free Eldy software. It works on older computers running Windows

7 as well as some Android tablets. Eldy transforms the screen into a simplified

menu of six large buttons for accessing the Internet, email, video calls, and more.

Navigation is easy, as there is always a button along the bottom for returning to the

main screen. Users can also close the software in order to use the computer as

normal. (They get warnings asking them if they're sure that's what they want to do.)

If they want to go back to Eldy, they just click on the Eldy icon.

Go Digital

With the vast array of options for tablets and computers for seniors, it's easier than

ever to reap the benefits of technology. Finding the best option is a matter of

deciding what you'd like to accomplish and what you're most comfortable with.

Whatever your particular needs, you can definitely find a device to suit you.

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Note From Nomar Shaw desk:

It may sound complicated, but, it is not especially with Windows 7. If

you have some old computer’s or laptops play with them and you will

be surprise, click on the link below to take you to the site for more


HP PCs - Creating a Wired Local Area Network

(Windows 7)

Setting up a local network and file sharing in Windows 7

Accessing shared files and directories in Windows 7

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers and

workstations with Windows 7.

Windows 7 supports connection of multiple computers in a home network.

Connecting multiple computers in a network can be a convenient way to

share files in the home. This document provides instructions for setting up

and sharing folders and files on a wired home network.

For more information on a given step, click the heading or the

accompanying plus (+) sign to expand the information.

Setting up a local network and file sharing in Windows 7

Use the steps in this section to set up a home network using standard RJ-

45 hardware and cables.



When using steps involving Windows, log in using the main

administrative account. Normally this is the first account that was created

when the computer was first turned on.

Before you begin setting up a local network in Windows 7

Confirm that you have the following hardware and follow these steps:

Network interface card (NIC) or an on-the-motherboard network port

for each computer. HP and Compaq computers are network ready

with NICs installed. Confirm the computer has a RJ-45 network port

on the back.

Figure: Shape of RJ-45 connector

Network hub (or router). A separate network hub may not be

necessary if your home is already equipped with RJ-45 jacks in the

walls or if your DSL or cable modem provides RJ-45 ports (select

models). If you need a network hub, consult with a network specialist

at your local computer store to determine a hub that meets your



A crossover cable can be used to connect two computers without a

hub. However, it only allows two computers to connect and is not


Network cables for each computer.


Disconnect the Internet. If you have a DSL or cable modem,

disconnect it.

Disable any firewall software. Firewall software may interfere with

network setup. You can enable the firewall after network setup is


Step 1: Connecting the network hardware and cables to

set up a local network

Do the following to set up the network hardware and connect the

networking cables.

1. Set up and turn on the power for the network hub or other networking

device. (Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer).

2. Connect the computers to the networking device. If a crossover cable

is used, connect the cable to the RJ45 network ports on each


Figure: Example of one possible setup configuration

3. Connect the computer power cords and turn the computers on.


Step 2: Turning on Network discovery and file sharing in

Windows 7

Turn on Network discovery and file sharing on each computer that you

want to access on the network. Follow these steps to begin setting up the


1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel.

2. Under Network and Internet, click Choose Homegroup and sharing


Figure: Network and Internet

3. In the Homegroup settings window, click Change advanced sharing


Figure: Homegroup settings


4. Turn on network discovery and file and printer sharing. Review the

other settings and turn them on or off.

Figure: Advanced sharing settings

5. Click Save changes.

Step 3: Sharing drives, folders, and files in a Windows 7


To share non-public folders with other computers on a local network,

follow these steps:

1. Click Start , and then click Computer.

2. Browse to the folder you want to share.


3. Right-click the folder, select Share with, and then click Homegroup

(Read), Homegroup (Read/Write), or Specific people.

Figure: Share with menu options

4. If you chose Specific people, the File Sharing window displays.

5. Click the down arrow and select the account you want to share with,

and then click Add.


A User Account Control might open. You must accept this Window to

make the necessary changes.


Figure: File Sharing window

6. Click an arrow under Permission Level to set the permission level for

each account or group.

7. Click Share.

Step 4: Testing a local network in Windows 7

Open the Windows 7 network window and browse through the shared

folders in each computer on the network. If the computer is able to read

and access files from a remote computer, the remote computer is set up

correctly. Browse to every available computer from each computer on the

network. If there are any issues, go back through these steps and verify

that the settings are correct.


For more information, refer to the section Accessing shared files and

directories in Windows 7.

When all computers are able to network to each other on the network,

continue with the next step to enable Internet access and the firewall.

Step 5: Enabling Internet access and firewall for a local


Once you have verified that your home network is capable of transferring

files, connect and enable Internet connections for computers with Internet



Make sure that each computer with Internet access is well protected from

security threats. At the minimum, each computer should have its Internet

connection protected with a firewall and Windows should be updated with

the latest critical updates from Microsoft Windows Update. If malicious

activity comes though one computer, the activity can quickly spread

through the entire network.

Accessing shared files and directories in Windows 7

Do the following to access shared files and directories in a local network:

1. Ensure network discovery and file sharing is turned On.

2. Click Start , click Control Panel, click Network and Internet, and

then click Network and Sharing Center.

3. Double-click Network.


Figure: Network and Sharing Center

4. The Network window opens and displays computers with shared

folders that are detected on local networks.

Figure: Computers on the network with shared folders


5. Double-click the computer you want to access.


When accessing shared files or directories the following error message

window may display:

Figure: Cannot access PC

This error can be caused by the following:

Password Protection is On and the Guest account is On.

The account does not have permission to access the share. This

typically occurs when specific permissions are set up on systems with

multiple share folders.


Windows 7 file sharing displays all the shared folders, even those you

do not have permission to access.

To resolve the error, verify the following:




The account has the proper permissions to access the computer.

The computer name and account name are spelled correctly.

Make sure that Firewall software on any connected computer is

set to allow access.


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