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Anyone know of firstSTREETs GO computer for seniors?


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#1 murielcarr

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:45 AM

My friend found an ad for the GO computer for seniors. The senior in question currently has a windows based computer which he uses to play solitare. He doesn't use email as it's too complicated for him. He can't remember all the steps and thus doesn't use it.

Here's a clip from their ad. Has anyone heard of this or used it?



" But wait until you start to use it...Itís easy to see and use with specially designed features like a large-letter keyboard, an easy-rolling trackball mouse and a zoom feature that magnifies up to 200 percent. firstSTREETís computer features a whole new operating system based on a "GO" screen concept, backed up by immediate phone access to around-the-clock U. S.-based remote service and assistance.

Finally...a computer you canít break, crash or confuse; a computer that wonít lose whatís put into it, and thatís protected from viruses and spam!

Welcome to the world of a failure-free and fear-free computer! "

The website is www.thegocomputer.com

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 11:16 AM

I have never heard of them. But that really means nothing.

Having looked at their site I find the information regarding the overall specs of the machine woefully lacking. The price seems a bit steep as well IMO.

One write up I found. http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/07/04/f...enior-citizens/

Links to Better Business Bureau reports about firstStreet http://www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/#middle-result

I would tread carefully.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:31 PM

a zoom feature that magnifies up to 200 percent

Yeah, it's called the Ctrl and + keys
Standard Logitech trackball and I'm positive you can find an over-sized keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywo...sl_5yloi6pdfv_e
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#4 murielcarr

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:42 PM

Thanks guys!! I agree. Buyer beware!

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:45 AM

Have you looked at PointerWare? (www.PointerWare.com) They sell software for seniors who have never used a computer before and people with disabilities (ie. poor vision, mobility issues) who have a hard time using a conventional computer system. It's pretty basic -e-mail, games, photos and browsing the Internet.

They were on CBC TV's Dragon's Den (Canada's equivalent of Shark Tank and seemed to be really well received. Here's a link to the video:



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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:46 PM

Thanks for the info! I'll check it out!




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