Grandpa wants to know tech

Easter. A chance for families to get together, eat a whole lot of food, and in the case of my family, the chance to hear laughably odd questions about technology from my grandfather.

Unlike other old farts I know, my grandpa desperately wants to be in the know. Rather than scoffing at social networking as something the young kids do, he wants to be a part of it. Setting up a Twitter account for him and attempting to teach him how to use it may have been one of the most painful things I’ve ever done.

Easter Sunday brunch kicked off with the question, “So what is ‘The Cloud’ exactly?” and went downhill from there. At one point in the conversation, he even asked what the difference was between “regular Internet” and “Apple Internet.” And the fact that he could access his new Gmail account from any computer was a revelation. Sigh.

So when I saw this Mashable article yesterday about grandparents responding to photo emails on a fancy new Kodak digital picture frame, I’ll admit I laughed.

I got down to the third paragraph that describes how easy this digital frame is, and it started, “If those loved ones have a wireless network….” I had an instant flashback to another family gathering, during which I had attempted to describe how wireless Internet works and how it is different than data on my phone. I think I lost my grandpa at “router.” So needless to say, I think many grandparents may be a little behind on technology for this gizmo.

Overall, however, the frame looks like fun. I do wish it had a keyboard, because your commenting is limited to a handful of predetermined phrases, including “OMG!” and “LOL!” which may also require some explaining for this older crowd.

All in all, it’s a great gift for grandma and grandpa… assuming you have five hours of your life to dedicate to teaching it to them!

April 26, 2011 · Posted by in misc  


3 Responses to “Grandpa wants to know tech”

  1. Pete Prodoehl on April 26th, 2011 10:39 am

    Techies tend to refer to holidays as “Tech Support Time” because they end up fixing computers, or explaining something technical to people who are not technical.

    For Easter this year I ended up doing a bunch of video editing for a relative of mine. :)

  2. April on April 26th, 2011 11:31 am

    “Regular Internet” vs. “Apple Internet”… love that!

  3. Olivia on April 26th, 2011 11:53 am

    Yeah, he’s an entertaining guy. Every time we go over there for a visit, we know we’re in for some strange technology question from him. And he gets angry when we laugh. I’m sorry, but you have to laugh at “Apple Internet!”