I got news today that my 81 year old Granddad bought his first computer. He has always been interested in electronics. He can fix almost every electrical item you give him, although he tells me that over the last decade or two, it has all been moving too fast for him to keep up with, and he's never owned a computer or understood how they work. I've been trying to convince him to buy one for a while now, and it looks like the effort finally paid off.
My only concern is that he never consulted me before buying it, so I'm hoping he had a store worker explain some things to him before he actually went ahead and bought it. He's coming over tomorrow afternoon so I can get things up and running for him and also to allow me to teach him the basics. I'm so excited to welcome him into the world of computing, being a computer scientist and all.
It's probably going to be a long afternoon for me though, because he doesn't have the faintest idea how these things work. He told me the keyboard alone is something that always put him off. He seemed to be under the impression that the keyboard controlled everything. I'm also hoping he didn't get a laptop running a Linux distro, since it's a little more advanced for a first time computer user to learn, I think.
So, Newgrounds, I thought I'd ask you a few questions:
1. Do your grandparents own computers, and if so, how old are they?
2. What do your grandparents use their computers for?
3. Do any of your grandparents have an interest in writing programs or tinkering with hardware?