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Has PCA ever reviewed PC books...

  powerless 22:06 25 Jan 2003

I ask this becasue my mother wants to send email to family over in the US and shes constantly asking me to do this for her...

I don't mind, but if she had some reference to go by in sending an email it might stop her asking me.

She hates sitting in front of the computer becasue all the buttons, options etc mean nothing to her and they shoudlnt because she has never used a computer before in her life.

She can use the mouse and keyboard ( 'a little bit') and is willing to learn but not from the help files in the programs becasue there so dull to her.

It's a case of me showing here what to do, i don't mind that but if everytime something happens and she does not know what to do she asks me every minute or so to put it right.

I know PCA is in "Plain English" but i think you have to be more plainer, in my mothers case.

So i ask PCA to review some books about basic computing, emails etc.

If you have, then what books did you reccommend?

Or if there was a feature in a past issue, how would i go about getting them?

I've only been reading PCA for about a year and have searched the forums but nothing comes up.

Does anyone know of any books for the very basics of using a computer, email more importantly. The brighter the better...

I have seen some books in WHSmith but at £14 its not something i wish to spend money on if its no use at all.

Any Recomendations?

(Dont say go to night school, umm thats a no no)

  spuds 23:09 25 Jan 2003

If you have a PC World store near to you, why not visit it, they always seem to have a good range of books covering various computer subjects.At present they have a 20% off offer on all books. Another suggestion, perhaps visit your local public library and speak to one of the staff, most libraries now have IT facilities or contacts.All my local libraries have staff capable of basic training for the end user.

  Forum Editor 00:23 26 Jan 2003

Over the years I've been asked this question many times, and my answer's always the same. In my experience there's no substitute for what the training industry used to refer to as "The sitting by Nellie" method. Another human being can teach you something far better than all the books in the world, because you can interact - the trainee can ask questions as they come into his/her mind.

I taught my wife how to use a computer by doing exactly what leo49 has suggested. Each time she hit a snag she told me, and I wrote her a crib sheet. She carried these around with her when she was working, and soon she found that the problems cropped up less often - now she hardly ever asks me anything.

  Forum Editor 00:24 26 Jan 2003

"I tend to agree with leo49" was what I meant to type.

  spuds 14:34 26 Jan 2003

Just found out that my local Age Concern main office have introduced a series of 'drop-in'sessions for people over 50.Perhaps worth checking your local main office. Would not suggest that you try the local charity shop for information, my local one no nothing about this scheme.

  powerless 17:20 27 Jan 2003


But...My mother likes leo49's post.


But she is actually asking about courses at the local school so who knows you may see her on here at sometime, although i doubt that.

She also has read all of your comments and didnt know what the Dummy books were - not too impressed.

  recap 19:38 27 Jan 2003

click here Powerless, and type in your town or post code to find the nearest UK Online centre near you. One of them should ba able to help your mother.


click here and try the absolute beginners course.

or even

click here and try the Tonic course for the little more adventurous.

The last two links are both online courses.

Hope they are of some help?

  powerless 00:49 30 Jan 2003

Been looking into it...

College just up the road does a few courses.

Also a School whick is even closer...

  Stuartli 14:04 30 Jan 2003

Our local libraries literally have dozens of computer related publications and you can take a book out for a month at a time and renew it as necessary.

All the popular programs and applications are covered, as well as Linux etc.

You pay for the service so why not use it if your library service is as good?

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