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New technologies, old problems (21 May 2004)
My mum is in her seventies and lives in Manchester.

Although she has a digital radio and a DVD player, she insists that she does not know how to use a computer and does not want us to try to set her up on the net or get her e-mailing her grandchildren.

I have not bothered with the argument that a DVD player is basically just a computer that uses a remote control, because she would not be convinced and it might just put her off even that.

For her, and for many of her friends, computers are strange, intimidating things and the net is something for younger and braver people.
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