computers

Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

Posted on 07/3/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, “We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …

Augusta Ada King: If You Can Read This, Say Thanks

Posted on 12/10/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you’ve done a Google search today, you may have been puzzled by the odd illustration on the search engine site’s web page. Who is that woman in the Victorian gown and hair in a bun, scribbling what appear to be equations? Google’s decorative design is a tribute to one of the lesser-known giants of modern technology: Augusta Ada King, born on December 10, 1815, who made possible a world in which we can type a few keystrokes and dig …

Kids Say The Darndest Things…

Posted on 02/3/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyGuest blog by Jacqueline Beauchere, Director, Privacy, Accessibility & Online Safety, Trustworthy Computing Communications, Microsoft Corporation We all know that old saying … And, as those kids move into their teen years, their remarks become that much more intelligent, insightful, and astute.  Never was this more apparent to me than at a roundtable discussion led by Microsoft in partnership with AARP, with a group of 18 American teenagers in New York City.

Tech Tips: Hack Your Mac

Posted on 05/5/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyJust got a new Mac? Learning to use the one you got? We’re posting simple tips every week (for Windows users too!) You can bookmark our tech blogs here. Look up in the right corner of your screen. See the magnifying glass? Consider that magnifying  glass your own personal Google. The magnifying glass is called Spotlight, and it’s one of my favorite things about using a Mac. See, I’m lazy. I don’t always have the right program already pulled up, …

Making Technology Friendly to Older Folks

Posted on 12/24/2009 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyThe LA Times has a piece about how older adults continue to become more adapted to technology like the internet, email and the like, but also how new technology is being created for older adults, and it goes beyond just computers gears towards older folks – like canes with accelerometers and gyroscopes. Very cool stuff, make sure to check it out. Also technology related, check out AARP’s primer on how to use smartphones.