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#26 Tubbz

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:17 AM

@Tubbz, mind if I ask why you want it to have a 17in screen? Since you could make the resolution slightly lower than the native one and it'll make things appear bigger, so she won't have to strain her eyes trying to see what's on the screen!! My friend's mom had some huge ass monitor and used something like 1280x800 so the text would be massive. Also, the centered touchpad thing won't be an issue if she uses a USB mouse :0 There are a lot of small and really lightweight ones if mice are normally too bulky and heavy for her or something


The "setup" she uses is basically the laptop lives on a table on wheels that she has pulled in front of her chair. There's not enough room for her to use a mouse as well.

#27 DonValentino

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:28 AM

Have you considered getting her a tablet? Doesn't sound like she does much on the computer, and if she doesn't have room for a mouse, why not get her something where the whole screen can be used as a trackpad? You could also get her one of those stands so it's not flat on the table, and a separate keyboard/(mouse) since you'll have more room on the table 



#28 Tubbz

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:29 PM

Have you considered getting her a tablet? Doesn't sound like she does much on the computer, and if she doesn't have room for a mouse, why not get her something where the whole screen can be used as a trackpad? You could also get her one of those stands so it's not flat on the table, and a separate keyboard/(mouse) since you'll have more room on the table


I get a lot of messages that read "thanksssssss Lukeeeee" where she's held down on a key for too long.
Hold down the letter "a" on your phone or tablet, see what comes up. She's pushing 90, so a physical click works nicely with a proper keyboard. We looked at the convertable tablets but they're just too small. She's using the biggest desktop possible and the browser zoomed.

I've tried a touch screen, smaller keyboard, my laptop.... The list is endless. It's just a case of not changing too much this late in the game. (Trying to be delicate) she's had this laptop a fair while, she can use it without giving out her credit card information to everyone on Facebook.

In short, I've thought of most of the alternatives, this setup works nicely for a stubborn, but lovely, old lady who just wants to order shopping and send me candy crush invites because she hasn't worked out how to fucking play it properly*


*she knows how to play it, and whoever posted the plugin for unlimited lives/gold/power ups you saved me from so many app requests.

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:31 PM

*she knows how to play it, and whoever posted the plugin for unlimited lives/gold/power ups you saved me from so many app requests.

you're welcome

#30 Tubbz

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:34 PM

you're welcome

Seriously, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Plus it means she doesn't spend money on it as well if she doesn't get enough lives :)

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:05 AM

Yo if you're thinking about getting a HP laptop or have one of these, be careful :x


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