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Can the Elderly Benefit from Facebook and Twitter?

Can the Elderly Benefit from Facebook and Twitter?

My first social networking site was Yuwie. I liked the idea of getting paid to talk to friends until my computer kept getting so many viruses from the site. The few pennies I earned each month didn’t seem worth the hassle. I then joined Facebook and have been enjoying my time social networking there.

My mom is 69 years old and I keep telling her, she should join a social net working site. She used to be into side ban, ham, and c.b. radio back in the 70’s. That was that era’s kind of social networking. My mom says the net is too “intrusive” and she will never be on it. ” It isn’t elder-friendly”. ” Older people can’t understand it.”

I was up to this challenge. I did some research and found out that in 2010, the world’s oldest Facebook and Twitter user, Ivy bean died. She was a mere 104. At the time of her death, Ivy had 56,000 followers on Twitter and had reached her maximum friend limit on Facebook. As a result of this social networking, Ivy ended up meeting Prime Minister Gordon Brown and had an on-going friendship with singer, Peter Andre. Ms. Bean lived in England, in a nursing home, and talked about her life there. She was a star in the social net working scene.

The health benefits of social networking to the elderly are important. Social networking keeps the brain active which is said to slow down the progression of dementia. The friendships made help alleviate boredom and isolation which decreases the chances of depression. People who have depression get sick easier.

Armed with these two pieces of information, I approach the elder, Mrs. Laurain and show her what I found. I tell her I can set the accounts up for her, help her learn how to sign in, etc., whatever she needs; I can walk her through the process. At first she gets this frown on her face which quickly turns into a smile, “Do you think I can meet Bono?”

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind power is 2006’s cutting edge of alternative energy compared to the cutting edge technology of 2006, solar power. There are at least a dozen U.S.-based companies that have a smaller version of the industrial sized wind turbines for the private sector that can be easily placed in anyone’s backyard.

This type of news is great for such owners as Andy Kruse founder of Southwest Windpower based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Andy Kruse teamed up with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Lab after raising $10 Million in financing to create a sleek 33-foot turbine that has a blade span of six feet that is designed to work in wind speeds as low as nine miles per hour. The Skystream 3.7 can provide up to 80 percent of a household’s electricity.

During the first couple of months of production there were 150 of the Skystream’s shipped at the whopping price tag of $13,000 each. While turning down numerous investors, Mr. Kruse is projecting $24 million in revenues for 2007. The revenues estimated for 2007 are based on the fact that worldwide people are taking heed to the uses of Windpower as a source of energy for home use.

Andy Kruse’s major target for marketing the Skystream is to those who live on large plots of land. This targeted group basically consists of 13 million Americans who are wealthy consumers who live on a half acre or more of the land.

The targeted market for Southwest Windpower could change dramatically if the newly elected Congress passes a bipartisan bill providing tax credits up to 30 percent of the cost of the wind user’s turbine. There are already states that offer such credits to users of wind turbines. Those consumers will also have the opportunity to sell any excess power to utility companies such as Xcel Energy.

Where Tax Credits or Rebates are Being Offered

The following states in the U.S. are already offering such credits or rebates: Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

The following countries allow consumers to collect credit or cash from their governments for excess kilowatts are: Germany, Spain, and Canada.

Peter Edwards, a partner at the Altira Group and investor at Southwest Windpower, sees more opportunities for makers, dealers, and installers of efficient batteries. These types of batteries are capable of storing excess wind energy for at least two days.

With more and more opportunities for wind turbines opening up across the U.S. and around the world, the ability for the average Joe to purchase their own wind turbines may not be that far out of reach.

Apple’s New Product: The IPhone

Apple’s New Product: The IPhone

What do you get when you combine a cell phone, an iPod video, a palm pilot, and a computer? Apple’s new product, the iPhone.
Instead of starting with a cell phone and adding from there, Apple started with an iPod video and worked from there.

The iPhone is about the size of an iPod video and has a touch screen like that of a Palm-Pilot. The touchscreen is 3.5 inches. It also has a lock like the iPods do to keep you from accidentally activating something that you don’t want to activate-like calling someone.

Just like the iPods, the iPhone is used with iTunes.

You can use the iPhone to listen to music or audio books and watch movies, TV shows, or music videos. A cool new feature on the iPhone is that you can flip through album covers, pictures, and movie covers just like you would if you were flipping through the music selection of a juke box. The touchscreen allows you to do this with a flick of a finger.

The touchscreen is also very useful for calling people. You can just touch a name or a number that is stored in your contacts, favorites or call log. Or you can dial just like on a regular cell phone by bringing up a keypad.

When you have your iPhone hooked up to your computer, it will add addresses and contacts that are stored in your computer to your iPhone. This is done the same way as adding pictures, movies, music, TV shows, etc. to your iPod.

The iPhone has a cool ability which has only been played with in cell phones before this: Internet capability. Previous Internet capability on cell phones was limited to checking your email, ring tone downloads, and cell phone versions of web pages-which are usually limited to text.

The iPhone’s capability is comparative to a laptop computer, it’s just got a smaller memory. It also has full HTML capacity.

You can check your email, search the Internet for any web page that you want to see,type reply to your email,etc. You can see the whole web page or zoom in a particular area to make the letters and pictures actually big enough to see and read!

The iPhone has a full QWERTY keyboard(like the one on most computers) which fixes mistakes when you are typing. The keyboard is brought up on the touchscreen and is easier to use than keyboards on a regular smart phone like the Blackberry.

You can hook up to the Internet with any WiFi connection.

I would get one of these if I didn’t already have a cell phone that I was happy with and an iPod. But as soon as the cell breaks, I’m getting an iPhone.

Thanks to the Apple website for technical details.



Jessica Alba was in Japan recently, promoting her latest movie “Fantastic Four”. I guess we just missed each other. I wonder if she noticed. Anyway, dear Jessica Alba, if you are coming back in Tokyo one day as soon as possible, please email me this time: I’d like to buy you a cup of coffee (and tell you that you’re the most incredibly looking woman there is). Even if you’re not in bikini, that would be fine too.