Getting to grips with technology is never easy, especially
for older people. It’s almost as alien as a foreign language if you haven’t
grown up with it.
But almost everything today involves technology whether we
like it or not. Our cars, TVs, central
heating systems, smart meters… And where would we be without ATM cash
machines and ePOS card terminals in shops?
How many of us have been using the keyboard almost every day for typing, without a second thought as to why it has so many more buttons than a typewriter?
It is really more of a mission control centre – the typewriter part is only one of 8 distinct sections, all with a different purpose. Then when you start combining keys, you open up all sorts of functionality.
So you want to use your credit card and the website doesn’t take them?
You’ve been searching high and low and just found exactly what you wanted on the internet. The last one in stock has been snatched and put into your shopping cart with a huge sigh of relief. Off you go to Checkout. Then you’ve filled in your name, address, email and countless other details and just as you’re reaching for your wallet, you see they don’t take credit cards – and you desperately want to use your credit card.
Some smaller websites will take debit cards, but not credit cards. Others will accept selected credit cards, but not American Express. Some will only take PayPal, and you don’t have – and don’t want – a PayPal account. So how can you use your credit card?
If you’re using home broadband over a copper wire telephone line, chances are that you’ll be cursing your broadband provider and muttering how useless your broadband upload speed is – suddenly it seems to slow down to a crawl whenever you try to upload anything . That’s because it does, relatively speaking.