Are you the most tech-savvy person in your family and/or circle of friends? Are you tired of being the "go-to" person for computer problems that usually call for a "re-boot?" If so, you might want to check out TeachParentsTech.org, which allows you to customize a how-to video package, choosing from 51 videos on how to do everything from retrieving your e-mails on your phone, to creating a blog, to making a screen print and cropping a photo. While you're laughing at your parents, don't be surprised if you accidentally learn something in the process.
Of course, this won't work for me. The recipient at least has to at least have computer access, which my parents do not. I actually read my folk's e-mail to them over the phone, or print them out and mail them via snail mail. Sigh. But for those of you whose families are "on the brink" of jumping into the 21st century, this might be the perfect gift.
Just go to TeachParentsTech.org, and complete the form, choosing the recipient, category, video(s), and commentary. The result will be something that looks a bit like the image posted above, which will be sent to your loved one by e-mail. Ho ho ho!
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Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.