Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! I want to kick off this newsletter by letting you all know about the CNET 100 contest. Currently our editors are busy at work putting together the CNET 100 list in which they will name the 100 most important stories in tech this year, broken into four categories: technologies, people, trends, and news events. While they are working feverishly on that list (the picks will be announced December 11).
CNET members have a crack at guessing what our editors will pick as the top story from each of the categories. If you enter the contest and guess them all correctly, you have a chance to be randomly picked to win a $5,000 gift card. So check out the post from Liza Maloy for the CNET 100 contest rules and how to submit your entry. Even though as an employee I don't qualify for the contest, I got my guesses in, too, just to see how close I come. So get your entry in now. Good luck, folks! (Please remember me, if you do win.)
Now onto this week's topic from Guy, who wants to get some advice on how to get his 75-year-old mother connected to the Internet. Well lucky Guy, you're in good hands as your fellow members submitted more than 100 answers, filled with great suggestions and advice. We even have many members who speak from personal experiences, and some members who are in your mother's age range who are enjoying their time online.
As many members mentioned, before going out on a mad dash to get your mother hooked up, there are many questions you have to ask yourself and your mother to determine what suits her needs the best. For example: How's her eyesight? Is she comfortable using a keyboard and mouse? Would she be more comfortable with touch screens? Does she have access to Wi-Fi? What will she be doing online?
I personally think age is just a number, and no matter how old you are, it's never too late to learn new things, as long as you're willing to keep an open mind. Good luck! Thank you all for your contributions to this topic, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your suggestions. Have a great weekend!