Friday, August 20, 2010
DON'T TOUCH MY COMPUTER !
[ This image is from Infocomm 123 Facebook page ]
Very sorry that the image is rather blurred .....surprising, considering that whoever put it there must be from Infocomm itself.
Anyway, I came across the news release for this IDA Promotion most recently and thought
I like to share it here.
I've checked the websites of other "senior-related" organisations and
was surprised none had publicised such promotions within their sites.
I have no idea why it is so.
Perhaps, Infocomm 123 itself may not have sent them such news directly...requesting them to help publicise the scheme.
So, they may be in the dark still.
What is this SILVER GEN PC INCENTIVE SCHEME all about?
Here are the details in a brief summary.
1. IDA is offering discounts to buy PCs ( personal computers ) under the Silver Gen PC Deal
and Training incentive.
If you are a Singapore Citizen age 50 and above you basically qualify for the scheme. But
2. The PC Bundles at Special Prices ( specially discounted by 3 appointed IT firms ) are only
for these seniors who want to buy their own PCs...and complete s total of 30 hours of
subsidised IT course/training.
3. So, what can you really get in this SILVER GEN PC and TRAINING incentive?
After completing a 30 hour ( accumulated) IT training of your own choice from those offered,
at SILVER INFOCOMM JUNCTIONS ( SIJs )...you get an endorsed "passport" to buy your
choice of PCs from the 3 IT firms.
As a "Reward" for completing the 30 hours training, you get a further $100 off on your
purchase price. Note: Only the 1st 8,000 seniors who have the passports will be eligible.
Date and period of Promotion and redemption are on the IDA site.
There are currently 8 SIJs located around Singapore. The SIJ learning hubs were set up to cater specially to the senior citizens. The fees for courses are affordable to most between $ 2 to $ 6.
You can check up on more and fuller details at the following websites:
Click HERE for IDA's offer details.
Unk Dicko's Observations and Comments:
Many of the people belonging to this category of Silver Generation from 50+ to the 60+
and even those in the 70's and above have told me that they are very keen on learning how
to use the computer and internet to enhance their lifestyle. When I gave my various public
talks on blogging, IT and the internet...many spoke with me after that in private smaller groups
about their woes and plight.
One major problem for most of them is that the computer in the home is used mainly by their
children or grandkids who are all IT educated.
But my fellow aunties, uncles, grandpas and grandmas have told me about their real FEARS of
"messing up" or inexplicably " jamming up" the computer sets of their beloved ones...due to
their lack of training or knowledge.
I did ask some of them if that scenario actually happened and what was the subsequent reaction.
Not surprising, many confirmed it had. The reactions ranged from mild to severe.
An example of "mild":
" Grandpa, it's very hard to teach you! You always forget the steps and anyhow press here, press there ! Aiyah! You must write down what I teach you. But you don't. And when you
jot down you also forget how to do the steps, Aiyoh ! Like that HOW ? "
An Example of "severe":
" Pa! ( Ma!) Please don't touch MY computer again..please! See, everything is jammed up!
You go and get your OWN computer set and leave mine ALONE!"
Now you will agree with me why in the interest of all and for peace to prevail in the home...
it is really a very good move to:
A) Get your own computer set up
B) Get some basic training in IT for yourself, wife, husband, grandpa, grandma etc..
No need to go hunting high and low for "offers" all over the place.
IF I HAD NOT MASTERED THE COMPUTER AND IT ON MY OWN SINCE Dec 2005,
I would simply take up this IDA offer...since there's nothing to lose and all to GAIN.