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Don Edrington
July 19, 2007 9:42 AM   Subscribe

He's a computer tutor for seniors, who also seems to have a giant collection of music that's rare these days. Shortly before leaving to fight in Korea, he was kissed by Celia Cruz in 1951, among other adventures.
posted by StrikeTheViol (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
He certainly knows his demographic. There's nowhere senior's look for computer help more often than online and when they do, they absolutely clamor for tiny fonts in a confusing layout.
posted by DU at 9:56 AM on July 19, 2007


Another thing senior's love: apostrophe's
posted by DU at 9:57 AM on July 19, 2007


"Al Roller called to say he sometimes receives an email containing music that starts playing immediately upon being opened, and asked how this is done. Well, after creating a new message in Outlook Express you can click on Format>Background>Music and browse to the song you want to include in your outgoing letter. (This is also where you will find options for choosing a background image or solid color for your outgoing email.)"

Oh, man ... Speaking as a tech support at an independent ISP in a market with a large retired demographic, I sincerely hope none of our customers read this page.
posted by krinklyfig at 9:59 AM on July 19, 2007


DU didn't get it, did he?

Thanks for the post...fun stuff....
posted by HuronBob at 9:59 AM on July 19, 2007


I've been meaning to transfer a lot of my record collection to mp3's, but now I can save the time and just download this guy's music.
posted by wabashbdw at 10:00 AM on July 19, 2007


don't most seniors have their computers set to enlarge all type anyway, DU? I do it manually for most pages, and i'm not even that old yet.

(or maybe that's something PCdon should put at the top of the page--in big type?)

This guy is doing good--so many seniors are interested, have time to explore interests and hobbies and all sorts of things, and just are unfamiliar/uncomfortable around computers (that'll change of course, as all the boomers retire). I bet communities like the Century Villages in FL, and Sun City, etc, all have classes nowadays.
posted by amberglow at 10:01 AM on July 19, 2007


I bet his music pages are the most popular
posted by amberglow at 10:02 AM on July 19, 2007


There are limericks.
posted by Tehanu at 10:11 AM on July 19, 2007


I am occasionally asked if it's legal to download songs
found on various non-commercial sites, such as this one. Well, I'm neither a lawyer nor a technician, and I've begun to wonder if it was legal for us to tape music off the radio back when tape recorders first came into existence.

And were we committing a crime when we recorded a movie shown on TV with our VCRs? And was it really legal to buy a dual-deck audio recorder for the express purpose of duplicating cassettes?

My answer to all of the above is, "I don't know."

Nonetheless, here is a statement in sort of a legalese that appears to apply to this kind of file availability:

The songs on this site are copyrighted by their respective artists and are placed here for evaluation purposes only. Please support the artists you like by buying their commercial CDs and downloads.
posted by wabashbdw at 10:12 AM on July 19, 2007


Unicorn!!

Wow, that actually lifted my mood.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 10:29 AM on July 19, 2007


amberglow writes "This guy is doing good--so many seniors are interested, have time to explore interests and hobbies and all sorts of things, and just are unfamiliar/uncomfortable around computers"

Oh, sure, but background music in email is not a good idea. I'm sure he's a great guy, and he has a fascinating history. But, please, no music in my email! (Really, I just don't want to support the situation when someone calls up and asks how to do it, as there's a good chance they're sending to several people with dialup connections.)
posted by krinklyfig at 11:15 AM on July 19, 2007


I've been meaning to transfer a lot of my mp3 collection to wav's & midi's, but now I can save the time and just download this guy's music.
posted by squalor at 4:46 PM on July 19, 2007


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