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(Daily Mail)   How about a hand-me-up? Many parents received outdated iPads and other electronic gadgets this Christmas   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 21
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2012-12-26 07:49:27 PM  
some children don't mind incessant long winded technology based infuriating phone calls at all hours from the 'rents.
 
2012-12-26 07:54:58 PM  

KrispyKritter: some children don't mind incessant long winded technology based infuriating phone calls at all hours from the 'rents.


Some tech is pretty foolproof. I got my mom a Kindle Paperwhite for her birthday and it is a no brainer for her to use once she got the basics.

long as you aren't buying them a Windows 8 PC, you are pretty safe from phone calls. Those walled gardens are actually pretty good at keeping out the malware that causes most tech calls.
 
2012-12-26 08:40:45 PM  
Hand me up? The term is "come up."
 
2012-12-26 09:03:21 PM  
Umm, excuse me, kids. Dad would LOVE to have that iPhone the 2-year-old grandkid is entertaining himself with, since you got your new iPhone11, to replace the 2001-vintage Motorola barely digital POS I'm still using.

/yeah, good luck with that, gramps...
 
2012-12-26 09:32:55 PM  
shiat my entire extended family lives on my tech castoffs. about 10 people.. we get value for money out of that shiat.
 
2012-12-26 10:06:32 PM  
I think this is odd. I went to computer school in 1969, and have a better network at home than some businesses. My aunt, who is 83, is active on email and Facebook, as is her slightly younger cousin (from the assisted living facility), both on their own computers. My parents were active on the web from their first Color Computer in the early '80s (dial-up on Compuserve). Who do these kids think invented the internet they grew up with?
 
2012-12-26 10:09:14 PM  
Christ! cheap ass bastards.

if you get done with the damn thing say to your parents " Hey, I up graded, but this is perfectly fine, would you like it?" or give it to a younger kid relative any time of the year, don't DO NOT wrap the thing up and pass it off for Christmas

that's some tacky shiat right there.

get the old farts some lottery tickets or some shiat if you can't afford it.. the old farkers love that shiat


/walks out the room shaking his head.
 
2012-12-26 10:11:58 PM  
I gave my daughter my old iPhone for Christmas, so I'm getting a kick out of this article.
 
2012-12-26 10:16:20 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: Christ! cheap ass bastards.

if you get done with the damn thing say to your parents " Hey, I up graded, but this is perfectly fine, would you like it?" or give it to a younger kid relative any time of the year, don't DO NOT wrap the thing up and pass it off for Christmas


I was wondering if anyone else had this thought. To me it says it's not good enough for me anymore, but it should be good enough for you. Plus, I'm a cheap bastard and only want to spend money on myself, so Merry Christmas.

//Nothing wrong with giving gadgets you're done with to family. But using your castoff relics as presents (instead of buying them something) screams cheap to me.
 
2012-12-26 10:30:15 PM  

mjbok: Cerebral Knievel: Christ! cheap ass bastards.

if you get done with the damn thing say to your parents " Hey, I up graded, but this is perfectly fine, would you like it?" or give it to a younger kid relative any time of the year, don't DO NOT wrap the thing up and pass it off for Christmas

I was wondering if anyone else had this thought. To me it says it's not good enough for me anymore, but it should be good enough for you. Plus, I'm a cheap bastard and only want to spend money on myself, so Merry Christmas.

//Nothing wrong with giving gadgets you're done with to family. But using your castoff relics as presents (instead of buying them something) screams cheap to me.


thanks for the back up, growing up... poor, I got plenty of my extended, more affluent family members cast off gadgets and tech, often times during Christmas when my mother and I were visiting, it was always a " well, if you think you can use it," or if you think you can get it to work again" thing and I was sent off with the goodies to pound on and break out the screwdrivers and soldering irons and what not and had at

became a a great little hardware guy because of that, set me up for a life of fiddling around with stuff that eventually led to my job in a round about way.

but really, don't give a kid a wrapped up broken BetaMax for Christmas

stevetherobot: I gave my daughter my old iPhone for Christmas, so I'm getting a kick out of this article.


I see that as fine, as long as you didn't pass it off as new.
 
2012-12-26 10:57:31 PM  

RedBoatBill: Who do these kids think invented the internet they grew up with?


Not the stay at home moms. Or the blue collar dads. The 1% geekiest.
 
2012-12-26 11:43:37 PM  
My parents are in their 60's and gave me a hand-me-down iPad this year. So nyah, article write.
 
2012-12-26 11:56:43 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: Christ! cheap ass bastards.

if you get done with the damn thing say to your parents " Hey, I up graded, but this is perfectly fine, would you like it?" or give it to a younger kid relative any time of the year, don't DO NOT wrap the thing up and pass it off for Christmas

that's some tacky shiat right there.

get the old farts some lottery tickets or some shiat if you can't afford it.. the old farkers love that shiat


/walks out the room shaking his head.


Then they shouldn't have given me hand-me-down clothing. They set the tone for this relationship.
 
2012-12-27 12:37:10 AM  
Gave my sister my old Wacom Intuos2, because I have a Cintiq now. I didn't wrap it though. That would have been weird.
 
2012-12-27 01:25:42 AM  
I know a lot of parents got iPhone4's and 5's after their sons and daughters discovered the SIII and Note2
 
2012-12-27 06:40:48 AM  

Mad_Radhu: KrispyKritter: some children don't mind incessant long winded technology based infuriating phone calls at all hours from the 'rents.

Some tech is pretty foolproof. I got my mom a Kindle Paperwhite for her birthday and it is a no brainer for her to use once she got the basics.

long as you aren't buying them a Windows 8 PC, you are pretty safe from phone calls. Those walled gardens are actually pretty good at keeping out the malware that causes most tech calls.


My parents accidentally turned down the volume almost all the way when I was face timing with them and they couldn't figure out how to turn the volume back up. So much for Apple's intuitive interface.
 
2012-12-27 09:49:42 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Gave my sister my old Wacom Intuos2, because I have a Cintiq now. I didn't wrap it though. That would have been weird.


Why not, always wrap it up bro.
 
2012-12-27 10:45:32 AM  
I've been doing this with my point-and-shoot digital cameras for years now. I got my dad's old car, he got my old Canon S110.

I also gave him my 3rd gen iPod nano (the square-ish one with the rounded corners) and showed him how to rip YouTube videos and synch them to the iPod in iTunes. He loves that thing!
 
2012-12-27 11:34:12 AM  

Tobin_Lam: My parents accidentally turned down the volume almost all the way when I was face timing with them and they couldn't figure out how to turn the volume back up. So much for Apple's intuitive interface.


The volume on an iPad is controlled by pretty standard volume control buttons on the side, and you press up to raise the volume and down to lower it. I don't know how they could have made it any easier.
 
2012-12-27 02:26:30 PM  

KrispyKritter: some children don't mind incessant long winded technology based infuriating phone calls at all hours from the 'rents.


I bought my mom her first laptop this Christmas (she'd only recently become interested in the internet)-- but had Amazon ship it to me first. I cleaned up the desktop, took off all the bloatware, added AVG and MalwareBytes, set her up with Gmail and Skype accounts (and made sure they worked), installed Firefox with Adblock (and a few bookmarks I thought she'd like), burned the recovery disks, etc. I enclosed notes on what I'd added (that would also be useful for any techs she might bring the lappy to for service), a 4-port USB extension, all kinds of goodies.

All that took several hours, but I made sure she could just fire it up and start playing -- without getting frustrated and calling me to explain stuff. As a result, she LOVES the internet now! She's had it less than a week and has already done her first online shopping, and we had a ton of fun Skyping on Christmas day.

/Haven't told her about Fark yet, but she'd be a ton of libby-lefty fun on the Politics tab.
 
2012-12-27 03:42:14 PM  
I'm OK with this. My kids have given me several of their unwanted old toys.
 
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