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Screenshot is of my mom's current desktop, and the download link is to a shell script I made for her with a kdialog front-end. On the screenshot you can see a link to it-- "Choice Menu".

Just some ideas for a desktop setup for older people (40 and up ;-D).

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Last changelog:

16 years ago

-Now on www.kde-apps.org, currently only entry in "Other Software" section (direct link: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=9717)
- Made script defaults more general
- Added a few comments for readability

lazychris2000

16 years ago

whered u get the fortune thing that was in the preview?

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L0rclA5CII

16 years ago

It's a karamba theme. In my case, it came with Karamba 0.17. It's very simple and doesn't use any python scripting, so I don't think it comes with the new SuperKaramba. You can actually build the theme yourself it's so simple. If you take something like my Evolution theme (I believe it's somewhere still buried on this site) and modify it to run "fortune -s" rather than my script, then you'd basically have it.

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leopeeps

16 years ago

Great Idea. Very handy. Might get the wife to convert now. I can think of a few other uses as well. Wish I thought of it. Well done.

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L0rclA5CII

16 years ago

I also have a link to the script in ~/.kde/Autostart, so that it pops up when she logs in.

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kaha

16 years ago

for older people (40 and up ;-D).

Hey, I resemble that remark!

*waves his cane menacingly*

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Brandybuck

16 years ago

I resemble it too, and I'm not sure whether I should be offended or not. Is the implication that people older than 40 need special interfaces? Is it that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks?" What?

I'm wondering if anyone needs to inform Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson that they need special interfaces on their desktops or they won't be able to use email...

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L0rclA5CII

16 years ago

I suppose I could have said something like "for people with limited computer literacy", but I'd rather make a blanket statement that will get a rise out of someone ;-). And yes, I do realize that many people involved in Computer Science are over 40, many of whom are great advancers in the field. I use this very example to counter the "I'm too old" argument I get from "old" people.

Just like the "computers were before my time" excuse. So you mean to tell me you were born before 1890, when Herman Hollerith invented one of the first electro-mechanical computers? Or in a broader sense, referring to any computational device, we have the abacus dating back to possibly 1000 BC. It was also common to refer to people who were experts at computation as "computers" all the way into the 1950's. We also have the first graphical interface, and the concept of hypertext links coming from that same decade.

Really the people who use these excuses are either lazy or afraid or both. They should just admit they're not willing to learn. If one is willing to learn, ley can overcome any ignorance.

Well, anyhow, that's the end of my rant. Mainly I'm talking about people like my grandfather btw. He commonly *brags* about how "I don't even know how to turn the damn thing on". My mother, on the other hand, can be frustrating with some self-imposed limitations (i.e she doesn't manage her own /home directory), but she's been willing to try out GNU/Linux, and is willing to learn anything if it's "shown", but like a lot of users, learns by rote, and gets annoyed when I try to explain anything in abstractions.

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janet

14 years ago

I agree it is nice for mothers and fathers ;) I am a 40 year old woman and the computer freak in our family. That's a nice idea I will introduce to my father (70) and my aunt (63) and our local seniors computer club. 40 - boy where are you living... ;)

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SeanParsons

16 years ago

That is a great idea. I modified the script some, but I have just added the same thing to my mother's desktop.

Thanks

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L0rclA5CII

16 years ago

I'd hope so. Unless your mother has a friend named Gloria too ;-). If you make a kewl modification, feel free to distribute it.

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16 years ago

-Now on www.kde-apps.org, currently only entry in "Other Software" section (direct link: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=9717)
- Made script defaults more general
- Added a few comments for readability

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