Category Archives: Seniors

Voices From the Lab: Retiree Learns Tech Skills for Job Search

 Two years after retiring as a Janitor for the Del Valle School District, Noe Quintanilla, realized that he needed to find a part-time job to help supplement his income. When he went back to the school district to apply for … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Never Too Old to Learn

Troy Shackles and Meredith Sisnett In Troy Shackles lifetime, he has seen the invention of many consumer products that have changed our lives–the electric razor (1928), TV Remote Control (1955), handheld calculator (1967), Sony Walkman (1979), and MP3 player (1998). … Continue reading

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Voices from the Lab: Rural Texas student learns on-line safety lesson

“Why do I have to enter my password to look at this info my friend sent me,” the elderly student, Norma, said as she opened an email on her new mobile device.  She recently met with the training manager of … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: TFA’s iPads for All

The retired couple held the iPad between them, discussing how all the different features on the mobile device could help them as they travel. “We can use the maps and Internet to plan our trips,” the husband said as he … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net Keeps Our Users Safe

When Harry entered the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) he was pretty sure that he’d know a scam if he heard one.  He’s lived on the streets of Austin for a long while now and says that makes … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Learning the language at any age

“I’m no longer afraid of the computer.” It’s a line that’s been said many times by  students after attending computer classes taught by Technology For All (TFA)’s  program specialists at public computer centers in rural Texas and San Antonio.

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Voices From the Lab: Warmth Abounds at South Austin Neighborhood Center

Just as the weather starts to cool down, and even give us some slight freezing, the visitors of the South Austin Neighborhood Center enjoy true warmth.   Nestled amongst full-grown Live Oak and Cedar trees and intertwined with a running creek, … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Email Safety Tips for All Ages

A computer is an amazing tool.  And email is the best tool in the box.  As with any shiny, new tool, it comes with inherent dangers that a new user might not see coming.  A new user, senior citizen and … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Daddy Can Do Anything!

As we all are very much aware, finding a job in today’s world is a struggle. Never mind that there are barriers to obtaining a job such as lack of computer access, basic computer skills knowledge or even transportation. What … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Bridging the Digital Divide Requires More Than Just Technology

Austin Free-Net’s ever-expanding reach has grown to a total of 168 computers in 26 sites around Austin, but simply providing technology to the community is only the beginning. To empower our clients to bridge the digital divide, we also rely … Continue reading

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