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Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you

From Little Acorns

Posts are not organised in correct date order as I want the first three posts to be top. So I have rearranged them. Go to Recent Posts in the sidebar to view posts.

There is a PowerPoint presentation here a video of it is at the end of this page.

From little acorns mighty oaks do grow. There’s talk within the community of older citizens being lonely and isolated. So I thought to myself as you (us, I’m 67) are a great resource in both knowledge and experience I would encourage them to blog. So I have set up OlderCitizens.wordpress.com which contains tutorials for getting started. The overall site (in progress) which I will use as a directory will be http://OlderCitizens.com which seems to be an inoffensive name. Know any older citizens? Get them to get in touch.

Anyway the plan is for me to contact as many older citizen groups that I can, initially in Ireland (I know how to do this) and take it from there. I’ll set up (countryname).OlderCitizens.com so Ireland will be http://Ireland.OlderCitizens.com, that should work , do a map as well. In fact create a network. We can be global.

If you are an older citizen and have a blog please let me know (any country)

Philip@OlderCitizens.com

Or Skype: dude.starship smiles there is only one (Philip Finlay Bryan, Tullamore)

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I’m in Tullamore Co.Offaly, Ireland – Mobile: +353 (0)894297539

Do not go gentle into that good night..

Here is a video of the PowerPoint presentation I am using to promote the site :


And there you have it. Keep coming back as i should be updating soon!

Leave a comment please……

Keeping Some Kind of Record

Album: Famous Blue Raincoat (1987)

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lyrics:

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton street all through the evening

I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert
You’re living for nothing now
I hope you’re keeping some kind of record

Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016)

Keeping some kind of record and no better way of doing it is a blog! I have clear memories of the 1950s – was it better then or was it because I was a kid; maybe maybe not, things were beginning to boom. Education, Health The NHS, teddy boys, Guernsey, I was 8th in my class in primary school and was given a shoe-in to Willesden County Grammar School. These are all topics that make for good blog topics. (I feel guilty in having only blogged a few snippets) AND I know one person who will be interested, my daughter she nags me about histories!

Women kneeling
Woman kneeling

I was trawling the net a few months ago and I came across this. I had this poster by Egon Schiele  up in my room when I was at Uni, oops another story. 1982 I think.

SEE?

If you are not on Facebook I heartily recommend it. I can help too.  Its a great way of making new friends and the news feeds are very helpful for keeping up to date. More topics for your blog!

Here’s a music interlude Love this tune. I got 5 lovely girls to dance for me!!!

The venue is Junkyard Blues Club in Second Life. Cool club with a live DJ most times. People are very friendly. I was a host there for a couple of years, taking a break at the moment. If you have a few hours  spare its fun. I’ll blog about it later. You have enough on your plate as it is. You’ll be able to research it yourself. I can help if you need me to. Another chapter.

What I am trying to do is to stimulate ideas. A blog is in many ways a personal endeavour, you have to find a place / space. I have a good few subscribers on my various blogs, getting on for 5,000. I will happily put a link to your blog from those high traffic ones. I mean 1% response is 50.

I love computers had my first one in 1981 a ZX 81 . That’s more than 30 years ago (sigh) . It had 16k of memory I have 32 gigs in my desktop now. I also have two screens. My main screen is 27 inches its gorgeous!

I had my first website up and running in 1996 http://IrishSecure.com its a bit neglected at the moment but I feel more awake these days so will work on it. Did you know there is a web archive  in Archive.org. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Explore more than 279 billion web pages saved over time. If you think your website is lost then Archive.org is the place to look. I have found sites from 16 years ago.
 

We were  first with ISIS (lol) Irish Secure Internet Services, of course this was before the other ISIS was around. Oh lets work towards a happier world. Lets make it our mission to bring smiles to those who serve and those who are served.


 A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY.

The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game? The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun.

He explains, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vice versa.”

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep. The lawyer, now agitated, says, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $50.00.”

This catches the blonde’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game. The lawyer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?”

The blonde doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer. “Okay” says the lawyer, “your turn.”

She asks the lawyer, “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?” The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the library of congress, no answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and co-workers, to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $50.00. The blonde says, “Thank you,” and turns back to get some more sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, “Well, what’s the answer?” Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

🙂

 

As You Surf The Web

As you surf the web

you will reach a place where no pages exist. This is called a 404 Error. While out surfing somewhere can’t remember where I reached this splendid 404 Error…..


…..can I get a hug? So sad……Next time you get a 404 Error maybe, just maybe, think of the server!

Now you know what a web server does, it serves web pages, you need also to know about Domain Name Servers or DNS.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.

Information from all the domain name servers across the Internet are gathered together and housed at the Central Registry. Host companies and Internet Service Providers interact with the Central Registry on a regular schedule to get updated DNS information.

When you type in a web address, e.g., OlderCitizens.com , your Internet Service Provider views the DNS associated with the domain name, translates it into a machine friendly IP address (for example 192.185.108.68 is the IP for OlderCitizens.com) and directs your Internet connection to the correct website.

After you register a new domain name or when you update the DNS servers on your domain name, it usually takes about 12-36 hours for the domain name servers world-wide to be updated and able to access the information. This 36-hour period is referred to as propagation.

Well yes mine are done immediately even if I have to tell a tech to kick start it which i frequently have to. I do it via chat.  I run my own web server through HostGator an excellent company been with them for oooo ages years. I also have my own DNS Domain Name Servers. I have two, ones for back up.

It literally takes minutes to set up a new domain.

Phew it made me sweat: Watch Full Screen.

As you may have guessed I like the blues. I blog about them in snippets and I usually make videos to blues music. However its not all video I take the odd still shot.If you want access to stunning art work join DeviantArt.com Here’s a picture I created its on my deviantart site:

If you want to create graphics yourself a very good program that I use as my main image editor is Microsoft Expression Design  The download link and tutorial is on my Useful Programs page and its so much better than paint. There are tutorials but just simple stuff like putting text on a picture its very cool. Worth learning though it takes some effort. But be brave you wouldn’t have got here now if you weren’t secretly as tough as old boots.

Probably the best blog post I ever created IMHO  its called (link below):

The O2, Niel Young

If you have a moment some feedback would be helpful. Email addresses are always kept private and never given out to third partys.

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Forum for OlderCitizens

Global F

Forums are a great way of facilitating communication. The RSA* is currently evaluating forums for use of fellows and not-yet-fellows.

A lively (sometimes) conversation has been initiated. We are testing various platforms to host the forum. Slack, Discourse and ZetaBoards have been touted. We are using Slack at the moment as our main forum. I like ZetaBoards, it is fairly simple and robust. I like the layout and I have used such a board in the post.

You can see it in action at http://Forum.OlderCitizens.com become a member to see all the features though you can view it as a guest. I am also looking for admins if you have an interest. Become a member first and have a tour round.

There is an instance of Slack set up at http://OlderCitizens.slack.com

The RSA Fellows test forum for discourse  is at http://commonspace.discoursehosting.net/

If you are a group or organisation wanting to facilitate members communicating then setting up  ZetaBoards could be the way to go.

The RSA are planning to come to their decision by 15th March? We will see however whatever their decision I will persist with ZetaBoards.

So come join our forum (s) and get yourself known, increase your digital literacy level.

philip

 

 


*The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.

We have been at the forefront of social change for 260 years thanks to the support of our Fellows, a global network of 28,000 people who share our values.

Today our impact is greater than ever. Fellows have access to the brightest new ideas, innovative projects, a diverse network of like-minded people and a platform for social change.

If you support our mission then we want to hear from you

 

Research (1)

Here are a few documents I have found so far with help from a Fellow or two from The RSA Getting Older Citizens to blog may not be as easy as I thought and I need help. One of my goals is to try and muster a team from The RSA to assist. Perhaps we can publish a paper? Unfortunately f2f will not be easy for me but with the help of the forum I may not need to. However I am learning lots and enjoying this immensly.

“The latest stats show that in 2010, around one in four of the working age population was aged 50 and over, and this is projected to increase to one in three by 2022” Damian Hinds (DWP).

Older Citizens need a voice and that can be through a blog. If you have come to this site to learn about how to blog go here.


Abstract  from a study of digital literacy in the older population. 

https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/69/9/1117/575499/English-Longitudinal-Study-of-Aging-Can-Internet-E

Background.

Cognitive decline is a major risk factor for disability, dementia, and death. The use of Internet/E-mail, also known as digital literacy, might decrease dementia incidence among the older population. The aim was to investigate whether digital literacy might be associated with decreased cognitive decline in older adulthood.

Methods.

Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging cohort with 6,442 participants aged 50–89 years, followed for 8 years, with baseline cognitive testing and four additional time points. The main outcome variable was the relative percentage change in delayed recall from a 10-word-list learning task across five separate measurement points. In addition to digital literacy, socioeconomic variables, including wealth and education, comorbidities, and baseline cognitive function were included in predictive models. The analysis used Generalized Estimating Equations.

Results.

Higher education, no functional impairment, fewer depressive symptoms, no diabetes, and Internet/E-mail use predicted better performance in delayed recall.

Conclusions.

Digital literacy may help reduce cognitive decline among persons aged between 50 and 89 years.

Digital literacy is defined as being able to navigate the Internet and use email.


Internet Users in the UK 2016 by Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd

 

Below is the data from Pew on Internet usage in the USA.

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/

Run your mouse over the charts to view date


Media literacy and digital exclusion in older people

Media literacy, digital exclusion and older people uploaded by  Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd


And worth reading is:

Doctor Know a Knowledge Commons in Health uploaded by  Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd

 


 Harvard Health Blog – Learning a new skill  can slow cognitive ageing.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/learning-new-skill-can-slow-cognitive-aging-201604279502

“Active aging involves more than moving your body. You also need to move your brain. “When you exercise, you engage your muscles to help improve overall health,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The same concept applies to the brain. You need to exercise it with new challenges to keep it healthy.”


The burning question (s)  is how to contact older citizens and get them to a level of digital literacy where they can blog.