There are many people who, due to poor eyesight or other issues, never got a computer. Some of these people still try to use their old Webtv’s to do some basic web surfing. Outdated and unable to access much of the online offerings, Webtv has now ceased to accept new customers. Fortunately, there is a new kid in town.
As an old Webtv owner, I thought that the world had come to an end when I could no longer sit on my couch with a keyboard and surf the web. Webtv’s interface with many websites became more and more dismal, and eventually it became nearly impossible to clearly access a full website, sign on to many, and see a complete website that was not distorted or missing parts.
I knew that I didn’t want a computer that had me in the computer shop every month, clearing it of viruses and malware. I wanted something as easy as my Webtv, that never needed anything, and was immune to problems. This was because it was serviced by a central computer.
As if in answer to my search, I found a small computer that was Linux based, and it had no software, no viruses, no malware to worry about, and it came in the size of a cigar box. I was called a Zonbu. Zonbu still has it’s computers, but not the $99 desktop I bought. That is no longer made. It was marvelous and all it needed was a hookup, a mouse, a keypad and monitor. It was great for three years. Then it died.
Hearing all the horror stories about computer viruses and problems, I searched again for a “cloud” based system that demanded no technical knowledge from me. I never found it, so I ended up with a laptop computer, a gift from a friend. It was certainly a learning curve.
In my looking online last night about how they have stopped letting new users in to the Webtv world, I found a new product that is also Linux based, and it is marketing itself as the “easiest” computer on the market. It is targeting those folks who need a simpler and larger version of a regular computer. The following was taken from the “Telikin” website.
“Microsoft is no longer offering MSN TV or WebTV to new customers, Telikin is the perfect full-featured alternative. Like WebTV, Telikin provides Email, Web Browsing, News, Weather, Entertainment and adds full computer capabilities including Video Chat, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, DVD and CD player, Games and more. Telikin’s easy to use touchscreen and intuitive interface makes it an excellent upgrade from WebTV.”
The Telikin’s ad at http://www.telikin.com/ states that it is ready to use right out of the box. The website is very well done, with video demonstrations. The Telikin’s user-friendly touch-screen monitor is in large display, with an 18″ or 20″ option. The keyboard is in large print as well. The capacity for photo-sharing, email and all normal features of a regular computer are there, but very much easier to use with the on-screen modified display. Updates for this computer are also free.
As a new product, it costs a bit more than most computers, but who can put a price on bringing the world to someone who is intimidated by, or cannot use a regular computer? I am having trouble holding myself back from buying one, as I have used the Linux brand before, in my Zonbu, and I absolutely loved it’s hassle-free platform. Sometimes, simpler is really better. Go take a look, and consider it as a wonderful gift for someone!
http://www.telikin.com/ There are many testimonials on this site, as well, from users and family members of users.