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    software suggestions

    I am looking for suggestions of freeware to be included in a computer for someone aged 65+. It's running a P166 processor, 32M ram, W95 for a new user. I'm thinking along the lines of calendars, PIMs, word processor, maybe some card games - basically it needs to be easy to use, small, general interest software.

    I appreciate your help. Thanks.

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    Re: software suggestions

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Just a thought. Have you checked some of the sites that routinely have freeware and/or inexpensive shareware available -- tucows, tudogs, cnet and most of the PC magazines have download sites where you can get some freeware, testware (try for 30 days sort of thing) and inexpensive shareware.
    Alternatively, maybe a search on an engine like Google might turn up something. HTH

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    Re: software suggestions

    Thanks for the reply. All those sources have lots of choices. I was hoping to narrow down the choices by getting some leads on specific software that users like you have tried and liked.

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    Re: software suggestions

    Click my sig

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    Re: software suggestions

    <hr>Click my sig<hr>
    Is this the up-to-date Internet version of Dirty Harry's "Make my day"? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: software suggestions

    Well I have clicked your sig several times.

    FYI, you might want to check
    and their <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mediahorizon.net/referrers/index.html>links to other freeware sites.

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    Re: software suggestions

    Hi Loren:

    Couple of suggestions:

    1)Build the system with Windows 98 SE if possible. It will be more stable W95.

    2)If Internet access will be part of the picture, get Internet Explorer 6 and OE6. Then set up a Hotmail account integrated through OE6. Finally, if the user is interested in friendly and/or competitive card games, send her to the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.zone.com>The Zone</A>. Lots of people gather there for kitchen bridge, hearts, etc. The friendly games may take twice as long because they are chatting all the way through the game. Of course, in that case, the game is only an excuse for chatting. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    3)Look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.sun.com/staroffice/>Star Office</A>. I use this on Linux but have not used it on Windows systems.

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    Re: software suggestions

    Ian, I have found the Windows version of Star Office to be a bit resource hungry and cumbersome to use. I threfore now recommend <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.software602.com/products/>602PC Suite</A>. This is also free and compatible with Office 97/2000. Only has Word processor, spreadsheet, and graphic editor but that should be enough for most average folk.

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    Re: software suggestions

    The word processing program Yeah Write is good for a person who writes occasional letters or memos. It is easy to use (limited options) and has a nice large-print-on-the-screen display. (Specify installation to the C:ProgramsYW folder during installation or the program will install to the C:drive.) Free or $29 with more options. The free version is probably just fine. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.yeahwrite.com/>http://www.yeahwrite.com/</A>

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