Computer obsessions

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I TOTALLY agree with Pamela Frankland’s letter regarding non-computer users’ abilityto donate to charity and others (Missing out on us, Letters, February 8).

I am not computer illiterate, but in my last job before retirement (aviation) I had four computers constantly demanding attention and I decided I would not have a computer at home after retirement.

The charities are definitely missing out. I wanted to take part in the 5K Race for Life for one of the charities.

I rang the advertised number, explained I didn’t have a computer, but would like to enter. The response? “Entering is easy, just go online to Race for Life!”

Another company offered free refurbished computers for people on low income who didn’t have computers, to help them become computer literate. Good idea? No phone number, just contact them – online – how?

We seem to have raised a whole generation who are computer literate, but brain deficient.

J Liddington, Hanover Court, Haxby, York.

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10:25am Sat 15 Feb 14

Stevie D says...

I can understand charities only accepting entries or submissions online, because the additional income they are missing by not accepting telephone or snail mail entries probably wouldn't cover the costs of providing that facility. It's a trade-off that no-one wants to make, but charities have to look at the bottom line, and if it costs them £20k to get an extra £10k in then it isn't worth doing.

But the company asking computer-illiterate people without computers to contact them by email is just brain dead...
I can understand charities only accepting entries or submissions online, because the additional income they are missing by not accepting telephone or snail mail entries probably wouldn't cover the costs of providing that facility. It's a trade-off that no-one wants to make, but charities have to look at the bottom line, and if it costs them £20k to get an extra £10k in then it isn't worth doing. But the company asking computer-illiterate people without computers to contact them by email [bold]is[/bold] just brain dead... Stevie D

2:01pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Maquis says...

If you wanted to you could to the library or use someone elses computer. Also most people now have email on their phone or have a friend who does.
The analogy about needing to go on online to gt a computer is like a car dealership being in a place that you need to drive to.
Where there is a will there is a way.
If you wanted to you could to the library or use someone elses computer. Also most people now have email on their phone or have a friend who does. The analogy about needing to go on online to gt a computer is like a car dealership being in a place that you need to drive to. Where there is a will there is a way. Maquis

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