Daily Archives: August 19, 2011


I have taught my mom to use e-mail three times. Starting when she was in her late 60s, we went over the basics of Hotmail. We exchanged a few messages – hers were usually all in capital letters – but the correspondence died off when she accidentally clicked on her Trash folder and never figured out how to navigate back.

We tried the tutorial again when I visited the following Thanksgiving, then a couple of summers later, until my mom quietly disconnected her internet service altogether. “If someone needs to reach me, they can call me,” she said.

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Tech news from around the web:

Research in Motion is in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of the company’s instant message service, BlackBerry Messenger, according to CNET.  At the moment there are very few details as to how the music service would work within BBM but it is expected to be launched within the next few weeks, sources told CNET. Read more