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June 18, 2011, 03:31:14 PM
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Just curious.

It would say a lot about the future of Bitcoin if Baby Boomers could understand enough to use/get the hang of using Bitcoin.

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June 18, 2011, 03:44:38 PM
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I showed the weusecoins.com promo video to my mom. It presents the concept of bitcoins in an easy to understand manner. She likes the idea and supports me upgrading my system a bit so I can mine on the side.

 Also planning to have an online BTC-friendly store, and a site to spread bitcoin awareness.  Smiley

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June 18, 2011, 03:58:26 PM
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Just curious.

It would say a lot about the future of Bitcoin if Baby Boomers could understand enough to use/get the hang of using Bitcoin.

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baby boomer here...

just give me a few minutes to sidle up to your ageism in my walker...

eh, now? < points ear trumpet... >  what's that y'say, sonny?

i got my 22 year old daughter to get involved with Bitcoin.  i think it was easier because i educated her about operating systems some time ago, and she is now an ardent linux user (and has converted others to FOSS).

saayyy...  you don't use windoze, do ya sonny?
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June 18, 2011, 04:11:16 PM
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Most parents are getting used to the computer in general.  Bitcoins are not user friendly to the general computer user.  Oh wait...

Mtgox hacked, client hacked, volatile market, lead anonymous dev, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Why do I want my parents in on this again???
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June 18, 2011, 04:15:04 PM
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I've had both my parents mining for over a week now. My dad gets about 180mH/s and my mom gets about 12mH/s on her laptop, LOL.

My brother did for a weekend but then he quit... not sure why because he's unemployed and can do about 250mH/s with his computer.
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June 18, 2011, 04:15:53 PM
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Most parents are getting used to the computer in general.  Bitcoins are not user friendly to the general computer user.  Oh wait...

Mtgox hacked, client hacked, volatile market, lead anonymous dev, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Why do I want my parents in on this again???

ummm...

because we invented the internet, and can show you how  to use it safely?
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June 18, 2011, 04:16:58 PM
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I got my mom and grandmother to sign up at bitcoin bonus.  My grandmother got confused, and knows it, I think my mom got confused, but she doesn't realise it yet.

Set up the same thing..
http://bit.ly/btcrefs
Get more bitcoins.
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June 18, 2011, 04:17:58 PM
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Just curious.

It would say a lot about the future of Bitcoin if Baby Boomers could understand enough to use/get the hang of using Bitcoin.

Matthew


baby boomer here...

just give me a few minutes to sidle up to your ageism in my walker...

eh, now? < points ear trumpet... >  what's that y'say, sonny?

i got my 22 year old daughter to get involved with Bitcoin.  i think it was easier because i educated her about operating systems some time ago, and she is now an ardent linux user (and has converted others to FOSS).

saayyy...  you don't use windoze, do ya sonny?

Hahaha...

But to answer your question, no I don't use Windows. I use Linux Mint 11, 100% of the time for work and personal.
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June 18, 2011, 04:21:19 PM
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Just curious.

It would say a lot about the future of Bitcoin if Baby Boomers could understand enough to use/get the hang of using Bitcoin.

Matthew


baby boomer here...

just give me a few minutes to sidle up to your ageism in my walker...

eh, now? < points ear trumpet... >  what's that y'say, sonny?

i got my 22 year old daughter to get involved with Bitcoin.  i think it was easier because i educated her about operating systems some time ago, and she is now an ardent linux user (and has converted others to FOSS).

saayyy...  you don't use windoze, do ya sonny?

Hahaha...

But to answer your question, no I don't use Windows. I use Linux Mint 11, 100% of the time for work and personal.


you should try LMDE.  mint's a good distro in general, but the debian spin is much more versatile.
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June 18, 2011, 04:22:00 PM
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My mom was curious to understand BitCoin! So, I tabbed a few easy to understand sites explaining it...She didn't get it! Cheesy
She also doesn't understand how to use multiple HDD, one for system only, and one for the useless BS she downloads, then opens without a scan!

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June 18, 2011, 07:31:28 PM
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Oh no, Generation "I am 1337, I can do Linux"  Wink
(Just joking!)

Just joking. Educating people...
I am nut sure whether that's really a good thing. I think that people would be much more "educated" if they'd have to learn on their own. It's just an unproven theory though.

BitCoin address: 1E25UJEbifEejpYh117APmjYSXdLiJUCAZ
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June 18, 2011, 09:52:38 PM
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I went in 50/50 with my dad on a rig.
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June 18, 2011, 11:38:51 PM
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I've had both my parents mining for over a week now. My dad gets about 180mH/s and my mom gets about 12mH/s on her laptop, LOL.

My brother did for a weekend but then he quit... not sure why because he's unemployed and can do about 250mH/s with his computer.

Should stop your mom from mining on the laptop, they never have enough cooling for mining work.
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June 19, 2011, 12:07:58 AM
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Average Joes aren't going to start using bitcoin as a downloadable client. It's too complicated and the concept that their wallet file IS their wallet is way too difficult and upsetting. Parents and mainstream folks will get into bitcoins when the interface is as simple as Paypal. And yes, that involves storing wallet files in the cloud, security issues be damned.

"I WANT THE BITCOINS"
"Ok, go here and create an account. Ok, now type in your credit card information and how many you want. Ok, now they're in your account. You can pay whoever else now."

DO IT NERDS.
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June 19, 2011, 12:17:50 AM
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My 62-year-old dad is away on a trip and gets back in a week or so and he's already ordered the hardware for his mining rig. I actually had to curb his enthusiasm a little because he wanted to set up two rigs, even though the chances of recouping mining rig costs are looking sketchy at the moment with the way difficulty is rising.

In any case it's great to have yet another hobbby to share with my dad. Smiley
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June 19, 2011, 04:20:54 AM
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As someone that's a tail-end boomer myself, I'd say that my parents are more likely to be run over by the Bitcoin train  Undecided Mom is proud of herself, she can now do 'the email thing' without help anymore. Dad, who is old, set in his ways, and knows EVERYTHING EVER has recently been broken of his habit of shutting the computer down by turning off the switch on the power strip  Cry Personally, I think I'd have better luck teaching my cat to make me coffee in the morning. Bitcoins, like computers and other technology, just aren't for some people.

I still hear dad complain from time to time about how he misses Windows 3.1  Roll Eyes

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