While us young whipper-snappers are still complaining about the iPad being a big iPod and its lack of Flash, a 100-year-old Oswego woman teaches us all a lesson in appreciation. In 100 years, Virginia Campbell has never owned a computer – until the iPad.
Technology has advanced to the point where hardly anyone is impressed with anything anymore. When the iPad was announced, it was met with lots of criticism and a general consensus of “meh”, due to its iPod Touch similarities. The Apple iPad is downright awesome, but most of us are too technologically spoiled to appreciate it – but what if computers, Kindles, or iPod Touches never existed?
Via a viral YouTube video [Virginia’s new iPad] and Oregonlive.com, we’re brought the story of Virginia Campbell. In 100 years, while everyone has been going tech crazy, 100-year-old Virginia Campbell has been completely out of the loop; never owning a major piece of tech hardware like an iPod, Kindle, or Computer – Virginia’s first computer is an iPad.
Virginia Campbell, an early 1930s Reed College alumni – who studied English literature – is (was) an avid reader and writer that suffers from glaucoma, making reading nearly impossible. The iPad allows 100-year-old Virginia Campbell to adjust the text size, screen brightness, and instantly save and bookmark all her favorite books, making the iPad the perfect solution for seniors that suffer from glaucoma, like Virginia Campbell. In the YouTube video starring Virginia Campbell, she is so captured by her new iPad (and first computer) that she never once looks up at the camera and is excited to finally be able to read and write again.
So far Virginia has used her new iPad to write 2 books and 12 limericks and has dedicated a poem to hail her first computer – the Apple iPad:
To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.
Virginia Campbell’s story is a shining example that shows us that technology isn’t to be taken for granted and that the iPad is so cool and easy to use that a 100-year-old woman that has never used a computer before can figure it out in less than a minute.
For more read How to Add Any eBook to Work with iBooks on the iPad, 4 IPad Accessories You Should Buy as Soon as You Buy an iPad, and Why the iPad Makes Me Want to Throw My Kindle in the Garbage.
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