Parents and OS X

· bodega

writes about converting his dad from a Mac to a BeOS box to a PC and now back to the Mac with the new OS. I never would have dared try to set up my parents on the Be system but I did intuitively put my dad in a Mac when it was time for him to get a computer. Later his company got him a Sony Vaio which I told him was quite the status symbol for a salesman, but he never liked it as much as the Mac.
Then this past xmas the kids got him a new iMac (not the new model, but the blueberry kind) running OS X and when he has questions about that system I often don’t know how to answer them (not till I get my new TiBook of course, heh heh).
For instance, he recently asked me, ” One technical problem that seems to escape us is that Mom in looking up houses on the internet managed to have one picture remain posted up in the left hand corner of the bar running across the top of the screen when we go onto the internet.
“I tried dragging it to the trash but it just popped out and she even returned to the site and tried to remove it with no success. Any suggestions?”
I couldn’t quite picture this… A picture of a house became an icon in the top-left of their menu bar? There’s no Apple menu now in OS X, right? So what icon goes in the top-left normally? I asked him, “a picture? how big? on the menu bar? only when you go on the internet? i’m trying to picture this.”
His reply: “I get it, “picture” it!!! Ha Ha!!! Serially tho folks, it is a reduced version of a full screen picture of a house. … Instead of going away when she quit the program, this one particular shot stayed and has located itself in the upper left hand corner of the top bar. That’s not the dock, rather a menu of choices.”
i’m not sure what it is.

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