How to teach an old legend new tricks


  • Dale Lomax
  • Electrician Perth SOR
  • ‚ÄčACAI Electrical

Here is a 75 year old man that needed to be able to use his new fan dangled contraption. Frank Stewart a retired primary school headmaster & crusader for aboriginal education complete with oxygen bottle was my student for the day. The job was given to me by the great guys at Harvey Norman. No I don’t mean that sarcastically.

The TV was a Sony Bravia 55″ X7000D Series Ultra HD LED LCD Smart TV. This is a beautiful TV & took up most of his wall in his bedroom. Frank was simply overwhelmed by the technology as well as the size of his new gadget.

The first thing I did was talk to Ryan the expert salesman at Harvey Norman about how to set it up & what were the things I needed to know. The instructions were simple.

  • After plugging in & turning on just follow the prompts.
  • Set up the internet by selecting your Wi Fi & in this case the TELSTRA accounts password was the WPA on the Telstra card he was given when he set up the NBN.
  • Select your time zone just under the Atlantis setting.
  • Skip change the time as the internet does that for you
  • Then change TV settings to smooth etc.

Ok so then it came time to teach Frank how to use this TV. The best way was to have patience. He also did all the work with the control as he navigated through the screens. If you are in a hurry it will stress him/her out & make the task more tedious. Also whenever you are teaching someone something, always be encouraging. I was just thanking god he didn’t have Alzheimer’s.

In no time Frank was up & running like a pro. Not literally running but you know what I mean. Well his cursor fingers were dancing around on the remote control anyway. Going backwards & forwards. He even worked out how to find the TV Guide. It was the big button with TV Guide written on it. You engineers at SONY have definitely made things user friendly.

He knew how to find the ABC all by himself. It was like instinct or something. Also the big Net-flicks button was a dead giveaway on how to find that. After instructing him that we don’t record anymore cos all the movies are in the cloud forever. Then I explained that nobody knows what the cloud is it’s just like magic. He seemed to be happy with that. He was very proud of himself at the end of the day. He even put a review on my website. “I’m very impressed…he taught a 75 year old man how to use a computer” I will post it later. It was a good feeling all round. It’s also nice to know that there is still a little magic left in the world.

Happy April Fools everybody. No this really happened I just said that cos House of cards is on the telly & after all April fools is a politicians holiday. The Irony is astounding.