Buying a Computer & Going OnLineHere are some useful hints when purchasing a computer:
- Decide what you want to do with the computer (Its purpose)
- Ascertain what software you need on the computer to achieve your purpose
- Make a list of the attachments you have or would like to have - for example: for a digital camera you need editing software and cables.
- Shop around - there are suppliers specialising in reconditioned computers who will install and configure them in your home.
- If you buy a new computer make sure all the software you require is bundled and loaded. Buying software separately can cost double. Anti-Virus Software is a must but perfectly adequate protection is available for free.
- If you are in any doubt ask your mentor. They will be glad to point you in the right direction but will not recommend a specific dealer or product.
- If you are on a tight budget then we suggest you consider the following options. Note though that the information on this page is a guide only, and can rapidly become out of date. It is important therefore that you contact the organisations concerned, and ensure that you have current information on their prices and deals:-
Based in Melbourne Green PC to refurbishes PCs 'retired' by the government and the private sector each year. These computers are then offered at a reasonable price to people who might not otherwise be able to afford a computer.
Desktop package prices start around $220.00 with Windows 7 operating system plus Microsft Office 2007 installed. Check their website for up to date details.
There is a delivery fee intersate of $70 and whilst not very fast the included software package makes them attractive. Green PCs are taken apart, cleaned, upgraded, reassembled and thoroughly tested prior to resale. For further information on available packages, please visit the Green PC web site or phone 1300 306 645.
Are these deals available to everyone?
These deals are subject to conditions. Generally you must be in possession of a Seniors Health Care Card or on a Pension. Details are available on the respective web sites.
Connecting to The InternetOneSeniors offers low-cost phone and internet services for people who possess a Disability Service Pension, Aged Pension or DVA Entitlement Card. (Subject to conditions). Phone OneSeniors on 133 001 between 9am - 8pm - Monday to Friday and 11am - 3pm Saturday Victoria time.
We strongly suggest however that you get a high speed internet connection with at least two gigabytes of monthly download which is shaped (slowed) if you go over your quota. Check what is available in your area via www.broadbandchoice.com.au.