Many people previously were afraid the poorest couldn’t buy computers and access Webs but the idea now is not completely correct. Charles Pitts, a 37-year-old San Franciscan, has accounts on Twitter, Facebook as well as MySpace, runs an Internet forum on Yahoo, reads news online and contacts friends via email though he only lives under a highway bridge for two years. Peter Brown, 47, has carried his Asus netbook everywhere since losing his apartment in July this year. Two men are typical representatives of those who still use high techs despite their homelessness. They also prove that the digital life is not just for rich people but everyone has equal rights to approach modern technologies.
Charles Pitts is using a laptop
Another mirror is Paul Weston, 29 years old. He considers his Macintosh PowerBook as a "lifeboat" since he was sacked in December and moved to a shelter. Weston sat in a Whole Foods store with free wireless access to search for work.
Using laptop is an effective way for the homeless to find a job (illustrating image)
Lisa Stringer, who runs a program that trains job and computer skills to homeless and low-income residents, said some people still buy laptops though they can't even read or write the word “save money”.
The homeless uses a laptop connected wifi (Illustrating image)
For Skip Schreiber, an amateur philosopher, spent his monthly disability check buying a laptop and shared that he liked the Internet’s concept because it is unlimited source of opinion and thought.
Michael Ross, who has been homeless for about 15 years, possesses an HP laptop with a 17-inch screen and 320 gigabytes of data storage as well as four extra hard drives that can hold another 1,000 gigabytes, the equivalent of 200 DVDs.
The old homeless uses a laptop (Illustrating image)
Daniel Goodreau, 50, owns a Gateway’s laptop though he is homeless and jobless. This computer helps him to do one research about online services, download films and chat with his mother living in Baltimore. He now makes friends with 100 people on Facebook and goes to the Santa Fe Public Library for free computer use in 60 minutes.
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