Dad first started using a computer about 15 years ago. He found it much easier to keep track of his small business with Quicken; the gathering of year-end information for the tax accountant became a snap. Over the years he graduated to checking stock prices, buying airplane tickets, listening to music, and keeping a record of his daily walks.
Last year marked the beginning of his productivity cascade. He bought an iPhone and, like most people, initially used it for basic phone calling and web surfing. Six months later he got an iPad. He learned how to use the gmail calendar on his laptop and sync his appointments with the iPad and iPhone. His contact list shows up on all his devices, and he no longer has to thumb through index cards or pull out a map.
At the end of last year he installed a security system and is able to access multiple cameras on his iPad or laptop. He can even play back each camera's near-term history, a capability which proved useful on one or two occasions.
I'm very proud of how he continues to learn and grow. At the age of 86, he can still teach me a few things. Happy Father's Day, Dad, we'll see you soon.