Sheila C. Alder (now Brown) is the owner of
Computer Tamers and Woman to Woman Computing, businesses specializing in
computer training and consultation, Internet security, and web design services
for both men and women. I started the business as I saw the number of
women who called or came to the National Capital FreeNet with questions or
computer problems. They needed more help than we could provide in an office
setting, says Sheila of the place where she used to work before moving
out on her own. The Woman to Woman concept was created to provide
women with the security of knowing that another woman would be coming into
their homes to help them learn on their own computers.
Computer Tamers can handle all aspects of the world of computers. From the
basics of which computer to purchase and how to set up your system, to learning
to use any program, Sheila and her team of experts have the knowledge to handle
all of your needs and can cater to both novices and experts, individuals and
companies. You can learn to use the computer for word processing and
spreadsheets, internet connections, email, protect yourself from viruses and
internet attacks, as well as how to use programs to make presentations, or even
design and/or maintain your own website.
Have you recently purchased a digital camera and want to learn about
downloading, storing, producing and emailing the images? If so, then Sheila and
her team can take you through all the proper steps to help the computer become
Personalized training is provided to people of all ages tailored to their
needs and availability. Clients learn at their own pace until all their
computer needs are met, with non-judgemental instruction, at a location and
time of their choosing, with individual or group training.
Do you have an up-to-date anti-virus program, and do you update it
daily before you open your email? Do you have a firewall and spyware
detector? asks Sheila. If you dont then contact her or check on her
website for free self help information. Topics on the informative
www.woman2woman.ca website include Childrens Safety Online, How to
download & install software, many alternative software programs, Firewalls,
How to check messages for Hoaxes before you send them on to others, Music
Downloads, Internet safety, Using Search Engines effectively, Spam Reduction
and a Tip of the Month. Not only are the topics helpful, but free downloads are
also available for alternative programs and software updates.
Computer Tamers and Woman to Woman Computing
are genuinely interested in making your computer experiences safe and
Woman to Woman Computing believes in clean, uncluttered web sites and pages,
with easy to access information. In October, 2003, at the Annual American
College of Rheumatology/ARHP Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, her
Fibromyalgia Information & Local Support website was recognized as the
number two Fibromyalgia internet site in the world. Physicians from
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Centre in Chicago, IL did an in-depth
analysis of the top twenty websites chosen as The Best Fibromyalgia Websites
from over 900,000 listed on Yahoo and Google. The various websites were
critically assessed using specific evaluation criteria which included: accuracy
for medical content, up-to-date quality information, links to other resources,
alternative treatment options, user friendliness, and whether the websites
should be recommended to both patients and medical professionals.
Other examples of the websites she has created for clients include: Beta
Sigma Phi (Ottawa City Council and several online chapters), Joy Seminars /
Patticakes the Clown, Mason Richards Florist, Sureway Stairlifts Ltd., Tatiana
Vartanova, Icon Painter & Restorations and Van Whitehead, Financial
Planner. Its an impressive array of clients and variance in websites
showing this companys versatility.
Woman to Woman Computing designs, installs and maintains business,
organizational and even personal websites. They register your site with search
engines and ensure that your site is easily navigable, well linked, does not
contain orphaned pages, and that you can be reached with complete
contact information as well as providing registration for statistical feedback.
They can also teach you or your staff to maintain your own site.
Gift certificates are available for those who wish to give the gift of
learning and a seniors discount is available upon request. Statistics
indicate that seniors are the fastest growing segment of the Internet and
Sheila suggests that you Get Grandma online.
This article appeared in Flagstick
for Women Vol 1, 2004