At some expense, I used U.S. Priority Mail to send a pad device to Ken's employer. He worked for Tendercare home health care services, and they had
asked me to return his work computer to them, because it was their property. I sent them the pad that was in his compartment clip board.
It turned out that it was his own device! The item they provided for him was a Gateway laptop. The sticker on the Gateway says it was made for use with Windows 7. (I found it in a bag that says "guitar synthesizer" on it.) So, I will be returning their laptop, and getting back the pad.
I'm guessing the pad will prove to be an i-pad, since Ken was using an i-phone and an Apple desktop machine. Will I be able to use it? Or will it have some anti-theft protection that makes it useless and unsellable?
I have relatives with Android smart phones who tell me that they can use them as tiny touch computers if they are in a wifi environment and can log in, even if they do not have a telephone account. I would love to be able to do so.
Ken also had a laptop made for Windows XP. If I can find the charger, I will finally have my own laptop. I expect that a machine of such an age will prove to have a short battery life. I think I know people who use old machines, but who must keep them tethered to the power source.
I left my laptop at my parents last weekend, so digged up my 11 year old XP
laptop. It took ages to load Windows (as usual), but immediately connected to my wifi, and after updating Firefox, it worked fine, not that different
to my Windows 10.
Last time I used it was 2 years ago.
HDD and the battery are not originals, as I've upgraded it at some point.
Depending on when your brother last used his machine, it could be usable, but probably not be secure enough for banking and online purchases.
Wot Mary sed!