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Kids can't use computers (don't think they can!)
#1
Excellent blog to read in your spare time... Blowing up the myth that kids and teens are all computer experts baffling their parents with PC fixing skills.

Kids can't use computers And This Is Why It Should Worry You
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#2
Great article! Once you get past the cutsy first half, he get serious and makes perfect sense. Thanks Fred. S5
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#3
My kid decided to remove the 'skin' on his notebook the morning of the day he needed his computer for school (they are now required for all work at his school). I heard a flutter of activity upstairs including howls, shouts and screams. Then the inevitable DAD!!?? "There is a funny picture on my display and I can't make it go away ... a bunch of lines and stiuff" ... Totally shattered the LCD when torquing the display to get the 'skin' off. Had to overnight an LCD assembly to get him up and running the day after. Those damn little 'ultra-portable' machines are thin and light for a reason ... but there's a nasty compromise.
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
-- Henry Mencken
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(09-11-2013, 09:09 PM)mr_yak Wrote: My kid decided to remove the 'skin' on his notebook the morning of the day he needed his computer for school (they are now required for all work at his school). I heard a flutter of activity upstairs including howls, shouts and screams. Then the inevitable DAD!!?? "There is a funny picture on my display and I can't make it go away ... a bunch of lines and stiuff" ... Totally shattered the LCD when torquing the display to get the 'skin' off. Had to overnight an LCD assembly to get him up and running the day after. Those damn little 'ultra-portable' machines are thin and light for a reason ... but there's a nasty compromise.

Have you held him accountable for that little bit of brilliance? S13
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#5
In process ...
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
-- Henry Mencken
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#6
When you know yourself about computers (it's of course peremptory) it's easy to teach others what you know.

I learned, out of the blue, the basic of HTML and Web desing and technical stuffs about owning a website.

Then one day my whife asked me if I could make a website for her job. (Or I offered her to do it, I don't remember...)

I told her "I can... and I can do even more: I can teach you how to modify and update this website"

It took me less than one hour to show her how to open an HTML file in Notepad++, press the "3½ Floppy Disc" icon to save it localy and then copy it to the website server with WinSCP.

Now she updates her website herself, and she is not calling me everytime there is a typo or a text is too large.

Now I'm glad she is not losing her time with Joomla or similar...
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#7
Hehehe..., WAY too much fun stuff in that article, thanks for sharing! S22

Reading this made me think of the conversation that I had with my soon-to-be 21-yo daughter during the family Easter Day dinner (she is currently studying Computer Game Development at Uni) regarding the World Wide Web. We were discussing her school work, and whatever it was we were talking about at the time prompted me to mention the "fun fact" that the World Wide Web as we know it has only been around since the early nineties really, and that hubby (her stepfather) was involved in some pretty serious discussions regarding the ROLLOUT of it way back when (I think it might have been Java programming we were discussing..., hubby was at Sun Microsystem's release party for Java way back when, I know I mentioned that, Little Richard performed and whatever). She then looked at me with those big blue eyes and said:

"...but that can't be..., didn't the World Wide Web start with the military using it in America like back in the sixties or something?"

I shook my head, smiled and watched her go "blank" as I told her about something called the INTERNET (d'oh! S6 ) and ARPANET, and then my brother chimed in and mentioned a few really old operating systems, and his wife remembered an old web browser they had used when SHE was able to "go online" for the first time at school in the mid nineties, and pretty soon all of us "old farts" were discussing all kinds of computer related stuff (like the fact that Google didn't exist until 1998) that she SO did not know about.

In her defense, I wouldn't have known an awful lot about these things either if hubby hadn't started working with computers "back when the dinosaurs still roamed the Earth"..., and she DOES know quite a bit about computer game development and programming and so on and so forth, so she's not COMPLETELY clueless.

It's still kinda fun to be able to blow her mind every once in a while! S13
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#8
The advantage of us, 40 or 50 y.o. +, is that we know that something exists beside facebook and google and skype because we have lived without it before.
We also know more how a computer works and it didn't change much in 20 years, realy.
I the screen reads that it's ok it doesn't mean it forcibly ok. S5
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#9
There was a time when upgrading a computer or harddrive often required a solder iron and most manufacturers did not have their drivers & config software on systems that were connected to the Internet. Things started getting better when Windows came into being.
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