Skip to comments.Kids react to old computers
Posted on 05/26/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
You’ve got to be kidding me!
Kids are kind of obnoxious.
I’ve seen these same kids on other videos with the same kind of cutsey-coolkid reaction to old phones, walkman, etc. They’re obviously acting and are picked for their coolness/diversity factor. They sure have zilch for technical aptitude or intuitiveness.
My dad had an Imsai 8080 when I was a kid. A casette tape stored a program something like 1 or 2k in size. You entered each byte by manually setting 8 switches to the bits of each successive byte, and then hit a button for “enter.” This was in the early 70’s, IIRC. That was the cutting edge of technology at the time, and we were one of a very few to have a personal computer at all at that time.
ZX81 was my first hand me down from my pops. This was the first computer I had that wasn’t made from a plywood frame.
128k Tandy Color Computer 3
Now, I have a custom tower with a six-core processor and 10 GB of RAM. It's astonishing to think of how far we've come in a short period of time.
When I was those kids’ age (8/9), that Apple computer was state of the art (around 1982/83). We actually had to write programs back then if we wanted to do anything (I just played a floppy of “The Oregon Trail” repeatedly). Just to have access to such a computer was a privilege.
I had a Texas Instruments computer at home which used cassette tapes for disks (for storage). Shocking how primitive that all is now, and how spoiled those kids are today. We may be better technologically speaking today, but we certainly aren’t in other cultural and moral categories.
Bill Cosby told us to go get a TI-99/4A back in the early '80s, and out we went to get one.
Man, you had it made. I was still playing Hamurabi in BASIC on the TRS-80.
Reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon of a guy changing a flat tire on his station wagon, looking up at his kids and saying, “Don’t you understand? This is really happening! I can’t change the channel!”
Heh. I think I may have tried that one out at some point. Those early computers were unbelievably expensive. I remember we got the new Commodore Amiga in 1986 and it was over $2,000 (which was state of the art). $2k almost 30 years ago is several times that now (somewhere between $4,500 to $7,500).
Of course, my parents never did allow me to get a phone modem, because they thought I’d turn into Matthew Broderick. Gee whiz, I only wanted to play “Global Thermonuclear War” (or “Leisure Suit Larry”).
I know a guy that interviewed with some Silicon valley company “way back when”. He bought a computer and programed it off some magazine (maybe the same program?) before the interview. That was his entire computer experience going into the interview - but he could answer “yes” when they asked “Do you have programming experience?”. He got the job! He retired from Microsoft 8 years ago at the age of 48.
I played the Oregon Trail II in Computer class in grade school. I still remember that I always chose to play as a doctor, they had the 2nd most starting money and their settlers were less likely to get sick.
Parents in the ‘20s and 30’s probably thought their kids were spoiled for having electricity. Haha.
WOW. I graduated up to an old IBM XT clone after the Atari. I gutted it, and installed a x386 board, different power supply, 4 1MB, 20 pin SIMMS, and a 20 MB, 5.25” hard drive and controller card, serial card for the mouse, 16 bit color video card, and a 9600 baud USR external modem. Wedged it all in there with pieces of Styrofoam. Wires were hanging out of places where there shouldn’t have been, I’ll tell you that. Jammed a 3.5” floppy into where the old 5.25” was, got an IT friend at work to give me a set of DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 floppies, and with a couple of days of tinkering, I was the terror of every BBS in my area code. LOL
Sounds like you learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. I love tinkering too.
Also played was a later version of the original. I remember those graphics.
Yeah I had the same, but didn’t have the luxury of a recorder. You flip the binary toggle switches and press the enter button to load each byte as you recall. Do that over and over many dozens of times to load up some routine, and hope you didn’t screw up. I always locked the door when loading up a routine so I wouldn’t be distracted.
I would give the kids a slide rule and see if any of them can figure out what to do with it.
Do kids even know how to use a ruler,compass, and protractor these days?
Do kids even know how to use a ruler,compass, and protractor these days?
Not only would they not know how to use them they would have no idea what they were.
This is to balance the daily “Average Freeper Reacts to New Technology and Pleads for Technical Assistance” thread.
Reminds me of my old Commodore.
LOL. I loved BBS's. I remember some of the different ones: Spitfire, Citadel, Tribbs, Wildcat, JetBBS... there were so many, but these seemed to be the most commonly used software in my area. Those were some fun times. I had a few friends who were Sysops... my favorite being a place called the Blue Light Special.
It was cute but staged big time.
Same here! Never could afford the floppy disk drive. I seem to recall it costing almost as much as the computer and I think at the time the 1200XL was retaing for something around $600 to $700. And that was 1983 money.
Ha... I remember working at a place where had a state-of-the-art “286” to SHARE between four people...
Had my very own DEC VT180 at home. Wow... boat anchor now.
Back in our day, WE had to TRUDGE UPHILL BOTH WAYS in -500 KELVIN TEMPERATURES just to get a computer to DO ONE REGISTER LOAD.... and we LIKED IT THAT WAY.
An Imsai 8080 is worth a LOT of money to a collector today. I sent away for information on it, didn't buy it (mistake), but years later I sold just the paperwork for good money.
HEATHKITS!!! Wow, I LOVED Heathkit projects. I didn’t get any myself (because I was a girl :-P) but my brother was very generous in letting me help build the ones he got gifted. A lot of my interest in technology came out of those happy hours building and using Heathkits.
This was my first computer.
I eventually got a 64K module for it from data20 (that was the name of the company that made them. Lord knows what happened to that outfit.) It did have 80 columns, tho.
This was followed by the Commodore-64, which had a lot of utility for a long while. Even spreadsheets (HES-Calc), graphing (HES-Plot), and the usual gamut of word processing programs. It was a gaming machine at the time for sure, but I really didn’t play many games on it. Mainly Zaxxon and Geopolitique 1990 (my favorite).
After selling that machine, I graduated to the PC in it’s many incarnations, but the early years were full of fun and wonder.
I get the impression they were actors...more than an impression.
Now we need something for the "Average Freeper who's been here for X number of years and still doesn't know how to post a pic." :-P
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Some of the absolute worst computer advice I’ve ever seen was in this forum. Occasionally some of the best too.
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