Kids React To Old Computers. And It’s Brilliant.

Kids React To Old Computers. And It’s Brilliant.

Computers didn’t use to be the little wonder-devices that we know them as today.

We tend to think of the evolution of computers in terms of size, form, and mobility, but merely having the internet course through them changed everything in a hurry. In the time it took Al Gore to clap his hands, computers went from complicated machines capable of calculations and code to, well complicated machines capable of calculations and code but with smarter interfaces and a focus on connectivity rather than said calculations.

They went from green and black syntax inputs and commands to Google and facebook and YouTube and all of the iconic apps and functions we associate them with today. And with that shift, an entire generation went from code-and-command fluent to consumption-focused.

It’s kind of sad that we think app first rather than function first, but the world changes. One day kids will laugh that we had to touch physical devices to use them–or even open our eyes to access extraordinary networks and databases of information.

Cute kid: “How do you look up homework?”

Interviewer: “You gotta go to the library.”

Cute kid: “Who wants to do that?


Kids React To Old Technology. And It’s Brilliant.


  • Bought a Mac SE20 with 4 MB RAM and 20 MB hard drive, 9 inch B&W screen, ImageWriter dot matrix printer in 1989 for $2,600 on Apple student loan.

  • My first real personal computer was a Tandy model 100 with 32K of memory, and eight line, display (seven lines if softkeys were turned on) and a blazing fast 300 baud modem. To add programs required a cassette tape player.

    I upgraded to a 4 MHz CRT-based portable computer – a TRS-80 that could be expanded to 64 kB of memory, with two 160 K floppy drives. It was only portable by virtue of having a handle on the top and weighing less than 50 pounds. This might fall into the nature of an “uphill in the snow both ways” story if it weren’t that I still have the the model 100 – and it still works.

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