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Watch kids react to old computers

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:26pm
Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor

Jason LombergOn the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one.

And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. And I don’t mean their (over)abundance of material wealth and improved standard of living which enables even poor families to own a TV and, in many cases, a smartphone and video game systems(s).

Rather, kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age that has never been more accessible to the average schmoe (or child).

Show a child an “ancient” computer — from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s — and he won’t know how to turn it on or get it to do much of anything, but he’ll have no problem navigating his smartphone. And though “DOS” sounds like a foreign language, they may know what “pixilation” means.

And a floppy disk? Forgettaboutit. May as well be an alien artifact.

Back in the early days of personal computers, user interfaces weren’t quite so ... user-friendly. So the only place you’d find a “mouse” was a hole in the wall. And nearly everything launched from DOS, so forget Windows or much in the way of assistance.

Watch and enjoy the generational clash.

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