Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Video of TCF, very brief MARCH clip
- Herb Johnson wrote:
> I could not watch the entire clip, but essentially someone of highHerb,
> school/college age and his father saw the TCF as overpriced and full
> of junk. The youngster spent more time comparing old Macs (G3 G4
> vintage) than deciding whether an Apple II was a "c" or an "e". He had
> no clue as to what a pile of oscilloscopes were. I think the youngster
> was attracted to bright shiny objects and screens with things in
> motion - about the same level of attention as a bird. Dad said the
> show was too small and cost too much - and he was going to complain
> about it.
> Sometimes I post here, about the value of exhibits with
> interpretation, with explanations of what some computer did, how they
> did it. I have a Web site full of computer history, people in time who
> designed and built and innovated, decades ago.
> Then I see a video like this one, which reminds me that so much of the
> public is just like this kid. Totally, absolutely, clueless. Except,
> about what to buy and how to run it from the keyboard and mouse and to
> watch the screen. Maybe this kid can program something, hack a
> computer case - who knows, who cares? And Dad, he just wants a deal on
> something new, to find a Wal-Mart in a parking lot.
> Today, I throw up my hands.
Do you know what kids are taught about computers in school now-a-days? At
my children's school its Windows, Word, Excel, Powerpoint. There is no
history of computing. And this has been going on for years so this is
passing on into our colleges. Do college computer science majors let alone
other majors, learn anything other then microsoft these days? How many
kids have actually seen the inside of a PC let alone an older vintage
machine? In primary and secondary schools they don't show them anything
about real hardware, just a few bare minimum terms "mouse, keyboard, CPU,
etc". And even with that they teach incorrect terminology (How can I
explain that what they called the CPU is really just a case, and that the
CPU is a microprocessor mounted on a board with lots of other devices
without my kid ending up getting an F? My daughter actually ended up
getting her school's 8th grade computer award last year because she
actually knew more then the teacher. And she's a singer not a geek.)
The overwhelming majority of students appear to know nothing of what came
before the PC and even with that they seem to believe that nothing existed
beyond windows and that Gates invented the whole thing. Its all a magic
box. Have you ever spoken to a technical support person today? If they
can't follow a canned menu of clicks they are lost. What would be really
cool would be if someone organized some sort of presentation for schools to
teach the truth about the history of computers. Maybe a future MARCH project.
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- I believe that Heath Kit had already indroduced a home computer kit by
then. The games were also supposed to help drill one's children in such
topics as spelling and math, at least according to the advertising that
came with the Sinclair I got my daughter.
On Tue, 13 May 2008, Dan Roganti wrote:
> Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> Mike Loewen wrote:
> "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."
> Ken Olson, President, Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
> Weren't there already a significant number of people who had computers
> in their home by then?
> My father had one of Ken Olson's company's computer in our home by then.
> Peace... Sridhar
> I found some interesting webpages with Quotations from people in the
> Computer field (hardware, software,etc)
> There's some funny ones on there that would look good on a plaque.
> Quotes about Programmers
> Quotes from the Past
> Computers Quotes
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