i had my first exposure to computers at a relatively young age. i remember going to my mom’s work & seeing the room with the big tall machines & the spinning tape drives, hoffmann la roche was up on their technology in the late 60’s, early 70’s. i remember playing with eliza at the lawrence livermore labs on a field trip. the first PC i ever played with was a TRS80 model III with 2 5?” floppies & 64 whole K of memory.
i always had kind of an intuitive learning process with computer related stuff, but it pales in comparison with my son. he’s always been fascinated by the computer, & being four, he has no idea that these machines cause so much consternation in older generations that came upon them later in life.
today, he got a little mini CD-ROM game in a burger king kids meal. after he ate, he went into the kitchen & put the CD in the drive. i long ago turned off the auto-run feature on the cd drives because he learned to put CDs in long before he really understood what they did, i didn’t want him installing stuff when i wasn’t looking. to make life a little easier for me, i put a shortcut to the CD drive on the desktop.
the next thing i know i’m hearing the game start up. he’d found the CD icon, double clicked it, & ran the game from the windows explorer window that popped up. this is something that would have taken ten, maybe twenty minutes of not-so-patient phone tech support to explain to my parents. ok, i’m exaggerating just a little. but really, i did once spend a full half hour trying to get them to find one file i’d left on their computer & mail it to me. i never did succeed.
it’s frustrating when you know so much more about something than your parents do. i hope my son is patient with me when i’m needing his help…