Smart kid

TechLife Australia - - THE WALL -

I thought you might be in­ter­ested in this. My seven year old grand­son has been read­ing TechLife mag­a­zine for some time now. He bor­rowed them from the lo­cal li­brary.

Of­ten he will ask me if I have seen a cer­tain app or do I know such and such. He seems to have a good un­der­stand­ing of tech­nol­ogy and cer­tainly ap­pears to com­pre­hend what he is read­ing. He seems to be a lot smarter than me. It must be the new gen­er­a­tion who grow up with com­put­ers, iPads and iPhones. I have en­closed a photo of him read­ing TechLife Mag­a­zine. He now has a sub­scrip­tion to TechLife and is very ex­cited when it ar­rives in the mail.

The com­puter for per­sonal use wasn’t around for me un­til I was in my 40s and then it was a large, old, slow clunker. I reckon the first one I pos­sessed was a Com­modore 64 (if you can call that a real com­puter), then a sec­ond hand Com­paq 386. I con­sid­ered the 386 fast by Com­modore 64 stan­dards and it did much more. At that pe­riod of time I never dreamt of be­ing able to go on­line.

There have been huge ad­vances in the years since I first started us­ing a com­puter and I still find I am learn­ing. In fact, some­times I have to ask my grand­son some­thing about my iPhone or iPad. He knows more about both of them than I do.

WENDY WAL­LACE

David says: As some­one who des­per­ately wanted a C64 when they were grow­ing up, I most def­i­nitely class it as a com­puter, but I also un­der­stand what you mean about watch­ing chil­dren who have grown up sur­rounded by mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. I’m no slouch when it comes to nav­i­gat­ing an iPad or mod­ern phone, but there’s an un­canny ease that chil­dren show with such de­vices which is more than lit­tle im­pres­sive.

But then you see them try to work out a non-touch-screen de­vice and you re­alise that our skillsets are still pretty darn use­ful.

It is great to see how broad our read­er­ship is, though, so thanks for send­ing in that great pic!

THERE HAVE BEEN HUGE AD­VANCES IN THE YEARS SINCE I FIRST STARTED US­ING A COM­PUTER AND I STILL FIND I AM LEARN­ING. IN FACT, SOME­TIMES I HAVE TO ASK MY GRAND­SON SOME­THING ABOUT MY IPHONE OR IPAD. HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT BOTH OF THEM THAN I DO.

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