Thursday, September 27th, 2007 at 6:23 pm by EbonyMom
Reviewing Kids Love Spanish led me to wonder if other types of language could easily be acquired from early exposure. Computers and programming have been a part of life for so long that I always assume that any and everyone can easily work their way around html and basic compiling of programs.
I still remember my first real exposure to computers. I was 4 or 5 years old and my Dad was working on a degree in engineering. He’d sometimes bring my brother and I to class with him when his schedule and my mom’s didn’t coincide (she was working on a law degree). Early on Saturday mornings he’d take us to the college campus and we’d go to the computer lab. Current college students would consider a computer lab to be full of many computers, printers, seats, and other peripheral devices. This was long before the era of the pc- the computer lab consisted of 1 huge mainframe computer, no chairs or desks, just lots of paper and hardware. At any time you would see multitudes of people rushing around gathering stacks of punch cards and checking out the little holes. I hadn’t a clue of what was going on with all of the paper stacking but figured it must be fun for so many people to be into such a thing.
Within a few years our elementary school regularly gave us time to work on the early apple computers (everyone wanted to be first to get to play computer hangman) and my Dad always had at least 1 if not more pcs in the home. By 4th or 5th grade I had my first introductory course to programming in BASIC and garnered regular experience in a wonderful engineering program that had me figuring out college level algorithms at the age of 12.
Is there any wonder now why computers are so second nature to me that I don’t even think about it? I do have to admit I tend to be fairly stubborn once I find a technology I really like. I’m a bit of a loyalist when it comes to many things so upgrading and changing anything on my laptop takes EDad practically pulling my teeth to convince me that perhaps I don’t need to be running programs that I’ve been using since Windows3.1.
Thanks to a major malfunction of my laptop (which thankfully EDad was able to rescue all of the data from) I am now a proud new user of Windows Vista. I was a bit miffed when he first installed it for me- I’m so used to XP that a change is just not something I have any interest in. But once I saw how much faster programs loaded, the fact that I can run Photoshop and other programs at the same time without dragging, and that even my laptop’s battery power has been greatly extended I’m a Vista girl for life! Well at least until he convinces me to upgrade to whatever the newest program is several years after the fact, as long as there are no punchcards involved.