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Bringing back the old days

August 2010

This item on the Beeb news website caught my attention. Exposing modern ICT students to early personal computing history is laudable, but it struck me that the the descriptions of the friendly versus the unforgiving were the wrong way around.

Yes, the old fashioned BASIC interpreters may seem primitive compared to modern GUI environments. But they were easy to learn, and in an afternoon any teenager could be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming and actually be making the machine do something of their choosing. Modern computers are so sophisticated and so complicated in comparison that not an inconsiderable amount of technical know-how is required to achieve anything interesting at all.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:12

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