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Tectonic: Easing Kids Into Free Software

Aug 09, 2006, 10:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walter Kruse)

"By current standards I was already old when I had my own computer for the first time. It was 1997 and I had already been out of school for six years. Now, as an IT professional, I often wonder where I would have been had I been given an early introduction to computers.

"That is perhaps why I may be overcompensating with my child. You know what I mean: The guy who wishes he played provincial rugby so drives his rugby-playing son hard from a young age. My daughter is just over two years old, and she can launch an application from a desktop icon, click a button, scroll a list of images to find a specific one, and follow a pattern on screen with the mouse cursor..."

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