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Old 03-08-11, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Kids first computer

So my 5yr old wants a computer, and with how dependant kids are in school on computers today, I figured why not. I traded that 17in LCD that hurt my eyes to look at for an older HP.

Celeron 1.1 Tutalin 256
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Tossing in a PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Optical mouse, USB powered Speakers and a 14in CRT that does 10x7, how does this look for a kids first computer, just for basic things like math blasters, where in the world is carmen sandieago, and Oragon Trail 4th edition, as well as planning to install Office 2000 on it.

Good for a first PC?
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Old 03-08-11, 07:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like Ubuntu would do the job here.
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Old 03-08-11, 07:39 PM   #3
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isn't 5 a little young? the monitor is not hard on his/her eyes?
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Old 03-08-11, 07:51 PM   #4
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Ya, 5? WAY too early, IMO.
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Old 03-08-11, 07:58 PM   #5
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Agreed... I would only let them on for 30 mins tops to prevent eyestrain...
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Old 03-08-11, 08:36 PM   #6
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My 8 year old kicks my ass at CoD4 and even has a facebook account, setup with privacy settings by myself of course. He got lucky and he is the owner of my old computer...E6700 dual core, 4gb ram and GTX260 GPU.

I tend to limit his usage to an hour after homework...
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it will be in my room not hers, and at most 1 hour a day, and as for age no not really, kindergartners in this school district spend an hour a day in the computer lab playing education games learning how to use one.
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it will be in my room not hers, and at most 1 hour a day, and as for age no not really, kindergartners in this school district spend an hour a day in the computer lab playing education games learning how to use one.
really? kindergartners? wow. i think grade 2 was the first year my bro got to use one...maybe 3.
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isn't 5 a little young? the monitor is not hard on his/her eyes?
Looking at a monitor can't do any more damage than reading a book.
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Looking at a monitor can't do any more damage than reading a book.
ok. thats why some people's eyes hurt and/or are red and puffy looking after looking at monitor, where as books have close to zero effect.
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ok. thats why some people's eyes hurt and/or are red and puffy looking after looking at monitor, where as books have close to zero effect.
I get headaches if i try and read a book for more than an hour. I can look at a computer monitor for hours at a time and be fine.

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My son has been using a PC (not heavy use) since he was 4. He goes to the NickJr website and plays the flash games on there. We also have some CDROM games for kids.

He needs help when using it sometimes, but he does OK. He doesn't stay on long, after a while he's just done and asks me to turn it off.
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