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Old 03-09-11, 08:52 AM   #13
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Old 03-09-11, 11:29 AM   #14
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Educating kids about the magical penguin while shielding them from the evilz of teh world....


I recall using computers in probably first grade which was already 20 years ago. Honestly I bet a lot of kids start learning about them even sooner. It wouldn't surprise me that by 3rd or 4th grade that kids would be typing up their papers on them, so getting a head start is always a good thing.
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Old 03-09-11, 11:46 AM   #15
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isn't 5 a little young? the monitor is not hard on his/her eyes?
I don't think so. I used to be on my dad's computer all the time when I was 5, trying to guess the answer to the questions so I could play Leisure Suit Larry.

I got in about 1/20 times. Not a bad success rate for guessing the answer to 3 questions in a row. Probability says I should have only gotten in 1/64 times.
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Old 03-09-11, 01:49 PM   #16
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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.
My nephew is 5 years old now and we allow him to get familiar with computer. We also let him surf NickJr but nothing else. Computer is the way of the future for the next generation.
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yep it is, she wont start off with the internet, but over time she will, I wnat to get her used to using a computer first
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spec wise though, do you see any problems for basic useage for a kid?
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Needs more ram for XP, but it will suffice. To make it not so slow it really can use 512MB - 1GB. IMO 1GB is the sweet spot for XP.
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Old 03-09-11, 04:26 PM   #20
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yep it is, she wont start off with the internet, but over time she will, I wnat to get her used to using a computer first
Yea I had a computer when I was 8 (1994) but didn't get internet access until I was 14. There's really no reason for kids to have internet access until they're in high school. Moderated middle school usage for school work. That's about it imo.
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Needs more ram for XP, but it will suffice. To make it not so slow it really can use 512MB - 1GB. IMO 1GB is the sweet spot for XP.
max support is 512mb PC100
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Yeah, ram seems a bit low.

We have a P4 2.0ghz, old ATI 9800 AGP thrown in there, 512MB of ram.

It's still sluggish sometimes on the heavy flash pages.
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Old 03-09-11, 05:47 PM   #23
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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've got a few sources to show you that looking at a computer monitor does no long term damage to your eyesight under any circumstances:

http://www.eyehelp.co.uk/VDUsAndYourEyesight.html
http://www.eyesandeyesight.com/2009/...your-eyesight/
http://www.pasadenaeye.com/faq/faq08/faq08_text.html

The worst that can happen to you is called Computer Vision Syndrome, where your eyes may get tired and strained, but again, no long term damage. The same thing can happen to you if you read books for a long time, though if you read a book under sunlight, or a well lit indoor lighting, you won't notice any ill effects as these sources of light are easier for your brain to process than the light from say a computer monitor.

An LCD monitor is even better since it is a solid state display (you aren't looking at a cathode ray re-drawing the screen 60 times per second.) Further, the darker the room, the easier it is to see the monitor, so the less eyestrain.
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max support is 512mb PC100
it might support more, but when the pc came out there weren't 512MB dimms yet. I can probably run 2 x 512MB DIMMS if you had them. Just finding a couple of 256MB modules to swap out the 128MB that are in it would help IMO. Either way it should work for a kid, but it might take a little longer to do things.
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