Vintage computing on display

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Are your kids used to hearing you start off a response with "Why, in my day..."? Are you into computers? Do you want to show your kids what real computers were like, back when all you had were ones and zeros and you were happy to have them? Well then get on over to the ninth annual Vintage Computer Festival, taking place next weekend in Mountain View, California, at the Computer History Museum.

There will be plenty of hands-on exhibits for the kids to enjoy, and plenty to learn about. There will be working models of Charles Babbage's difference engines, constructed entirely out of Meccano sets (Erector sets for us yanks). There is a film festival featuring documentaries of computers and the computer industry. There will also be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Apple Computer, complete with Steve "Woz" Wozniak. While school-aged kids will get the most out of it, younger kids will enjoy it too; Jared has been going for several years.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.