computers 

Laptops designed by 7-year-olds

I'm just old enough that I can remember my very first time on the Internet -- my first email, the introduction of instant messaging, etc. So, in spite of all my efforts to be tech-savvy, there's a part of my brain that equates emails to letters, and ...

Facebook doesn't help you make friends (not real ones, anyway)

Chances are high that your teen spends at least part of their day socializing online -- most-likely with popular networking sites like Facebook or MySpace (in fact, you probably have accounts of your own on one or both of these sites). However, even ...

Five myths about girls and science

These days, computers are as common as cockroaches. Even if you don't own one yourself, chances are you use one at work or school. I'm not just talking about the general purpose machine you use to surf the web, either. Cash registers, automated telle...

Teen hackers unlock whatever they want

As you're almost certainly aware, technology companies spend millions upon millions of dollars, trying to limit the ways in which people can use their products, or restrict consumers' access to certain kinds of content. For most of us, these are impe...

Today's kids "don't remember" how they learned to use the Internet

I'm only 24, but I can very clearly remember when my dad bought our first home computer. I can remember the first time I used a chat room or sent an email, and what the Internet looked like before Web 2.0. But today's kids have grown up with comput...

Teens turn to online summer school

Every spring the threat of summer school hung over every day like a dark, ominous cloud -- just waiting to ruin my vacation. I always got good grades, so it was never really a possibility, but the thought of coming back to class when I didn't have to...

Boy finds $88,000 in eBay package

The best and worst thing about eBay, is that you never really know what you're going to get. Sometimes the box shows up and it's a major disappointment, and every once in awhile it's a very, very nice surprise. Like when £44,000 (about $88,000...

MySpace, Facebook, and the real-world social divide they represent

So which is better -- Facebook, of MySpace? You'd think the answer would depend on straightforward criteria -- the usability, the layout, etc -- but a recent research paper suggests it may have more to do with your socio-economic background. dannah ...

Kids providing tech support for mom and dad

When my father finally got a computer in 2000, he was clueless as to how to use it. He would call me on a regular basis asking how to do simple things like save a document or download a photo. Unless you have done it, you have no idea how difficult i...

One Mom makes a difference

Call it a simple solution, but it is one that has made a profound difference. A mother has launched a one person crusade to make life better for wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Laura Brown, whose son recently returned from...

Kaboose for kids

I'm always on the hunt for free stuff. Most of the spyware and anti-virus applications on my computer have come from highly recommended freeware sites. And kids deserve some freebies too, so I was excited to come across this site today. My kid's sti...

The computer versus the family

I spend an awful lot of time on my computer. Every day, I write posts here, submit the daily best, and conduct a full-time job solely from my computer. I like it: the efficiency, the tracking, the way that I can get tangible things done from my livin...

Happy 100th birthday, Admiral Grace

It's hard, sometimes, to find positive role models for girls. They're faced with examples like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Even in the business world, they're far more likely to hear about Carly Fiorina (boo! hiss!) than they are about Meg Whitm...

Teens don't email

I consider myself pretty computer savvy. I blog, I flickr, I have a delicious page. I actually prefer email correspondance to the phone a lot of the time, because then I have a tangible record of communication and an easier way to follow up with it. ...

Vintage computing on display

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...

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