Reglue: Opening Up the World to Deserving Kids, One Linux Computer at a Time
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They say you never forget your first computer. For some of us, it was a Commodore 64 or an Apple IIe. For others, it was a Pentium 233 running Windows 95. Regardless of the hardware, the fond memories of wonder and excitement are universal. For me, I'll never forget the night my father brought home our first computer, a Tandy 1000. Nor will I forget the curious excitement I felt toward the mysterious beige box that took up a large portion of the guest bedroom. This happened at a time when simply having a computer at home gave a school-age child an advantage. I have no doubt my experiences from that time positively influenced my path in life.
In the decades that have passed since the beginning of the personal computer revolution, computers have gone from being a rare and expensive luxury to a mandatory educational tool. Today, a child without access to a computer (and the Internet) at home is at a disadvantage before he or she ever sets foot in a classroom. The unfortunate reality is that in an age where computer skills are no longer optional, far too many families don't possess the resources to have a computer at home.
Great topic I plan on giving back by starting a program to teach some of the younger generation atleast the basics of linux & repairing computers. I will also be teaching them how to maintain & secure their windows systems too. It won't be long before it comes into play.
I've done that for years. Slowing down now due to my age & health issues. Not everyone can afford to get tech support. But providing support to kids & seniors is a good community project . Personal rewards are that you are giving back to the community and is very satisfying to see someone gain in knowledge & understanding.
Never to young or old to learn.
As a parent, I was required to get high speed internet access (better than dialup) for my son's public school class because one teacher stopped buying textbooks for his class. The books were now online and dialup could no longer handle the data.