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Comment: Re:Modem connection tones (Score 1) 790

by Dins (#48793773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Ahh yes. Wish I had mod points for you. I ran a BBS too for a while back in high school - on a Commodore 64 using CNET. Had a couple of 1541 floppy drives and an SFD 1001 (1 MB, baby!).

Used to love hearing those sounds, then I'd run over to see who logged on and what they were doing, maybe chat with them, etc. *sigh* Those were the days...

Comment: Re: In summary... (Score 1) 222

by Dins (#48571337) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order
I wish I still had all my old C64 stuff (along with game guides like that). Back when I was probably 30 or so (year 2000) my wife asked if she could sell all of it in a garage sale, and I agreed. Wasn't really her fault because I agreed, but oh man I wish I wouldn't have. My 26 year old step-daughter and 16 year old son are pissed at her for it, though.

Comment: Re:In summary... (Score 2) 222

by Dins (#48571051) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Anybody else remember the old Infocom hint books they published with invisible ink and markers to reveal the hints? They had questions for most major puzzles, and three levels of hints IIRC. You started with the vaguest hint and progressed until the last hint just told you how to do it, or close to it.

Great. Now I'm having a major Infocom nostalgia flashback. Thanks /.

Comment: Re:This sounds like a good idea (Score 2) 52

by Dins (#48521987) Attached to: Google Confirms That It's Designing Kid-Friendly Versions of Its Services

At 8 years old they shouldn't be using the internet at all. You are a failure as a parent.

Totally disagree. I think children should be taught about the internet and internet safety (i.e. dos and don'ts, never give out information, don't talk to strangers, etc.) from as early as they seem ready. But with a LOT of parental guidance. I would never set an 8 year old free with, "Have fun, and don't google goatse!" But I would teach them and closely supervise them, both with software (like netnanny or something) and by just being involved.

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