From: Hans Franke <>
Date: Wed Jan 13 12:03:02 1999

> |Eight years old and learning PDP-8 assembler? What does she do on the
> |weekends, solve differential equations?!? :-)

> Actually, any reasonably intelligent 8 y/o who is interested,
> and who has learned to enjoy learning, is capable some level
> of assembler programming.

Mine (Saskia, the younger one) was about 10 when she did some
6502 Machinecode programming (switch a lamp on, make sound,
etc.) on a 6502 Kit (Maybe you have seen the Tupperware box
on VCF 2.0 :).

> It's amazing what society and the
> schools can do to destroy a young mind.

Depends - it needs always an environment to encourage a child.
For example she (Saskia) was about the age of 4 1/2, when
she 'discovered' the PET (chicklet) in our Livingroom (I had
it standing beside the TV set as a display :). We had to show
her how to turn it on, and things like, how the shift key
functions - for several month she used the screen for paintings
made up with just the graphics symbols. I belive this has been
supported by the fact that I used to sit in the same room with
my Apple ][+.


Ich denke, also bin ich, also gut
Received on Wed Jan 13 1999 - 12:03:02 GMT

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