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  • Kids react to technology!

  • This episode: Old Computers!

  • - Today you are reacting to this! - What is this?

  • What is that?

  • Uh, a computer?

  • Ooh, it's an old computer.

  • It looks cool! I like pressing buttons.

  • It's...huge.

  • It's very huge.

  • If you don't have a desk, where do you put this?

  • It looks very hipster.

  • Question time!

  • - So it's an old computer. - Yes.

  • From the late 1970s or early 80s.

  • What do you think of it just from looking at it?

  • Kinda like those old televisions that are like very boxy.

  • Go ahead! Turn it on.

  • Um...

  • Nothing's happening.

  • So you turn the monitor on, where else might an on switch be?

  • Uhhhh...

  • Oh! Wait...

  • Hello!

  • (tapping glass)

  • How do I do this?

  • - It's in the back. - Oh, pfff.

  • Oh! I see where it is.

  • (computer beeps and whirs)

  • Why does it have to make so much noise?

  • And there's nothing on the screen.

  • Doesn't look anything like what we have now.

  • Apps! Games! Websites! Everything.

  • But THIS thing right here has nothing!

  • Go ahead and try to do something on the computer.

  • Nothing's happening.

  • Um...

  • Uh...

  • How do I do this?

  • You can't do anything or even type until you hit a reset button that's on the computer that's...

  • Ugggggh!

  • Reset!

  • (computer beeps)

  • It's very tedious.

  • It's like pre-flight checks kind of.

  • That is too many steps!

  • How do you like do anything?

  • Maybe press SHIFT.

  • Okay, that didn't do anything.

  • Where's the mouse?

  • Where's the mouse?

  • Everything is just done with the keyboard.

  • What?!

  • - Okay, now... - Nah, no, no, no.

  • Okay, okay, okay!

  • I'm gonna write my name.

  • (giggling)

  • Wait, it doesn't matter then.

  • Are there any programs on it?

  • You had to type into the keyboard to get it to do anything.

  • So if I type in GAMES...

  • Hit return.

  • Error?!

  • Ah! Error.

  • This computer is an error.

  • How do you go on the internet?

  • You, um...um...

  • (computer beeps) What?

  • Pretty sure Timothy Berners Lee didn't create it yet.

  • There was no internet back then!

  • Whats?!

  • How do you like...you look up homework?

  • You gotta go to the library!

  • Who wants to do that?

  • So computers back then could only do limited things.

  • For example, you can do math, type documents, and code... but that's about it.

  • Are you serious?

  • That's mind-blowing.

  • Then it was the peak of technology.

  • Now it seems kinda worthless.

  • Well, it's kinda good because it was kinda the first technology, but...

  • the computers today are kind of better.

  • Let's do some math. Go ahead, type in a math problem.

  • Two... plus... two...

  • Return.

  • I don't see anything.

  • When you just type numbers out, the computer doesn't know what you want it do.

  • It just sees the numbers.

  • You need to give it a command to let it know, "Hey! I'm about to give you numbers!"

  • Answer the math problem!

  • That doesn't make any sense!

  • You have to give some sort of command and then type in what you want it to do?

  • This would be the hardest thing in the world!

  • So what you need to do is you have to type the word PRINT first.

  • Oh.

  • Math has nothing to do with PRINT!

  • I don't get how you have to put PRINT when nothing prints out.

  • Now just press print...

  • Oh...

  • Return.

  • Oh! It did it!

  • I feel so proud of myself.

  • Finally! Take a thousand years.

  • I don't get it.

  • And I also don't get the 1970s.

  • The person that was using this a long time ago must have a lot of codes right next to them.

  • I don't want to do this anymore!

  • So besides the computer, there is something else next to it.

  • These things.

  • Do you have any idea what those things are?

  • Oh, it's a paper printer?

  • Power source?

  • External disk drives?

  • They're actually used for this. Hey!

  • A CD!

  • It's a CD case.

  • A floppy disk.

  • Oh, floppy disk!

  • It was like a flash drive.

  • They actually call that a floppy disk.

  • Waaaah! (laughs)

  • Oh yeah, it is floppy.

  • That big computer has no hard drive on it.

  • That's horrible!

  • Then why is it so big?

  • So floppy disks were used to store data.

  • Floppy disks could also come with programs on them.

  • So the one you're holding has a version of DOS.

  • Dots?

  • - You know what DOS is? - No.

  • No.

  • No.

  • I think it can be somebody's last name.

  • Do you want to play a game on the computer?

  • Uh, yeah!

  • Yes!

  • Could you grab the floppy disk, please?

  • Go ahead, put it in.

  • How do I put this in?

  • Oh, it might...is the lid shut?

  • Alright, turn it around. No, other way. No, foot turn around.

  • It doesn't like suck it in?

  • Shut it. Uh.

  • This isn't working.

  • Do I just press something?

  • - PRINTS...? - Try it!

  • DISK... RETURN.

  • It said zero.

  • I don't like this computer. Really don't.

  • If the computer was already on and you put in the disk, you gotta turn the computer off and turn it back on.

  • Oh my gosh!

  • You guys are crazy.

  • (computer whirring) Yes!

  • It worked.

  • Okay, let me help you.

  • No, no, no! Don't touch it. Uhh...yes.

  • Uh, I don't like it.

  • It works at least!

  • No...I think the game broke.

  • Do I have to pay for it?

  • Too much pixelation.

  • Game over!

  • It's green, which makes it look ugly.

  • I like this better than Flappy Bird!

  • So every computer, even today, has something called a processor inside of it,

  • and depending on how good your processor is, is how powerful the machine is.

  • You would need at least 850 of those computers to equal the single power of this one small phone.

  • What?

  • How can they do that?

  • Technology is awesome!

  • Look at how humanity has used their intellect.

  • Pretty awesome!

  • Truth!

  • So, finally, would you want one of these today?

  • Sort of. It's pretty cool.

  • No. It can do really nothing.

  • I have better things, so why would I want this?

  • Three decades ago I would love to have this, but now this is just a foot stool.

  • No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

  • You wouldn't use it?

  • No!

  • The games are boring, the stuff is