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VIDEO: Kids React to Old Apple Computer!


A new video that shows kids reacting to old technology is stirring up memories of clunky monitors and large floppy disks.

The Apple II, which was released in 1977, was the pioneer of desktop computers. The 8-bit Apple computer featured a green and black screen and a floppy disk drive for 3.5-by-5-inch media.

Relative to today's technology, describing the Apple II as simply obsolete or primitive does not do the situation justice. When the computers first hit the marketplace, Apple sold them for about $1,300. Adjusted for inflation, that translates to $5,000 in today's world, and that amount of money would buy you a device with about 32 gigabytes of RAM, or over 67 million times what the Apple II first offered.


So Benny and Rafi Fine gathered a group of 11 kids ages 6 through 13 and filmed another episode of their popular "Kids React" YouTube series. It was evident before the monitor was even turned on that the children would have a hard time with the computer.

Part of the reason, as you might remember, is because there is a power switch on the front of the monitor and then another on the back of the computer.

"Why does it have to make so much noise?" and "There's nothing on the screen" are two of the remarks as soon as the Apple II is finally turned on. But the struggle for these kids to understand how people used these machines in the '70s and '80s is just beginning.

Another big culture shock for the children: There was no Internet back when these computers were released. If you needed to look something up, you trekked all the way to the library.

Other luxuries that are now considered the norm, including color screens and app stores, were simply fantasy back in the day.

"Look at how humanity has used their intellect," said Dylan, 12. "Pretty awesome!"

Surely tech-addicted consumers concur. The Fine Brothers published their latest "Kids React" installment Sunday. It already has more than 4.5 million views.




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