Technology in your homes

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Technology in your homes
Fri, 12-08-2006 - 5:02pm

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Fri, 12-08-2006 - 6:24pm

We have one computer that we all share (can be a pain)

there is 1 playstation that is really dh's but ds uses it

he'll be getting a game cube for Christmas

he has a gameboy

he's getting a mp3 for Christmas

We didnt have any of this when I was growing up. When I was young the Nintendo came out and we got one but that was it and I remember I had a pocket rocker with those little tapes that went in it! I loved that thing. I wish we had mp3's back then


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Fri, 12-08-2006 - 7:03pm

We have 5 computers in our house. DH is in the IT industry and so he's always upgrading his personal computer and passing his hand-me-downs to mine. So, DH has his laptop and a desk computer, I have a computer, and DD21 bought her own laptop. Then DH had a very old laptop that he upgraded as much as he could and gave it to Gillian. It's strictly for some of her games and internet games.

As for electronics, we have none. No Playstations, game boys, etc. No MP3 or iPod, except DD21 has her own iPod. We have a 10 year old television, an old VHS player and a 5 year old DVD player, and 30 year old stereo receiver.

That's pretty much it.


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Sat, 12-09-2006 - 5:43pm
We have 2 PC's, 2 IPods, 2 TV's (one about 20 years old, and one that is 2 years old), 1 VHS dvd combo (5 years old), 1 DVD player (2 years old), 1 playstation.
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Sun, 12-10-2006 - 1:06pm

Okay, I remember when I was a kid getting a MICROWAVE! How cool was that? I remember trying out cooking all these different things in it to see what would happen. We tried out eggs - not good, cookies - very rubbery, vegetables - delish!, chicken - okay. My mom used to really cook in it. Now our microwave just gets used for convenience foods and defrosting and warming up leftovers.

Today... Okay, we currently have two computers. My husband has one upstairs and I have a laptop. But! There are two big Dell boxes in my living room, which I know to be my Christmas present! My daughter told me that what is inside starts with a 'kuh-kuh' sound, so I have guessed that it is a kitty cat! I mean... there are holes in the sides! So my daughter thinks that they have really pulled one over on me. Once I get my 'kitty cat' set up, then I am going to give my laptop to the kids and Yes! I will no longer have to wipe fingerprints off my monitor! Woo hoo!

As for other technology, we have two tellys - one is about 12 years old and the other one about five years old. We have the usual DVD/Video combo thing. My son has a Gameboy (about three years old) and we have an X-Box.

That and our cell phones (just DH and me) are pretty much it.


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Sun, 12-10-2006 - 1:36pm
Oh Man! I remember getting a microwave, too....and a VCR..he he he.
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Mon, 12-11-2006 - 5:27pm

What a fun question! I so recall getting a microwave when we were kids, thought it was soooo cool. I also recall our phone had a cord, we had to have the reeeaaall long cord so we could go in the other room so no one could hear our conversations, cause we only had one phone. Plus get this, we had party lines, no private lines back then. No such thing as VCR's when we were kids, we had one TV that worked with the antanea outside, we got four channels. No cable until I was in high school and that you couldn't get in the country where we lived. No computers. I do recall having a little cassette recorder that you could record anything with. Also a stereo that had a cassette player in it along with the record player, would play 45's or the albums. I do recall in

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Tue, 12-12-2006 - 1:22pm

We have a few computers in the house (only 4 or 5 of them :) )

I grew up with pong and atari... and I was writting computer programs in the 7th grade. I am very comfortable with computers. My kids can't believe that everyone did not always have a computer or the internet :)

I share a computer with the kids in the family room. My 6 year old and 4 year old both have their own accounts on my computer. They both can log off someone else and log back in as themselves. It is pretty cool. I also say if they have trouble understanding how to use a website then it is too old for them and they just need to pick a simpler one.

I make desktop icons to go to their favorite sites and they can pretty much use the internet sites that I have "pre set" with their icons.

My son goes to and plays lego games. They also go to PBS Kids and play the games there, and playhouse disney. These sites all have advertising, in the form of product placement for their own products, but not for other things. I already know that when I am at a disney site that disney will be marketed and I'm OK with that.

I just got them a Jumpstart Advanced computer game... it was $20 from Target and has tons of stuff for both of them. The game comes 4 different games to play. To earn points to use to play other games you need to perform educational tasks, like spelling, math or, phonics.

I got a 2nd grade readiness level, because I did not know if my son would be bored with it or not. What was cool is in the same game there are kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade levels. So both the kids can play. I am loving it. So are they.

We have dvds and other movies but we do not have any handheld games or video games you play on the TV.


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Wed, 12-13-2006 - 3:49pm

We have one TV in the livingroom, then one small one in our room that is rarely used unless someone is sick and gets to lay in my bed and watch TV.
Growing up we had one TV in the livingroom and then later we had one TV downstairs and one in my parents room that none of us were allowed in.

We only have one computer- my laptop that I use for work and the kids aren't allowed to use.
Growing up we had a very very slow family pc in the diningroom that we got when I was in high school. We were allowed to make word documents on it and there was some game we could play, but it was way slow and hard to follow- so we didn't play it!

We have one XBox that the kids are allowed to play for one hour on weekends only.
Growing up I had nothing (had to go to the neighbors to play Nintendo Mario), then my brothers got a Sega when I was in highschool.

We have one VSmile System that the kids can play any day of the week, but only for 30 minutes a day unless they are all 3 playing together (this is rare).
Growing up we had a CDI, which most people have never heard of- it played games like Zelda and Sesame Street ABC on disks in a large player with a roller control.

As of Christmas, the kids will also have a VFlash (from my parents) as the VSmile is great, but the games are more suited for Kindergarden age kids and the two oldest are too big for them.

This shows my age, I guess- I had lots of this stuff growing up... I am a young mom, I admit it! :)

mom of 4, waiting for #5 in May 2007

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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 9:17am

I have a comp. in my room and DH has his comp. in his office and then he has his laptop that he takes to school.


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Mon, 12-18-2006 - 1:25am

We have 1 TV, 1 regular DVD, 1 portable DVD, 1 VCR, 1 stereo, and 2 computers. We don't like playstations/xbox/gameboys but the kids have one of those video dance games that plugs into the TV and DS has a leapster he never uses. DD (9) has a small boom box and we might get her a MP3 player for Christmas. DH, DD and myself have cell phones but DS (6) doesn't need one yet.

Growing up my family had 1 TV, VCR and record player lol. We were pretty cutting edge and had a personal computer in 1980 as well as an atari. DH had 1 TV and a word processor.

Edited 12/18/2006 1:38 am ET by turtletime1