Speed Reads

You've come a long way, baby

Watch baffled grade schoolers confront an old Apple II computer


There's something in this video for just about everyone. People old enough to remember working on a mouse-less, hard drive–free Apple II computer in the early 1980s will appreciate the perplexed faces and adorable reactions to yesterday's cutting-edge hardware (and cringe at how the kids handle the floppy disks). Those of you too young to have computed in the dawn of the mass-produced desktop personal computer will probably learn a thing or two. (Meet the 5.25-inch floppy disk!) Everyone should appreciate how far we — and Apple — have come in the last 30 years. --Peter Weber