And now, it’s time for ‘Kiddie Korner’

When I was a kid it was all stuffed animals and special chairs. But the neighbor kid likes to play with Apple TV remotes, Magic Keyboards and mice.

When I was a kid it was all stuffed animals and special chairs. But the neighbor kid likes to play with Apple TV remotes, Magic Keyboards and mice.

The ‘hood is about to get a new resident. One of the neighbors is majorly preggers, as in due any second now, and since she and her husband already have one on the deck, Herself and I have become part of a small army of folks drafted into service as amateur anklebiter monitors in case the deal goes down in the wee small hours.

In loco parentis, as it were, with an emphasis on the “loco” part.

The one underfoot is a cute lil’ munchkin, freshly hatched when we first viewed the property that would become El Rancho Pendejo, and we’ve watched her go from wide-eyed newborn to astoundingly sentient being in two short years. She and mom pop round for regular visits, mostly so the kid can see Mister Boo and lay curious hands upon bits of technology that some careless person leaves lying around where pretty much anyone, no matter how short, can glom onto it.

In a couple months I expect she’ll be editing my columns, unless she gets distracted by her new little sister.

Elsewhere, my man Hal Walter is soliciting recommendations for a budget Windows laptop. His son, Harrison, is addicted to the game Minecraft, and I guess the PC world beats Apple at this sort of thing.

I know even less about Minecraft and Windows than I do about everything else, especially children and the care and feeding thereof, so if anyone out there has some suggestions for Hal, feel free to leave ’em in comments.


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12 Responses to “And now, it’s time for ‘Kiddie Korner’”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Sorry dunno s__t about whatever Minecrap is. The cheapo Dell things we buy these days are never in the “great for gaming” category as I guess those games eat up memory and all that other expensive hardware-related capability? Ours run Micro-crap Word and their other stuff + business management software, stream a video now and then and that’s about it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I guess this Minecraft game — which seems to be all the rage with kids on the autism spectrum — is Java-based, and really demands quite a bit from the hardware. Plus it gets new “mods” every 30 seconds or so, which means running on it on old machinery is contraindicated.

      I only ever played analog games, so I’m dumb as a stump about this stuff. It was Monopoly, Risk and Avalon Hill re-enactments of historic miitary battles for me.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Sounds a bit like the bike biz? “Let’s create a game that requires so much high-tech hardware it makes all the current stuff instantly obsolete! Genius!” or “Let’s force the pros to ride disc brakes whether they want to or not. This will make all the current bikes obsolete since none of the disky stuff can be retrofitted. Genius!”
        There are a lot of complaints about getting old, but I think not being a slave to the craving for the “newest-latest” of anything is an underrated benefit.

  2. debby511 Says:

    I bought a cheap Toshiba laptop on a Black Friday sale three years ago and it’s still working. But I’m not a gamer, so HMMV (his mileage may vary). The Toshiba has been working fine for business use. At the office though, like most offices, all they buy is Dell.

  3. Libby Says:

    Very cool. Best of luck to all!
    No recommendations, have not replaced the PC and laptop. Just iPhone and iPad these days.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Down to the bare iMinimum are you, Libby? I’m still old school, using a 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16 GB of memory, hooked up to a big-ass Dell monitor, for serious work.

      The iPhone I employ mostly as a phone, occasionally as a camera. I’m trying to make more use of it, but I need more screen real estate — an iPad Mini is about as small as I can go if I want to write, edit or do much of anything else.

      Audio-video editing is something of a pain in the keister in iOS, too. You should see some of the workarounds the guys at Six Colors use to make a podcast happen without a Mac.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Two years old, huh? You are good neighbors! We were much the same. It’s great when you can send them home. Are you going to teach her how to ride? That would be a great gift.

    We also are not gamers, and I haven’t messed with microshit since I retired over12 years ago. Wish I could give Hal a decent answer.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Start with a balance bike…..much easier to learn to pedal later than learn how to balance w/o training wheels later. Learned that from experience!! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, mom and dad are both cyclists, so she’s all set in terms of instruction. Dad frequently cycles to his job at UNM, or does a bike-bus combo (they’re a one-car family).

      The kid is a doll. I guess she has her terrible-two moments, but they seem few and far between. Worst we’ve gotten so far is bossiness, and for some reason I’m accustomed to that.

      We may dodge the baby-sitting bullet entirely. Mom was reporting contractions earlier, dad is in residence and ready for duty, and there’s a veritable army of pros waiting to spring into action. We were that 3-a.m.-phone-call fallback option.

  5. Toulouse Says:

    Alienware. It appears to be a Dell product, but it’s designed with gamers in mind. My nephew loves Minecraft, and plays it on an assortment of computers at his house and his grandmother’s, so it will work on a lot of laptops. But Alienware, which looks really cool, is targeted specifically for the gaming market.

    Now back to lurking.

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