Kids react to technology! This episode: Old Computers! – (Finebros) 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 a desk, where do you put this? It looks very hipster. Question time! – (Finebros) So it’s an computer–
– Yes. (Finebros) 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 very boxy. (Finebros) Go ahead! Turn it on. Um… Nothing’s happening. (Finebros) So you turn the monitor on,
where else might an on switch be? Uhhhh… Oh! Wait… Hello! (tapping glass) How do I do this? – (Finebros) 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! (Finebros) Go ahead and try to do
something on the computer. Nothing’s happening. Um… Uh… How do I do this? (Finebros) You can’t do anything
or even type until you hit – a reset button that’s on the computer–
– Ugggggh! Reset! (computer boops) It’s very tedious. It’s like pre-flight checks kind of. That is too many steps! (Finebros) How do you do anything? Maybe press SHIFT. Okay, that didn’t do anything. Where’s the mouse? Where’s the mouse? (Finebros) Everything is just
done with the keyboard. What?! – (Finebros) Okay, now–
– Nah, no, no, no. (Finebros) Okay, okay, okay! I’m gonna write my name. (giggling) Wait, it doesn’t matter. Blah blah blah. Are there any programs on it? (Finebros) 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. (Finebros) How do you go on the internet? You, um… Um… – (computer boops)
– What? Pretty sure Timothy Berners Lee
didn’t create it yet. (Finebros) There was no internet back then! What?! Then how do you look up homework? (Finebros) You gotta go to the library! Who wants to do that? (Finebros) 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. That was the peak of technology. Now it seems kinda worthless. Well, it’s kinda good because it
was kinda the first technology, but… computers today are kind of better. (Finebros) Let’s do some math.
Go ahead, type in a math problem. Two…plus…two… Return. I don’t see anything. (Finebros) 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! (Finebros) So what you need to do
is you have to type the world 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! (Finebros) So besides the computer,
there is something else next to it. These things. (Finebros) Do you have any idea
what those things are? Oh, it’s a paper printer? Power source? External disk drives? – (Finebros) 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. (Finebros) They actually call
that a floppy disk. Waaaah! (laughs) Oh yeah, it is floppy. (Finebros) That big computer
has no hard drive on it. That’s horrible! Then why is it so big? (Finebros) 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? – (Finebros) You know what DOS is?
– No. No. No. I think it it can be
somebody’s last name. (Finebros) Do you want to play
a game on the computer? Uh, yeah! Yes! Could you grab the floppy disk, please? (Finebros) Go ahead, put it in. How do I put this in? (Finebros) Oh, it might…is the lid shut? (Finebros) Alright, turn it around.
No, other way. Now turn it around. It doesn’t suck it in? (Finebros) Shut it. This isn’t working. Do I just press something? – PRINT…?
– (Finebros) Try it! Disk…RETURN. It said zero. I don’t like this computer. Really don’t. (Finebros) If the computer was
already on and you put in the disk, you gotta turn the computer
off and turn it back on. Ooh my gosh! You guys are crazy. – (computer whirring)
– Yes! It worked. (Finebros) Okay, let me help you. No, no, no! Don’t touch it. Uh, I don’t like it. It works at least! (Finebros) No…I think the game broke. I think it messed up. Do I have to pay for it? Too much pixellation. Game over! It’s green, which makes it look ugly. I like this better than Flappy Bird! (Finebros) 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! (Finebros) So, finally, would you
want one of these today? Sorta. 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! (Finebros) You wouldn’t use it? No! The games are boring,
the stuff is boring and the whole thing is boring. Thanks for watching this
technological episode of Kids React! Leave a comment of which technology
we should react to next. B-Y-E. – RETURN.
– (computer boops) Error?! What?!

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. 3:40 That makes so much sense! On a Smartphone you first have to open the calculator app to let it do Maths!

  2. Computers have been designed since the early 90's to incorporate ease of use. But it has created generations of individuals that can not handle basic maintenance and a basic understanding.

  3. My computer were Odyssey computer, Commodore 16, Commodore 128, Apple Mac Plus, Mac Classic, Mac SE, Mac SE30, other macs, Performa 575, Compak Presario F500, and Acer Aspire. By the way, the Odyssey could program in Assembly language.

  4. I used my first computer in 1984 and I remember this old computer and the floppy disk very well.  🙂
    ENTER comment.

  5. Did you do the "free" phone during the Carter-Reagan years? (the pre-"Obama phone")? I had a flip talk one once, then a Trac phone,now a Smart phone, but no Smart watch for me.

  6. "You'd have to go to the library" "who wants to do that?" Today's generation. Doesn't know the struggle

  7. Without IOS or Windows (or anything else!) we are all knackered!… 2+2 = ARGH!!!!!!! 🙂

    Bless them for their simple understanding!

  8. I would like to have one of these computers.. I would keep it for another 50 years maybe 100 and see how much is worth it; or try to make it work beter: at least windows95 on a 70's computer :))) 😀

  9. It's not so difficulty. Especially for somebody who do pragrams. Because in doing we use the same commands. Just for info I'm born in 21st century.

  10. I would love to have this, I wouldn't use it as a computer, instead I'd break into it and see the hardware that was used to make this thing. Computers fascinate me!!! (have built 2 computers from scratch, and took apart and rebuilt another)

  11. What operating system is this? And is it Unix based? I am talking about the not DOS part.

    Or is it just some kind of boot loader command prompt thing?

  12. As a 30 year old IT guy/programmer who started using DOS when I was 5, my job now feels incredibly safe.

  13. Old Apple computers. The games were blocky and I saw better games on game boy. I seen the floppy discs but these computers had mouses.

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