To be clear, I would give my kid a high five not because I understand what they are doing, but because they are doing something that I exactly don't. I don't know anything about how to run a pirate BBS or how a modem and a computer function talk to each other. However, I admire the character that comes with pirate communications platforms, and the curiosity that might lead to coupling it together. I feel like some responses I've gotten to this post are like "aye, then the kid would be just like me, also a techie!" but I didn't go up with that background. I just hope for future generations, digital literacy is more accessible.

@pixouls I'd be seriously impressed. My kid is four year old and only has occassional access to an iPad. If he can run a pirate BBS with that, I'm ready to learn from the next generation!

tangent thought 

Was sitting in a train, toddler was
Walking through it with mom. Kid wanted to tap people, so we (all random people on the train) started to high five the kid.

@pixouls totally didn't run a pirate BBS back then, nope.

On the high school library computer in the back corner that the school didn't realize had a modem in it.

That had a direct connection to the university's Gopher network.

Nope, wasn't me.

@pixouls cassette with illegal copy of Spelunker on it.

Look, if your kid isn't doing piracy at some age, you'll probably will need to have a serious conversation with them. They might be harbouring thoughts about capitalism and it's good to openly talk about. So that they'll understand the consequences of their choices in that.

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