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I still remember the librarian talking to my third-grade class. She told us that we were the first to learn to use computers in the library, which were replacing the card catalog (which I also had to learn to use in first grade). I was born in the early ’80s, my generation remembers a world without the internet and streaming services. We had land lines and our teachers told us that we had to learn how to do math because we wouldn’t be able to carry around a calculator in our pockets.

We were there for every advance in computers. I remember commercials bemoaning how our computers were obsolete as soon as we bought them, which wasn’t far from the truth in the late ‘90s. When we all started using the Internet there were scores of news stories about predators talking to children online, stories about people being addicted to chat rooms, and every other negative thing the media could think of that the Internet brought into our lives. We were instructed to never give out our real names or location to strangers online. So it is no wonder that my generation is pretty good about being safe when we’re online.

Jason Ogaard is a software engineer who formerly lived in Hutchinson. He welcomes your technology questions, and he’ll answer them in this place. Please send your questions to [email protected].

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