Teachers with 20+ experience, what's the difference between the kids then vs the kids now?

I'm old and I fear that the "new" generation will kick my butt because they are used to computers, but maybe the usability is getting too good to get them to learn about computers.

They're actually quite a bit worse at the fundamentals. I talk to my old comp sci buddies and one of my profs (since I'm back at school) and they agree that tech knowledge peaked for people born in the 80s and early 90s. If you grew up then, you had to worry about memory limitations (and not just storage), you were fairly familiar with the capabilities of processors, you saw the rapid rise of 3D video cards and knew what it meant, and there was a lot of mucking about in DOS so you were prepared for Unix/Linux command lines.

All of that's gone.

My prof said that after my cohort, there was a brief window in time when a decent proportion of CS students were familiar with Unix and Linux out of the box. That's almost totally disappeared in recent years. There are a few, and they know it very well, but the days of having a class where 10-15% of students had Linux installed are gone.

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