in the 1980s, there was little to no use for most students of the textile arts classes to use computers for, so those accounts often went untouched.
grades were posted in hallways on printed lists, though, throughout semesters.
a textile arts major entering as a freshman could have a completely unused account that stayed valid yet unspoken for for four years or more.
fun fact: in the 1980s, there were computers connected to the internet-to-be that didn't even really bother doing user authentication.
they just kinda dropped you at a prompt when you connected.
if you happen across them, try to steer them towards outlets. they're around. libraries, maker spaces, ham radio clubs. you know the types. some of you are the types.
mentoring isn't just for the office. get an interested kid into systems programming via reversing the OS of some old mini at your hackpad. drop some old books on pascal on 'em and a pi. point 'em at the good stuff.
@djsundog idk I think the drive on kids to find interests that can get them a job when they reach adulthood is less awesome than giving them a tool box and encouraging to think of what they would like to do with it.
"See if you can make an accounts database!" is not why I got into computers. "Hey I wonder if I could make it do _____!" is why.
@djsundog I have a horrible time teaching my kids about dangers that would have destroyed my future if they had been present when I was a kid.
“you’re not allowed to do this, that can make you lose your account, no you cannot just screenshot a cool image and upload it to your classroom chat! I mean, yes, you can, but that can cost thousands of Euros. If we’re lucky.”
That’s what’s left from the generation of cultural Freedom → https://www.draketo.de/politik/generation-of-cultural-freedom
@djsundog In the mid-late '80s I ran two HP-UX hosts for the CS department at orst.edu that were dedicated to community access. It was part of my first job as a SA.
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