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31st March 2008, 07:29 AM #1
Kid becomes Network Admin at 11
Just found this article on slashdot. Some 11 year old in the US has been helping out the staff and recommending stuff for their network.
Good stuff for the kid but I think that it is a standard case of the media blowing stuff out of proportion. I was practically a network admin at my school at 11 and I'm sure that at least a few of the others on here were to.
31st March 2008, 07:50 AM #2
At that age I don't think i'd ever used a computer, the nearest i got was using a scientific calculator at school.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
I wasn't one of those kids who was opening up the TV's and doing other geeky stuff. So to me being able to do any kind of sysadmin at 11 is quite impressive, but i agree with you i'm sure there are a load of kids nowadays who have the interest who can do what this kid has done. Particularly if they have a parent who works in IT and has helped them get a headstart.
31st March 2008, 07:55 AM #3
I know I was helping out a lot at that age, for example producing leaflets for others to use with tips on how to do things in what was then 'Claris Works'. I was more of a network admin at about 14/15, with 30 machines which I maintained and a linux server I'd built.
It isn't all that schocking really, considering the bizarre way some schools fund ICT.
31st March 2008, 08:04 AM #4
shouldn't that kid be running round in the playground playing tig??
Some children want to be adults so bad it sickens me.
31st March 2008, 08:09 AM #5
31st March 2008, 08:22 AM #6
Playing tig ??? Nahh, much better for him to be doing the more mature stuff.
Originally Posted by Joanne
There's nothing to say he doesn't play tig or ride a bike when he's not helping out with the network. Some child prodigy's also have balanced lives.
children at 11 are at all sorts of varying development phases. Some are content to play with dolls or colouring in, others are helping to repair cars. What i don't like is this idea of what a child at 11 *should* or shouldn't be doing.
31st March 2008, 08:22 AM #7
Computers didn't exist in modern formats when I was 11! The calculator I had when I was 14 was the size of a brick!
31st March 2008, 08:36 AM #8
When I was 11 they released the ZX81
31st March 2008, 09:02 AM #9
All I'm saying is that a kid at the age of 11 should be learning other things as well as just computers... you know like life skills and how to deal with people, relationships all that stuff too instead of evaluating anti-virus software that will run on ancient computers!
31st March 2008, 09:53 AM #10
- Rep Power
I supported a network at the age of 11/12.
I built my first Windows AD domain, DNS, DHCP etc at the age of 15 I think...
31st March 2008, 10:11 AM #11
Couldn't agree with you more. Kids need to spend time being kids. Fine if that's his hobby and he has other activities that balance his life but my guess is he probably doesn't.
Originally Posted by Joanne
31st March 2008, 10:13 AM #12
Does it worry anyone else that this school has published a nice colour photo, the kid's name age and school address on the Internet??
31st March 2008, 10:16 AM #13
maybe its an early april fools...
31st March 2008, 10:35 AM #14
Originally Posted by jcollings
He might well have loads of experiance when he leaves school but my bet is he wont have many social skills...
I always was interested in computers but apart from taking my home one apart, I didnt do anything advanced until I was 16 and went to college, and I had barely touched networking, AD etc until I was 20 (since college was all theory)
31st March 2008, 10:39 AM #15
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