"Trying to crack the password on this computer. Your aunt gave it to us."
"Won't you need a hammer then?"
And thus began my acquaintance with technology.
It wasn't until second grade forced the dreaded computer class upon me that I began to see computers as more than game machines. Even at that age, I knew that what I was learning was outdated, but the teachers gave candy for right answers, so I kept my revelation to myself. Instead, what really changed my view of computers was Accelerated Reader. I'm not sure if it's still used today, but starting in second grade, my teachers stressed (and perhaps relied on) Accelerated Reader to encourage kids to read. The program worked by cataloging books into certain grade levels so our teachers had an idea of what level we could read on and how proficient we were at comprehension. Every week or two, we'd choose a book to read and then take a quiz on it using the program. We received points based off of the number of and accuracy of each quiz, and if we earned enough, we got the pleasure of skipping a day of school to walk to the skating rink and fill our bellies with candy. Because I was already an avid reader, Accelerated Reader seemed like a godsend encouraging me to consume more and more books. (Eventually my teachers had to limit my reading because my other core skills - namely math - were suffering as a result of my near obsession.)