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Would Like Advice On What to Purchase for a 12yr Old's Birthday
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October 11, 2009
8:27 AM
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I’d like to get him a desktop (much more durable than a laptop, this is one active boy!!) and I’d like advice on what ya’ll think would be the minimum requirements to get him thru high school. He’s in 7th Grade right now.

I mean, if I have to upgrade some eventually, that’s fine, but I’d like to get him a strong system now (It’ll no doubt be better than my laptop,lol) and not worry about it again for a while. My step-son can build computers and said it’s cheaper to buy the components and put it together, that you can get much cooler, more exciting features and make it look more ‘tricked out, with lights and a nicer tower’ if he does it compared to the store. I’d also like to know what I should be expecting to pay. He thought $300-$400, does that sound about right for a desktop with all the bells and whistles? You’re helping an 11yr old with Asperger’s have an incredible Birthday-kids on the high end of the Autism Spectrum tend to do really, really well when they have a computer to use for school dedicated to that, though I know there are games he desperately wants to play.

Oh, plus, recommendations about free software he absolutely can’t be without, would be awesome too. Especially a monitoring program where I can see exactly what hes looking at from my laptop rather than having to go to his computer if possible? I know that one may not be free, but if there’s a really good one or two out there I’d love to know what they are.Thanks all! I really appreciate your time and consideration!!

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October 12, 2009
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Your step son's right about building your own computer. You'll get a much better and cheaper computer at the end of the day. There's no need to pay for any software, security info can be found here http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/3174. And any other software can be found here http://www.techsupportalert.com/. I'm not up to date with hardware specs.

October 12, 2009
6:37 AM
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Thanks! Which software other than security do you think would be best on his computer? are there programs that are must have? Games, utilities, he’ll be using this for homework as well as play. So I’d love a list of can’t live without stuff. Thanks again!

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October 12, 2009
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Greetings! I suggest you take a slow and leisurely stroll through Ashraf's website. There are numerous freeware programs reviewed and suggested that will keep you busy downloading for your son. They cover all manner of possible applications, so you will be certain to have a pretty comprehensive collection by the time you are through. And I'm sure your son will be more than happy! Good luck!

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October 12, 2009
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Encyclopedia,

dictionary,

theasaurus,

learning to type program,

Thats all I can think off.

October 13, 2009
11:39 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve been meandering around looking and it one thing that occurred to me, especially since he has Aspergers( he is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder list but at the top, he is quite high functioning he’ll learn the laptop) and is allowed to have the laptop in class to take notes since he writes VERY slowly, is one of those voice to text programs so that when someone speaks in class it’s auto recorded on the computer. I know of pay software, anyone know any very effective freeware> It has to be very simple or he won’t use it, sigh.
Thanks again, I appreciate the assistance!

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October 14, 2009
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Hi again. I have a close relative who has Aspergers, so I know the problems you are dealing with. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything quite like that which you are looking for, however I will keep my eyes open and do some searching online to see what I can come up with (it may take a couple of weeks though as I am just wrapping up the semester and have a bit to get through until then on top of my day-to-day work). I'll post if I find something – after all, there is sure to be something around. It'll just be a matter of some focused hunting. 

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October 16, 2009
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Well one thing to check out would be Google's 3D Modeller, Sketchup.

They actually made a project devoted to helping autism , Project Spectrum.  It was a pretty interesting read when it was over.

They even made an About page for spectrum.

Oh, the site that was :(
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