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My parents got our first computer when I was about 9 and windows 95 was just released. I had no idea what I was doing and was just going through all the random "folders" looking for games. My cousin's computer had Oregon Trail, and this computer was way better so my "Oregon Trail" game must be amazing!
I must have done something wrong and the computer froze up saying "This program has been shut down due to an illegal operation." I FREAKED OUT and unplugged EVERYTHING from the computer... The power, the screen, the keyboard, mouse, and the printer before hiding under my bed for hours. I was convinced 'they' were coming to arrest me for breaking some law. I remember literally crying that I was going to be taken away in handcuffs.
I used to think that calculators worked because someone had preprogrammed all the answers into them ahead of time, and I pictured people in factories programming all the answers in, one calculator at a time. When they came out with calculators that could display more digits, that only made things more amazing because of how many more answers they had to program!
When I was a kid, I used to believe a nuclear plant was a clouds plant and could make magic clouds.
I believed that an Xray was this piece of fabric that you would go behind and would rip out your bones. After displaying them on a screen, they would sew the bones back into your body. When I had to go to the doctor so I could get an xray... you could tell that I freaked out.
When I was a child, I used to think that the liquid inside a can of spray, hairspray, insect spray, lubricant spray, looked like the spray that came out of the can, and that it sloshed around inside, all squishy, but still in the small particles of the stuff, or in other words, dense mist.
I used to believe that I could have been born as anything. I was glad I wasn't born as a table for example, because that would be boring. Sometimes I wished I had been born a computer, because it would be fun to play video games all day. but then I realised, a computer can't move from its spot either, and can only do whatever the person using it says. then I felt sorry for my computer, so I would go play more games on it so it wouldn't get lonely.
I used to believe that Internet banking printed money out of the printer in our home like an ATM.
Whenever I heard people talking about a computer "interface" I thought they were talking about smileys [ ;-) :-P etc.] because I thought "interface" was short for "internet face".
when i was a kid my mom told me the moon was white because is was afraid of the earth and until i was 7 i would look out my window and taunt the moon
i thought that when you die they retire your email adress (apparently it's not true)
I used to believe that if you were holding a phone up to your ear the person on the other line could hear all of your thoughts and it wasn't necessary to talk.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that changing our clocks actually made daylight savings happen, and that the sun would not change if everybody did not change their clocks.
Once, when my dad was showing me some old computer equipment, I picked up an Ethernet adapter and asked him what it was. "That's a network card," he said, so whenever I saw a circuit board, I always referred to it as a network card.
As a child, I thought that the sky sometimes got dirty and needed cleaning (Incidentally, that was before I'd ever heard of air pollution.). I thought it because I'd heard of skyscrapers, and I envisioned that a skyscraper was a very long-handled blade for scraping the sky clean.
In the 90s there was a rumor going around at the school I taught in that pressing F12 would cause the computer to explode. Everyone (even some of the other teachers) believed it, so I would scare the class by pressing F12.
I used to poke my fingers through and try to look inside of the In-Car tape deck at home all the time when I was about four or five years old. Thought there were little people singing inside of the machine and I really really wanted to meet them.
When I was little, I thought there were tiny cameras everywhere and they belonged to the government.
I used to believe fax machines instantly teleported a piece of paper to who ever you wanted.
I used to think that satellites were launched from satellite dishes.
I am pretty autistic, so there wasn't much that I had trouble understanding, but I still used to think that the little black squares on circuit boards had glass in them (which isn't too far from the truth), and that the circuit boards themselves were made from some kind of cardboard.