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16 MARCH 2016

British television series 'Database': How to send an 'E mail' in 1984



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Simon Perkins
15 NOVEMBER 2003

Minitel: the French forerunner to the Internet

"There now are 7 million 'Minitels' in France. They provide access to one in every five French households –– and to any French post office patron and to workers in most French offices –– to over 26,000 on–line services, ranging from computer dating and home banking and shopping to government services and library catalogs. The original 'Minitel' was a little plastic TTY terminal with a slide–out keyboard, connected to a normal telephone line using a special 'V23 bis' standard. These little 'boxes', as they still are called, were distributed for free with normal telephone service by the government–owned France Telecom, beginning in 1982. Since then other hardware models have developed, now including sophisticated desktop computer versions and even a laptop. Free, and freely–copiable, Minitel terminal emulation software also has been distributed globally by France Telecom for years now, so that to the established plant of 7 million 'Minitels' actually have been added several million additional access points. Commercial providers also have added to the total with enhanced emulation programs."

(Jack Kessler)

Jack Kessler (1995). "Is There Digital Life Outside of the "US ASCII" Internet? A Challenge or Convergence?" D–Lib Magazine, December 1995



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