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15.8.08

Minitel - The French machine



















It might be hard to believe today but France was once riding the technology wave, with millions of users surfing a prehistoric black-and-white version of the Web with a device called the Minitel. The machine had a small keyboard and hooked up to a phone line. The French used to do everything from looking up phone numbers to searching for apartments and enjoying soft-porn conversations. If proof was ever needed that the French are deeply attached to their traditions, consider this: More than 20 years after the Minitel was invented and despite overwhelming evidence of the Web's superiority, the small brown box still holds a place of choice in more than 20 million French households. Here're some ads for Minitel "sites".

3 comments:

Le Renal said...
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Le Renal said...

German minitel screens:

http://drx.a-blast.org/~drx/projects/teletext/index.en.html

Anonymous said...

No 3615 ulla?