Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web

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  1. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    France is switching off its groundbreaking Minitel service which brought online banking, travel reservations, and porn to millions of users in the 1980s. But then came the worldwide web. Minitel has been slowly dying and the plug will be pulled on Saturday.

    BBC News Magazine

    Au revoir Minitel. Vous ne regrette rien.
     
  2. sukarof

    sukarof Registered Member

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    Here in Sweden we had a minitel clone (Teleguide) in the 80´s , but it never lifted off the ground. Swedes were not ready for it back then. I did use the terminal for 15 years though. Although i only used its phonebook capabilities. Had no clue that it still existed... :eek:
     
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    Actually, some Minitels could be hacked and I used one to log onto a BBS using my Amiga 1200... There was DIN socket behind the Minitel and after a bit of soldering, I made a cable between my Amiga RS232 port and the Minitel. Et voilà... Old memories...
     
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