Re: [midatlanticretro] Minitel
- It was a sort of monochrome version of Teletext. A lot of places would list a minitel number that you could dial into for information using a dedicated terminal. Most government services, the SNCF (rail system) and I guess some businesses as well.We had one while we lived in France but I could never get much out of it. We left it behind when we moved to the US in '98. By that time it had been eclipsed by the Interweb.-Dave
On Jul 2, 2012, at 10:52, "Jeffrey Brace" <ark72axow@...> wrote:
From: Evan Koblentz
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 9:01 AM
>So ... I emailed an online friend who's a collector of PDAs/laptops in
>France, and asked for his help in getting us a Minitel. That was a couple
>of days ago.
I know about the Minitel from my French class in high school. They showed
how the Minitel was a nationwide network and you could look up phone numbers
on the computer very quickly and easily (I can't recall what else they used
it for). I took this class in 1988 and the video was could have been 5 years
old, so they must have been around since that time. It is interesting how
they were ahead of us in an electronic phone book that was a standard
nationwide terminal in every home. It will be nice to see a real one.