How future computers were imagined in 1981

From 1981:

“Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.”

“It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5 the new tele-paper won’t be much competition for the 20 cent street edition.”

Nice overview of the History of the Internet:

My, how things change:
In the next video John Allen (sp?) is talking about the anonymity of bulletin boards and says:

“It’s interesting the kind of restraint that you find. There’s not a lot of cursing and swearing, there’s not a lot of personal cuts, there’s not a lot of put-downs that one would expect to find. There’s not screenfulls of ‘go to hell’, which is surprising… It’s interesting because one would think that if people are anonymous they could do whatever they want.”


Imagining, in 1969, what the internet might bring us:

This one will test your French (but it has pictures if your French fails you):

No show is complete without a weather forecast (complete with magic markers):

This one may make you feel better next time silly Telecom throttles you to dial-up speed for daring to bust your measly data cap: