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1981 News Report About the Internet

"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..."



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That's not the internet. It's

That's not the internet. It's not even DARPANET or ARPANET or BITNET or USENET. It's not even FIDONET. That's something more like a BBS that was run by newspapers.

The internet will we know, even on a preweb basis was still in the making and something different.

"20 cent street addition" and

still profitable. Now it's $2 and they can hardly afford to keep stocking a physical copy. How is that for inflation? ~7% a year for 33 years. Yikes.

7% a Year for 30 Years

....would have been a fantastic rate for a home mortgage back then.

Whaddaya do when the mortgage is FINALLY paid off???

.....in this case they "burn" the newspapers....and it has filtered down into a digital "paperless" society; phone bill, cable bill, insurance payments are all online and paperless.

Who'd have known? Who'd have guessed?

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!


*News Flash* Richard Halloran owns home computer lol


I Recall those days, I was 18

And I think I can actually say that I explored the WHOLE internet, that is once upon a time. And greatly anticipated each new baud speed...When 28,000 and then 32,000 and then 56,000 came, we were in HEAVEN. lol

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Interesting read


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Rob - this is awesome

I recently watched the documentary 'For Liberty' again, about the 2008 Ron Paul campaign, and there is a guy in in explaining what "Meet Up" is. It gave me a similar feeling, but the hairstyles weren't as weird.

Two hours to download the whole paper! At $5 per hour! But you get the whole thing, except for pictures, ads and the comics. lol.

Thanks. That was great.

I found an interview with the guy...

I found an interview from 2009 with the guy who said, "We're not in it to make money. We're probably not going to lose a lot but we aren't going to make much either."

Pretty interesting how he out witted the NYT and WP!


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"It's not as far-fetched as you might think."

Enjoyed it.

Makes me want to play Oregon Trail.

LOVED Oregon Trail!

I don't remember the context, but it came up the other day in one of my conversations!

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Number Munchers

I've seen that screen before!


My favorate game! I remember

My favorate game! I remember playing it in school during our computer lab free time. I hated Number Munchers. Do you remember the one where you were a fish in the ocean and had to choose if you were going to eat the different food that would swim by or choose to swim away? And sometimes an otter would snatch you. Can't remember the name.

Can't say that I do remember...

that one. Was it fun?

I vaguely remember Number Munchers, but we were free to play whichever game. I stuck with the Trail. I remember writing foul language on the epitaphs and thinking that I was getting away with something.

Odell Lake

It was called.

I don't think my school had that one

Looks alright though. Did you enjoy it?

Remember the Tom Hanks movie Big? If I recall, it started out with him (or his child actor counterpart) playing some type of old DOS wizardry game.

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Loved "Big"!

My favorite line from it was said by the "big kid's" co-worker: "Listen, what are you trying to do? Get us all fired? You've gotta slow down. Pace yourself. Slowly! Slowly!"

Looking back, I see this as fighting back against the Federal Reserve: "Okay, so you're going to make us all slaves? Fine, you won't get what you're paying for."

Of course, I took the opposite lesson; I try to do more with less. For which I tend to be rewarded. And I sometimes receive the same admonition, but generally the person saying it doesn't say it for long, one way or another.

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It was the most pointless

It was the most pointless game ever. It was a second choice to OT. It was a fight to get OT because they didn't have enough to go around. Sometimes we were forced to play Number Munchers because they wanted us to learn something I guess.

Hunger Games

It's amazing how fast technology is moving. It'll be Hunger Games soon.

Hello, tech support? I need an adapter for my modem...


These kids aren't helping at all:


Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

I remember when one of my friends first got internet

We would click on a link and then go outside to play for awhile hoping the page was worth viewing once we got back.

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When I was in college,

my neighbor had an acoustic-coupling modem. Nobody else had a connection to the outside world, and we would gather in his dorm to play "on-line" games. (Edit: on a BBS, that is! Pre-Internet.)

We'd invariably get rowdy, and end the connection. The word for the activity became: "shhh!" :)

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I want me one of them sweet acoustical couplers!


twenty cent newspaper