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Episode 14 Notes - Creeping Towards Viruses

Oct 9, 2019

Computer viruses in 2019 are a real threat, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, some of the earliest viruses were not even that real. A perfect example of this is The Scarred Man, a sci-fi short story written in 1969 by Gregory Benford. First published in Venture Science Fiction in 1970, The Scarred Man includes...

Oct 6, 2019

Computer viruses today pose a very real threat. However, it turns out that their origins are actually very non-threatening. Today, we are going to look at some of the first viruses. We will see how they developed from technical writing, to pulp sci-fi, to traveling code.

I talk about The Scarred Man by Gregory Benford...

Sep 29, 2019

Today I am joined by Julien Mailland and Kevon Driscoll, co-authors of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet and proprietors of the Minitel Research Lab( We talk about their book, how they first started working on Minitel terminals, and the ongoing work to preserve Minitel.

Episode 13 Notes - Minitel in 2019

Sep 25, 2019

In the 1980s in France there existed a service that was remarkably similar to the later world wide web. That service was called Minitel. It was first launched in 1980 and continued in use all the way until 2012. During that 32 year span Minitel served as both a network to connect the people of France, and a platform for...

Sep 22, 2019

Today we are dipping back into the deep and complex history of the proto-internet. We are going to be looking at Minitel, a France-Wide-Web that was built in the 1980s as a way to help the country stay relevant in the digital age.

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