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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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Episode 12 Notes - Selling the Altair

Sep 11, 2019

The rise of the MITS Altair 8800, and it's connection to Microsoft, has one key event: the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics. This article was the first real press for the computer, which created a huge buzz around it's release. It was also how Bill Gates and Paul Allen were first introduced to the Altair, an...

Sep 8, 2019

Today we are going to be traveling back to the late 1970s to take a look at the early days of the home computer. And specifically how Microsoft found a foothold at just the right time and place. And for Bill Gates and Paul Allen that would come in the form of BASIC.

Along the way we will cover the Altair 8800,...