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Date: 01/28/09 03:00 PM

67 Responses to 1981 Predicts Electronic Newspapers

  1. Profile photo of tourettes
    tourettes Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    Link: 1981 Predicts Electronic Newspapers - Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online.
  2. Profile photo of SarahJ86
    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
    495 posts
    January 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    If I was watching this back then, i reckon I would have thought it was a completely pointless exercise. Now, I can`t have my coffee when I get in in the morning without checking out reuters online!
  3. Profile photo of Dr_Sexy
    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm
    the year of my birth, unfortunately they couldn`t have predicted my lack of drive leading to a life predominated by cheap booze and even cheaper women
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    dystopia04 Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    hah. kinda funny to see that people used to be amazed by this kind of technology. however the internet was invented in the 70`s, it just wasn`t mainstream until sometime later.
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    ballaerina Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm
    haha wow. $5 hourly charge.
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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    "the year of my birth, unfortunately they couldn`t have predicted my lack of drive leading to a life predominated by cheap booze and even cheaper women"

    lol! Although I shouldnt laugh ;)

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    narlycharlie Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    It`s kind of funny that they mention that the guy at the newspaper stand won`t have to worry about losing his job when today he probably would be threatened by people reading the news online.
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    greenday551 Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm
    http://www.wired-vintage.net/papers/telepapers/gf?234.htm Cool place where you can buy em`
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    Haha 2 hours to load that little bit of info.
    No comics! No deal.

    Thanks Al Gore!

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    Mantolwen Female 18-29
    387 posts
    January 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    Wow. It`s amazing to think that owning a home computer was once special.
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    fillemorte Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    Imagine if we could do that!
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    bittersweetm Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm
    my fave part is the old man being super excited about being able to PRINT the newspapers from the computer!!! man. only $5 bucks and 2 hours. and he can have the newspaper from the internet ON PAPER. zomgz.
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    ne028 Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    Electronic news? Hah...That`ll never catch on..
  14. Profile photo of bluethen
    bluethen Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm
    WOAH! When will this become mainstream?!??
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    JGESS Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    whats next???? ROBOT CHICKENS???
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    awesomo Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    Was i the only 1 that noticed the newspaper guy try 2 cheat that guy out of his change at the end? The guy gives him the money and he just looks away and acts like he doesn`t owe him change. Lollll
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    Paul1582 Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    "my fave part is the old man being super excited about being able to PRINT the newspapers from the computer!!! man. only $5 bucks and 2 hours. and he can have the newspaper from the internet ON PAPER. zomgz."
    Modern day equivalent would be logging on to a virtual world just to read a virtual newspaper in 2 minutes.
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    habbazoot
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    awesomo, noticed same thing.

    and btw, greatest. avatar. ever.

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    pick_me Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    whats next sites for bored people?
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm
    Teehee, look at the cute little swirly phones! :-P

    Deng, what next! CNN.com? Pfft!

  21. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm
    I only started working after the internet.

    I actually have no idea how my job would have been done without it. I do country risk profiling and business analysis.

    Seriously though, the amount of extra effort no net would mean... *shudder*.

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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    dystopia:
    Depends what you call the internet.
    1957 = DARPANET Started.
    1970 = DARPANET Completed.
    1983 = TCP/IP.
    1989 = WWW created. (Public use).

    Personally, I think when people ask "When was the internet invented", the 1989 date is what they are asking for, even though the more technical answer is either 1957 (when the theory was in place), or 1970 (when the machines were in place).

    So I`m actually barely older than the internet. All of you in the 13-17 bracket weren`t even born when the internet was invented... scary thought.

    I`m just waiting for my kids to ask questions like "What are CDs?" "You really had to carry your music instead of just putting it on your brain chip?! Wooooow!!!"

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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    al gore invented the internet
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    I have no idea how the internet works.

    Is it like a big netgear router or something?

  25. Profile photo of Waremonger
    Waremonger Male 40-49
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    January 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm
    Baalthazaq, you obviously weren`t old enough to be using a PC back in 1989 because the WWW was absolutely not invented in 1989. It was invented in 1993 and not in general use until 1994/1995. I first had access to the internet back in 1989 and the only way you could get access back then was to belong to a university or a company that had access, and not many did. Everything was done in a shell back then - Mosaic (the original web browser) wasn`t created and released to the public until 1993. I could go on, but you should look up your "facts" before posting...
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    MonoBrow Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    5$ per hour?!
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    Ruswut Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 7:30 pm
    Lol to think this idea was "far fetched" 28 years ago and now we have the same thing just infinitely better.
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    Davek1013 Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm
    $10 bucks to wait 2 hours for a newspaper hehe
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    kittyloaf Male 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    The reporters have no idea what they are talking about, lol. In reality, for some time scientists were working on computer networking and trying to make an internet.
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    RandomEgg Male 13-17
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    January 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    He said spiffy...:p
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    E86 Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm
    They really love tossing the word "computer" around...they think they`re so tech savvy, but they`re not. Whatever, I think I`ll go print some news articles right now, just because I can.
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    January 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    My dad has this super old encyclopedia set from the `60`s, and if you look under "computer" it says, "A person that computes."

    It is ASTONISHING how far we advance in such a short amount of time.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    January 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm
    Ah, the days of 300 baud modems, bulletin boards, and green screens.

    Now newspapers are failing and going out of business, Because they can`t compete with the internet.

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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 1:12 am
    My Dad has some encyclopedias from 1932, Opie. You look up "Hitler" and it says "A German statesman, instrumental in the recovery of Germany from the War, and likely to be one of its greatest architects of peace and prosperity in the decades to come"

    That`s nothing compared to "Hashish" though, it says "A euphoric drug which affects Eastern and Black societies; it has no effect on those of British blood, however."

    ROFL

  35. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2009 at 1:19 am
    > Waremonger
    > Baalthazaq the WWW was absolutely not invented in 1989

    Before you jump too hard on Baal, it depends what you define as "internet". Bulletin Boards were the rage from the early 80`s, and in 1985 Telstra (then Telecom Australia) introduced VIATEL. Viatel was more than a BBS, it was navigable and used block graphics to create visual pages very similar to today`s internet though obviously cruder. Unlike today`s internet, you PAID a certain cost per page, set by the creator of that page, for every page you visited.

    Since Australia has always been the ass-end of the information superhighway`s dirt road tributaries, its a fair bet that if that was available in Oz in 1985, a similar service was in the US a few years before.

    Read about it and see some examples here

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    Lord_Panda Male 18-29
    120 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 2:26 am
    "richard halloran
    owns home computer"

    hahahah it`s funny how that was a merit in itself to put under a persons name

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    Devi3000 Female 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 2:34 am
    Ballth knows EVERYTHING and is not afraid to tell us.
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    Dagaz20 Female 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 3:37 am
    I love the first few words: "Imagine if you will" HAHAHHA
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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 4:53 am
    "That`s nothing compared to "Hashish" though, it says "A euphoric drug which affects Eastern and Black societies; it has no effect on those of British blood, however."

    hahaha good old imperlialistic British arrogance!!!

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    bungled Male 30-39
    271 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 4:58 am
    I was there. I am old. Please let me sleep.
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    FxyRoxy777 Female 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 am
    "owns home computer" ooohhhh he`s like, royalty.
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    JumboCookie Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 7:27 am
    Psh! Never gonna happen!
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 7:39 am
    Hahaha Primitive Folk of 1981 had bitter lives of hardship.
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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
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    January 29, 2009 at 8:03 am
    wow I love their crummy old computers
    they suck so bad I want one =]

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    steve41high Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 8:06 am
    haha glamorous
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2009 at 8:42 am
    Wow....2 hours and $10 to get a $0.20 newspaper. Yeah I would`ve been the first one to sign up for that.

    It`s fun to look back and see what was high tech 30 years ago.

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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 9:53 am
    This is photoshopped.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 am
    > primetimekin
    > I have no idea how the internet works.
    > Is it like a big netgear router or something?

    Silly boy, its a series of tubez...

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    tomahawkjam Male 18-29
    199 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 am
    haha i love the poster thay had for it, just the front page inside the screen, then when users see just green text on black screen they`ll be like WTF give me my $10 back
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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2009 at 10:41 am
    I love the "informed opinions" here of everyone under 30... Personally, seeing the Radio Shack TRS-80 in the guy`s house brought back some memories. They were the first computers in my high school`s computer lab in 1981... we had two of them for a student body of over 2000... and there were only six or seven students in the school (myself included) that had any interest in them.

    At the risk of sounding like a crotchety old man anyone here under the age of 30 would be totally lost if you sat down in front of an old piece of hardware. You`re spoiled by the ease of GUI, and a 300 baud modem would have left you curled up in a corner whimpering.

    And to try to end the argument once and for all, the first true precursor to the internet ARPANET went live in 1969. I believe it was limited to communication between UCLA and Stanford.

    Anoyone who thinks it didn`t exist until the 1990`s needs to get a clue. Through my high school`s lab I had a VAX account at the University of Buffal

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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    back when the days of telnet would have made me rich and nasa secrets would be sitting on my top shef under alien conversations and jfk`s will
  52. Profile photo of JimboH
    JimboH Male 30-39
    603 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    "And we`re not in it to make money. We`re, uh, probably... not going to lose a lot, but we aren`t gonna make much either."

    MUWHAHAHA -- Little did they know that they were sowing the seeds for the newspaper`s ultimate demise.

    I actually don`t find it funny, really. It`s just so ironic to hear this guy talk about how the internet will affect newspapers` bottom lines.

    It was also interesting how the older gentleman who had a computer in his home said that he could, "copy" the stories onto paper, instead of saying, "print" them onto paper. I dunno... I guess widespread use of that jargon wasn`t in place at the time.

    Cool video.

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    PeproniPizza Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    OH GEE I CAN`T WAIT.
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    Kay62442 Female 13-17
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    January 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    Sitting at home, turning on my computer, and reading the NEWS ON IT OMGWTFLOLBBQ!!!
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    iambluebeard Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    omg!!! a rotary phone!!! havent seen one of those in a while.
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    nodar Male 18-29
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    January 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    "This is photoshopped."

    lol. literally

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    bolives Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    Computers. They`ll never catch on.
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    Codmily Female 18-29
    360 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    yeah right!! that`s impossible.
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    This whole "newspaper on your tv" thing... it`s a fad! Much like pockets and shoe laces... it`ll go outta style soon.
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    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    January 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    Osiris... Gee man that is swell! I bet you thought those zany contraptions were the bee`s knee`s eh?

    :)

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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    January 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    @splurbyburbl: Naw... but your mom was DEFINITELY the bee`s knees! I remember how she used to... oh, wait... that was your GRANDMOTHER.
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    router52000 Male 18-29
    613 posts
    January 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    WOW i want a computer
    just think one day we will be able to watch movies on a computer
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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    January 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm
    Pfft. Impossible.
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    ghostofme Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2009 at 12:47 am
    Holy poo! Richard Halloran actually owns his own computer? God, what a lucky SOB! I can`t wait until society reaches the point where everyone can have a computer in their home...
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 am
    "wow I love their crummy old computers
    they suck so bad I want one =]"
    Cue angry replies from retro computer enthusiasts.
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    manchild1987 Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    2 hours!? That would be so infuriatingly slow! That guy must have had a lot of patience for the news... I remember using computers like that a long long time ago, not that I`m old or anything.
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    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    January 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm
    WHAT, NEWSPAPER ON A COMPUTER!?! ABSURD!!

    WHAT NEXT, BEING ABLE TO PLAY GREAT HITS LIKE PONG OR EVEN PAC-MAN ON THE COMPUTER?!

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