1981 Predicts Electronic Newspapers

Submitted by: tourettes 8 years ago in Tech

Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online.
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Male 1,370
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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Male 5
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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Male 4,680
"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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Male 516
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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Male 2,788
Pfft. Impossible.
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Male 612
WOW i want a computer
just think one day we will be able to watch movies on a computer
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Male 3,058
@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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Male 2,796
Osiris... Gee man that is swell! I bet you thought those zany contraptions were the bee`s knee`s eh?

:)

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Male 2,796
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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Female 360
yeah right!! that`s impossible.
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Male 69
Computers. They`ll never catch on.
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Male 231
"This is photoshopped."

lol. literally

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Male 337
omg!!! a rotary phone!!! havent seen one of those in a while.
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Female 731
Sitting at home, turning on my computer, and reading the NEWS ON IT OMGWTFLOLBBQ!!!
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Male 686
OH GEE I CAN`T WAIT.
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Male 603
"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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Male 2,388
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
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Male 3,058
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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Male 199
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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Male 8,300
> 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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Male 1,540
This is photoshopped.
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Male 11,739
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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Male 1,153
haha glamorous
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Female 1,653
wow I love their crummy old computers
they suck so bad I want one =]

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Male 10,440
Hahaha Primitive Folk of 1981 had bitter lives of hardship.
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Male 1,244
Psh! Never gonna happen!
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Female 652
"owns home computer" ooohhhh he`s like, royalty.
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Male 271
I was there. I am old. Please let me sleep.
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Female 495
"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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Female 382
I love the first few words: "Imagine if you will" HAHAHHA
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Female 1,496
Ballth knows EVERYTHING and is not afraid to tell us.
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Male 120
"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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Male 8,300
> 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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Male 8,300
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

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Male 17,511
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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Female 15,763
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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Female 63
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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Male 307
He said spiffy...:p
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Male 213
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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Male 90
$10 bucks to wait 2 hours for a newspaper hehe
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Male 1,265
Lol to think this idea was "far fetched" 28 years ago and now we have the same thing just infinitely better.
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Male 541
5$ per hour?!
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Male 58
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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Male 7,933
I have no idea how the internet works.

Is it like a big netgear router or something?

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Male 2,855
al gore invented the internet
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Male 4,546
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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Male 4,546
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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Female 4,028
Teehee, look at the cute little swirly phones! :-P

Deng, what next! CNN.com? Pfft!

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Male 544
whats next sites for bored people?
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Male 670
"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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Male 245
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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Male 431
whats next???? ROBOT CHICKENS???
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Male 614
WOAH! When will this become mainstream?!??
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Male 889
Electronic news? Hah...That`ll never catch on..
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Female 55
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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Female 741
Imagine if we could do that!
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Female 387
Wow. It`s amazing to think that owning a home computer was once special.
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Male 3,648
Haha 2 hours to load that little bit of info.
No comics! No deal.

Thanks Al Gore!

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Male 86
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Male 130
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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Female 495
"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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Female 590
haha wow. $5 hourly charge.
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Female 1,082
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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Male 1,596
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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Female 495
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!
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Male 957
Link: 1981 Predicts Electronic Newspapers [Rate Link] - Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online.
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