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1981 Predicts Electronic Newspapers

Hits: 11530 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Technology | Added by: tourettes
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xtreme_dude
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1376 Posts
Friday, January 30, 2009 7:58:42 PM
WHAT, NEWSPAPER ON A COMPUTER!?! ABSURD!!

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


manchild1987
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5 Posts
Friday, January 30, 2009 12:18:31 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.

gorgack2000
Male, 13-17, Europe
 4702 Posts
Friday, January 30, 2009 6:32:37 AM
"wow I love their crummy old computers
they suck so bad I want one =]"
Cue angry replies from retro computer enthusiasts.

ghostofme
Male, 18-29, Western US
 519 Posts
Friday, January 30, 2009 12:47:27 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...

deathxtra
Male, 13-17, Western US
 2810 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:49:29 PM
Pfft. Impossible.

router52000
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 617 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:47:58 PM
WOW i want a computer
just think one day we will be able to watch movies on a computer

osirisascend
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2941 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:59:42 PM
@splurbyburbl: Naw... but your mom was DEFINITELY the bee's knees! I remember how she used to... oh, wait... that was your GRANDMOTHER.

splurbyburbl
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2810 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:25:58 PM
Osiris... Gee man that is swell! I bet you thought those zany contraptions were the bee's knee's eh?

:)


splurbyburbl
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2810 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:21:53 PM
This whole "newspaper on your tv" thing... it's a fad! Much like pockets and shoe laces... it'll go outta style soon.

Codmily
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 355 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:18:37 PM
yeah right!! that's impossible.

bolives
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 69 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:01:39 PM
Computers. They'll never catch on.

nodar
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 231 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:35:57 PM
"This is photoshopped."

lol. literally


iambluebeard
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 339 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:21:05 PM
omg!!! a rotary phone!!! havent seen one of those in a while.

Kay62442
Female, 13-17, Western US
 870 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:06:12 PM
Sitting at home, turning on my computer, and reading the NEWS ON IT OMGWTFLOLBBQ!!!

PeproniPizza
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 724 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:05:14 PM
OH GEE I CAN'T WAIT.

JimboH
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 601 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 1:08:34 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.


s0rd3dvis1on
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2409 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 12:40:14 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

osirisascend
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2941 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:41:00 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


tomahawkjam
Male, 18-29, Europe
 200 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:36:23 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

Lionhart2
Male, 40-49, Australia
 8285 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:34:48 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...


Thetas
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1552 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:53:37 AM
This is photoshopped.

freddyferret
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 11590 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:42:12 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.


steve41high
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1130 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:06:41 AM
haha glamorous

Boredx12
Female, 13-17, Europe
 1661 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:03:12 AM
wow I love their crummy old computers
they suck so bad I want one =]


LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:39:28 AM
Hahaha Primitive Folk of 1981 had bitter lives of hardship.

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