What is this “Internet” of which you speak?

Posted on January 15, 2014 9:00 am

From 1981, a news report about getting news online (via instructorSLitz).

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I had forgotten how prevalent Radio Shack/Tandy computers were back then. I saw a Color Computer (original) and a Model I.

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13 Responses to “What is this “Internet” of which you speak?”

  1. rodney dill says:

    I had a Color Computer

  2. Harvey says:

    Hi… my name is Harvey, and I’m also a Color Computer user…

  3. Harvey says:

    Oh, and your $10 TelePaper will NEVER compete with the 20 cent street edition.


  4. Jimmy says:

    I had a homebuilt Z80 running WordStar from two 5-1/4″ floppy drives printing to a NEC letter quality printer. 300 baud modem. It was the age of BBS (“bulletin board services” for you young whippersnappers).

  5. Harvey says:

    “Through the snow barefoot, uphill, both ways” bacon to Jimmy!

  6. Jimmy says:

    @5: Yeah, well, I sold my piano to fund it and my playing went downhill. I suppose it was a good decision, however.

  7. Basil says:

    My first (you always remember your first) was a CoCo 2. (Color Computer 2 for you kidz.) Had the 4-slot expansion modules to simultaneously connect floppy drives, RS-232 serial port for the dot matrix printer, and modem (300 baud).

    Later, added an MC-10 (waste of money) to assist with the TV setup, which ran a continuous channel lineup, to ease the transition from cable channels to Galaxy 3 (or whatever satellite) channels.

    Later, a Model 4. Then, a Tandy 1000 (A). We’ll stop at the late ’80s.

  8. CCO says:

    I didn’t join the “computer revolution” until I took out a loan to buy my Mac X/L. I probably should have gotten an SE.

  9. Iowa Jim says:

    I didn’t own a computer until I bought a Gateway in 1993 (maybe with an 80486 chip running at 25 MHz). Here, though, is a link to the first computer that I programmed (the literature actually describe it as a calculator, but it complied with von Neumann’s definition of a computer), back in the autumn of 1968.


    By the spring of 1969, I was able to gain access to a General Electric computer at a local junior college and write BASIC!

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  11. Bob in Feenicks says:

    Imagine, it would be at least another 20 years until we got IMAO online. Back then, you would have to break into the Fleming house and look what was on the fridge to see Frank’s drawings. (The quality is about the same though)

  12. 1200intell says:

    Must be around the same time Al Gore conceived the Internet…..because Computer Geniuses would have never thought of using technology that way…..they only know how to invent things…so Al thought he would invent something too….he calls it Global Warming….made Millions off it!

  13. D-Rock says:

    They said it was the whole paper minus the pictures, ads, and comics. Where do I sign up? I might miss the comics, but it will be worth it to find an ad-free internet site!

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