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COMMUNET  August 1993, Week 3

COMMUNET August 1993, Week 3

Subject:

Re: folks telecommunicator

From:

"David H. Rothman" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

David H. Rothman

Date:

Mon, 16 Aug 1993 10:42:56 -0400

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Many thanks for your impressions of the Minitel terminal. Comments
follow.-David Rothman
 
 
On Mon, 16 Aug 1993, GF Sargent wrote:
 
> > I though I'd mention something about the French Minitel that David
> > Rothman, and some others, just recently posted about. The Minitel
> > terminal is not only just that, a terminal, but it's also a videotex
> > terminal, that is a terminal with 40 columns of characters and block
> > graphics, very much like text TV. It's terrible!
> >
 
Your impressions certainly agree with those of others I've encountered. At
any rate, as a high school student many eons ago, I would have been most
unhappy with such a machine compared to a PC or Mac.
 
Bargain-priced *computers* with CRTs and the use of discarded computers
are appropriate solutions for Freenets and the like, right now; but
surely we can do better in the future. Even used XTs would be superior to
Minitel-style *terminals*.
 
The ultimate answer, of course, for serious reading and writing, would be
sharp-screened tablet-style machines with detachable keyboards.
 
 
> I hold no brief for videotex, but it does fill a need (especially at the low
> end). Some can include 'video photos'.
 
I can appreciate the example above. At least we're talking about a smarter
phone rather than a dumber "computer."
 
 
 My interest is the 'Electronic Public
> Information Provision' seminar held here on 28.9.93
>
> --
 
I'd be delighted to e-mail you (or anyone else) the full TeleRead proposal
if you're interested.
 
> ******************************************************************************
> * Goff Sargent                                  Tel: + 44 509 223075         *
> * Dept of Information and Library Studies       Fax: + 44 509 223053         *
> * Loughborough University of Technology                                      *
> * Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU         E-mail [log in to unmask] *
> * UK                                                                         *
> ******************************************************************************
 
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