Video clip from 1981 about online newspapers


Circa 1981 I was in the 5th grade and had a special class once or twice a week along with a handful of the other top math students in my school where we were taught to program in BASIC on Apple II computers. I was unaware f the wonderfulness that was even then beginning to emerge "online" - at CompuServe, which is the service featured in this video clip - and later at AOL (and elsewhere).

Looking back at it now it strikes me as remarkable how much changed so quickly over the ensuing years.

Does anyone have any 80s computing nostalgia to share? [YouTube - thanks, Tim!]

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I remember the day that my dad brought home our first Commodore Vic 20. I think it was less than a week before we got a Compuserve account. My dad still has the Vic 20 and the old modem, he even has an old phone with the commodore logo on the dial. I can't even remember how slow the baute rate was, although I know it was far less than even a Kb.
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I remember the day that my dad brought home our first Commador Vic 20. I think it was less than a week before we got a compuserve account. My dad still has the Vic 20 and the old modem, he even has an old phone with the commador logo on the dial. I can't even remember how slow the baut rate was, although I know it was far less than even a Kb.
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I had a commodore 64. Loved getting the computer mags and typing up the games printed in them so I could play them. Typos in the mag actually helped me to learn more about programming.

The prices she mentions at the end are outrageous. No wonder my mom couldn't afford it.
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Whew, I'm feeling a bit older now.

I remember clock-chipping some of the very computers shown in that little video, the TRaSh-80s. That's overclocking, done the hard way - with a soldering iron. Then there was the assembly language I learned to put together a somewhat respectable sounding mono-phonic synthesizer out of a CoCo II. It was painful, but wouldn't have been possible with basic I dont' think.

All that before I was 10. Goodness how the time flies.
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