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My first foray into computing was using Prestel at the local library
Gosh, Prestel , that's a 'blast from the past'!
I was in Tech Support at GEC Computers at the time and the Prestel system was hosted on the GEC 4000 system.
I remember hacking together a Prestel system in the Manchester office to keep the Sales team informed of messages for them. That way they could just glance at a screen in the conference area to see if they needed to actually login to the main system to access messages.
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I remember it well, we were reselling CP/M based computers when it was launched. At that time CP/M had a huge software library available (WordStar, dBase, Visicalc, AutoCAD, Turbo Pascal etc) so we stuck with that platform for a while longer.
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Thanks Simon, I still pop in here on occasions but it's gone a bit quiet lately, at least for some of the topics I'm interested in.

Can't disagree with that, John.
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I think Prestel was more akin to CEEFAX than a computer but it used the telephone instead of a TV.  It used a database containing information about entertainment and sports but it was never the success BT hoped for.

Yes, Prestel was a text based system.  The attraction at the time (to me) was that CEEFAX just appeared on the page, whereas Prestel sort of 'typed itself out' like Mission Impossible!   ;D
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I don't think I ever used one.  My first foray into computing was using Prestel at the local library, but I've no idea what machine it was on.

Good to see you, John.  It's been a while!   :)

Thanks Simon, I still pop in here on occasions but it's gone a bit quiet lately, at least for some of the topics I'm interested in.
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I think Prestel was more akin to CEEFAX than a computer but it used the telephone instead of a TV.  It used a database containing information about entertainment and sports but it was never the success BT hoped for.
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I don't think I ever used one.  My first foray into computing was using Prestel at the local library, but I've no idea what machine it was on.

Good to see you, John.  It's been a while!   :)
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We had one in the lab at which I worked for BP but I don't recall ever seeing it used.  It was just stuck in a corner gathering dust.  We also had a very early Apple that suffered the same fate. 
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Does anyone remember these, first released on August 12 1981.

I used one at work (or at least one of its very early descendants), those were the days!
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IDNet Help / Re: Can't send or receieve emails
« Last post by davebesag on Aug 04, 2018, 20:04:49 »
I can suddenly send emails although I'm not sure all test emails I sent from other are arriving (Yahoo Mail is a possible issue). This is all very odd.
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