Welcome to Minitel, well rather we should be saying goodbye. Did you know that internet existed in France before the world wide web was unleashed on the world from DARPA….?
The France Telecom service “Minitel” was launched in Brittany in 1978 and used by millions during its heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s – mainly for banking, travel reservations and watching porn – (funny how things never change).
Just recently France’s Telecom service pulled the plug on this pre-cursor internet service, and remarkably, it still had many users. Apparently there were approx 10 million monthly connections in 2009!!!
For the full story go go http://www.news.com.au/technology/au-revoir-minitel-france-kills-vintage-internet/story-e6frfro0-1226412231993#ixzz1zHiMBY1g