Farewell, Ceefax: TV teletext service dies; nonsense pages immortalized in "Look Around You"

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11 Responses to “Farewell, Ceefax: TV teletext service dies; nonsense pages immortalized in "Look Around You"”

  1. I say with no hyperbole, that as a child in the early 80′s, going to visit my grandmother (and her Ceefax/Teletext-capable TV) was a rare treat; going hand-in-hand with access to 8bit Acorn computers, I envisioned a time in the future when computers would have access to something like Ceefax’s (seemingly global) network of information and news.  (Yes yes, the internet really hadn’t broken into the 8-year old british kid market yet in 1982).. 

    Still, end of an era here. I’m sure there are no end of Englishmen out there for whom Ceefax/Teletext was our first introduction to digital delivery and set our dreams of the future in motion.

  2. Michael says:

    This must be really important – it’s been on Boing Boing twice in 12 hours:

    http://boingboing.net/2012/04/18/teletext-uk-internet-precurso.html

  3. Tony Trunzo says:

    Have you worked out what we’re looking for?

  4. darrrrrrn says:

    The worm had a enjoyable send off too.

  5. Neill "Dire" Mitchell says:

    Thanks Xeni –

    Thanksni

  6. You can still enjoy Aertel, the Irish version, in all its nostalgic pre-Internet 8-bitiness!

    http://www.rte.ie/aertel/

  7. billstewart says:

    Minitel is also going away this year, on June 30.

  8. Dom says:

    My favourite thing about CEEFAX was when they broadcast Telesoftware – downloadable software for home computers back in the 80s. So much easier than typing in code from magazines.

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