Video is the Minitel Star

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Video is the Minitel Star

The French have always been an enigma to me. They go on strike around the clock, have a restricted work-week of 35 hours and they still do reasonably well financially as a country despite the fact that they have untold weeks of vacation at a time. I don't know how long you can keep up such a lackadaisical pace of work in a global economy but so far so good Something the French don't get credit for too often is the Minitel system which did some of the same things the Internet now does for many of us... Helps with directory assistance. The system was developed in 1983 which is an amazing head-start on the rest of the world. Here is a great article on the Minitel system and its evolution. What would have happened to silicon valley if the French were to have popularized the Internet? But I digress. When I saw this release about the French embracing video telephony on a large scale, I stared thinking this could be video Minitel.


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