Saturday, May 18, 2013

Retro Computing on the Boob Tube

Keeping up on tech news these days is piece of piss. Push notifications, Twitter feeds and an increasingly large number of other digital enemas make it easy to forget that there was a time when people actually sat down to watch TV programs about technology, or more specifically, home computing. Two of the more notable entries in this genre were an unassuming and decidedly stilted tech-show called, rather unimaginatively, Computer Chronicles, and its more colloquially-monikered spinoff, The Internet Café, later retitled simply Net Café. Having enjoyed an impressively lengthy run on PBS from 1981 to 2002, Computer Chronicles played witness to many key developments in the home computing industry including the introduction of the Mac, Windows 95, CD-ROMs and even birth of the internet which prompted the creation of its sister show, The Internet Café, in 1996. While you can't just turn on your TV and hope to catch a rerun of either program, episodes of both can be found tucked away at the always awesome and always free Internet Archive. Click below to take a trip back to a time before corporations owned the internet and 512K was more than enough for anyone.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE COMPUTER CHRONICLES

CLICK HERE TO WATCH NET CAFÉ

BONUS VIDEO!!
PITFALL INVENTOR DAVID CRANE EXPLAINS HIS NEW GHOSTBUSTERS GAME FOR THE COMMODORE 64

2 comments:

  1. I always thought his name was "Bob Crane" for some reason.

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