How to send an ‘E mail’ – Database – 1984


Jane Ashton: With the assistance of the outside broadcast unit, we will be linking from the Database Studio to their home. Pat Green and Julian, welcome to Database. Pat Green and Julian Green: Hello Jane. Jane Ashton: Hi Julian. I see you have your computer linked to the telephone line. Can you tell us (and) how you did that? Julian Green: Yes. Well, it’s very simple really. Um, the telephone is connected to the telephone network with a British telecom plug. And I simply remove the telephone jet from the telecom socket and plug it into this box here the modem. I then take another wire from the Modem and plug it in where the telephone was. I can switch on the Modem and… …we’re ready to go. Um, the computers asking me if I want to log on and… …it’s now telling me to phone up the main Prestel computer, or generally I’ll do. Um… Jane Ashton: There’s a very simple connection to make? Julian Green: Extremely simple. Um… And I can actually leave the modem, but plugged in once it’s done this without affecting the telephone. I’m now waiting for the computer to answer me. It asks with a tone, and then I just flicked a switch on the Modem, and replace the receiver. And… Jane Ashton: Things are starting to happen –
Julian Green: Things are starting to happen, the Prestel computer is now asking me to enter my own – personal password… …which I have now done and it comes up with – an op-… an opening screen. Jane Ashton: And Julian can you tell me what is Micronet?
Julian Green: Well, Micronet’s basically is an area out of Prestel… …that’s specially designed for microcomputer users. It has a lot of facilities; has a magazine type page of What’s New Today,… …Daily News, reviews of the Current Software that’s available. There’s a Letter’s page that people can write in. Um,…There are programs available on Micronet. You can load directly down the phone line – some of them are free, some of them you do have to pay for. Jane Ashton: Now Pat, whose computer is it?
Pat Green: Well, it’s a cooperative really… …we all have a part share, but Julian and I mainly use it. Jane Ashton: And, why did you buy a computer? Pat Green: Well I was very interested in the new technology and didn’t want to be left behind… …I don’t think it’s only for the youngsters at school now. I think as older ones… …we’ll have to learn a lot about it. Jane Ashton: And what do you use the computer for?
Pat Green: Well for keeping household records such as: what I have in the freezer and… …people’s telephone numbers and addresses. Um, I use it as a word processor for my letters which always come out perfect now and umm… The most exciting thing I find is… um… the mailbox as… uh… where I write to other people on the Prestel system. Jane Ashton: And who have you written to recently; (do) you got any examples?
Pat Green: Um… Yes. Um… I sent a message to my doctor asking for a repeat prescription and… Umm… He said (that) he’s left the prescription for me in the chemist. Jane Ashton: Right. Well thank you very much Pat and Julian. We’ll be seeing you later in the program.
Julian and Pat Green: Bye Jane! Jane Ashton: If you have anything you want to say to us here on Database, and you’re connected to the press stealth service, you can use the Database mailbox. Pat Green is still with us in North London, and she’s going to demonstrate this facility by sending us a message. Jane Ashton: Hello Pat.
Pat Green: Hello Jane. Jane Ashton: Can you find page seven seven seven six (7-7-7-6) please? (Showed e-mail creation – standard blank format) Julia Ashton: And now would you like to send us a message?
Pat Green: Yes I will. (Pat Green’s typing) Jane Ashton: And I should be able to get the same message now on my screen?
Pat Green: That’s right. (Displaying e-mail message to Database) Jane Ashton: Thank you very much for your good wishes Pat and Julian.
Pat and Julian Green: You’re welcome. Jane Ashton: If I want to get that message printed out I can do that as well, just by hitting this button. (Printing sounds) And there it is. By the way, we’ve heard some rumors that Commodore are planning to launch their own rival to Micronet,… …which will come complete with a modem. Now as we get some more news of that comp. unit,… …we’ll let you have it. In the meantime, if you want more information about Prestel or Micronet,… …then why not have a look at the Database Newsletter which you can find on Oracle page 182. That’s page – (One – Eight – Two) 1 – 8 – 2. Now if you own a BBC Micro,… …(please) standby for the software transmission. You can record the data directly from the audio track of your video cassette recording of Database. Alternatively, if your television has an audio jack, or an ear socket, you can take the data directly from that. The least successful method is to just place a microphone in front of the television set. Have you haven’t got a BBC Micro? Don’t worry, because during the series, we’ll be transmitting data for the ZX81, the Spectrum,… …the Commodore 64,… …the VIC-20, and the Dragon (32/64). Now remember these software transmissions are experimental, but if they’re successful… …and you like them, then they may well become a regular feature of Database later on in the year. Standby for the software transmission, you better start your recorders now. Goodbye, and see you next week from Earl’s Court. (Radio transmission sounds – LOUD)
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100 thoughts on “How to send an ‘E mail’ – Database – 1984

  1. 1984: uses $5k computer to track freezer items
    2019: $8k fridge does it for you. Can view contents without opening the door.

  2. 2:27 what do you use the computer for? I got your bank account, play video games, hack the Soviets missiles you know minor stuff.

  3. Эхххх, было время.))))
    Модем, телефонная линия, Спектрум.
    Мне было 10-12 лет.

  4. My first computer purchase. Me: "What size hard drive does it have?" Sales: This model has a 250mb hard drive." Me: "Do you have one that has a gig of hard drive space?" Sales: What on Earth do you need that much space for????"

  5. 1980: It's imposibile to fill 32 KB.
    2020: It's imposibile to fill 32 TB.

    2080: The PC has more memory than Your brain, NI🅱️🅱️A !

  6. I remember when 51/4" floppies came out, and I thought, "there's no way that's gonna hold as much data as an 8" floppy!!!

  7. Soon you can have sex, or watch people throw up, poop, chop their own dicks off, watch people strap cameras to their heads and shoot 43 Muslims, or check the stock market

  8. I'd chop my left nut off to transport these people to today and film reaction videos to such jems as "two girls one cup" or BME Olympics or watch the GoPro video of 43 Muslims being shot, or the old man in Cleveland shot on FB live

  9. 0:52 – extremely simple connection to make
    switches cables, rollin disk on phone for 10-15 times, waits half-minute

    Nowadays
    swap down, turning on LTE

  10. У них там отличная система ВКС 🙂 Perfect Videoconferencing in 1984 🙂 Without laggs, jitter itc 🙂

  11. 0:52 Jane: There's a very SIMPLE connection to make?
    Julian: Extremely SIMPLE.

    I guess there are different meanings about "SIMPLE"?

  12. 1984: what's your password
    2019: Your password 1234, proof you are not a robot ! How many traffic light signals, trees, buses ?

  13. Amazingly usable for the 1980's. If you had one of these machines this would have been a great TV show to watch. Refilled a prescription with her doctor via email in 1984, unheard of. Actually still hard to do.

  14. "I didn't want to be left behind," but apparently that didn't apply to their fashion sense, which is more like 1976 than 1984….

  15. Now if you want to know how the internet is made. Watch this video.
    https://9gag.com/gag/aW1RZp6/how-the-internet-is-made-official-irish-educational-video

  16. Yes Jane, we each pitched in $6,000. to buy our computer, all five of us, and the phone company gave us our state-of-the-art rotary phone for a $7.50. I sent off an email to my friend down the street yesterday morning. Let’s call him up now. He should be getting it any minute now.

  17. 1984: my first memory at pre-school & we didn't have a telephone back then

    1994: my dad brought our first modem to home. The first family who had modem in my neighborhood

    2004: I bought my first Nokia GPRS cell phone in my first job & use it as a modem connected to laptop

    2014: I had my first FO broadband installed to my own apartment so my daughter can access wifi at home

    2019: I watch this video for the first time & started feeling sentimental

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