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BBC archives: Pages from Ceefax [Oct. 22nd, 2012|03:47 pm]
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Those mourning the imminent final demise of analogue teletext in Britain may like to take a look at this short piece on the BBC website about the similar ending of "Pages from Ceefax". I'm pleased to say that they've used an appropriate soundtrack for the most part! It also gets a point from me for having Grandad (with Clive Dunn) in the TV listings; I used to watch that quite a bit.


[User Picture]From: davidn
2012-10-22 04:32 pm (UTC)
Recently I've been thinking about how differently the next generation are going to grow up, compared to us... and viewing those pages brought all of that back :) I can't imagine just... being born and instantly living in a world where the Internet has always been available in people's pockets, rather than something that had to be gradually invented and mis-stepped and worked towards over years... with these awkward BBC Micro pages being such a memorable part of that process. As technology now moves so quickly, I'm sure that you could say the same about even me, as I was born in 1984... and I wonder if the current Internet will seem as charmingly archaic in 30 years' time.
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[User Picture]From: loganberrybunny
2012-10-22 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, I suspect it will. My early home internet service (1999-2003 or so) was dialup, and that now seems like an entirely different world. YouTube, for example, didn't exist until 2005, a fact which still startles me every time I realise it. That said, you and I could still have had this web-based, non-live exchange in 2001. We couldn't have done it in 1991. The really big change, I think, is definitely the coming of the (civilian) internet itself, the modern equivalent of the coming of the railways.

When I was at high school, some time around 1990, we had a history teacher from the US for a while. That was something exotic. I had a great-aunt who lived in Montreal, and I spoke to her a handful of times ever. The idea of us having this conversation across the Atlantic as a matter of course, so normal that I had no idea you were American until I looked at your LJ profile, would have seemed like science fiction.

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[User Picture]From: giro_batol
2012-10-28 02:28 pm (UTC)
It will be interesting to see what happens with technology in the future, everything is so instant these days.
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[User Picture]From: keresaspa
2012-10-22 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to assume (hope?) that the red button version of Ceefax will survive this blasted switchover. I still need it for me football fix every day!
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[User Picture]From: queenmartina
2012-10-22 08:29 pm (UTC)
Seems the red button service is safe.

Really going to miss the old analogue service, though, despite not having had access to it for a long time. Thankfully I have a selection of 'Pages From Ceefax' and accompanying big band and synthy music in my collection to keep me going.
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[User Picture]From: keresaspa
2012-10-22 11:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it since Virgin switched off our analogue either, which was a while ago now. Well, I've seen the Irish version when in Dublin but even I would struggle to care what the score was in Swilly Rovers v Kildrum Tigers.
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[User Picture]From: giro_batol
2012-10-28 02:31 pm (UTC)
Technology moves on, i guess what is surprising is that Ceefax has lasted so long. I guess it was the first computer based electronic information service that came to the mass market
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