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On the Frontiers of Technology: Teletext

  \May 3, 1981, Teletext  


Nov. 14, 1980: KCET-TV Channel 28 and KNXT-TV Channel 2 plan to experiment with teletext. Young persons reading this with the free wifi at Starbucks, gaze at the screen shots and give thanks for your netbooks. 

The Times’ Lee Margulies says: “Teletext is a process in which a broadcaster is able to transmit printed matter in the normal television signal so that a viewer who has a special decoder unit can receive information on his screen. By using a keypad attached to the set, the viewer can select from hundreds of different 'pages' of information and read them on the screen, either in place of the picture or superimposed over it.”

Hartford Gunn, vice president and general manager at KCET,  "said that teletext will be a new medium, combining some elements of newspapers and television but not replacing either."

  Nov. 14, 1980, Teletext
  Nov. 14, 1980, Teletext
  Nov. 14, 1980, Teletext  

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One has got to learn how to walk, before one can run!!! Generally, better ideas are developed through through market forces. The best example is the shift from DOS (Digital Operating System) to the Windows O/S in the late 80's, early 90's.

Although some folks, like myself, preferred DOS at the time (for the speed of processing database tools), the switch to Windows was driven by "Eye Appeal" (Fonts, "copy and paste" function, Object Linking and Embedding), it was still an improvement over a third party software maker, Quarterdeck System's Desqview, an TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident Program) to multi-task software applications.

The 80's were a happening place in the LA Metro Area. Where did it all go?
Ashton-Tate - Culver City
Peter Norton Computing - Santa Monica
Quarterdeck Systems - Santa Monica and later, Marina del Rey
Packard-Bell Computing - Woodland Hills
Adrays - West Los Angeles / Van Nuys and other places
Olsen Electronics - North Hollywood and other places
Victor Mature's TV - Van Nuys / North Hollywood area
DAK Electronics - Canoga Park (Now Virtual)
Egghead Computing - (Now Virtual)
CompUSA - (Now Virtual)
Circuit City - (Now Virtual)

I am sure that there afre others out there who can "fill in the blanks." Speaking of which, I wonder what ever happen to all of those Y2K shops that were set-up, 12-15 years ago? At least this explains part of reasons for the disappearance of California's jobs and revenue that has evolved over the past 20 years.


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