It would be nice to share some interesting links and opinions.
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>> People who smoke "Gitanes"... You need to brush up your French studies, smoking "gitanes" was mostly done during my father youth and I am 56 years old
I think it's the X25 network that will be unplugged.
It's a lot of years there is no Minitel (the terminal) in use in France: Most terminals were built in the 80' or at the latest in the 90'. There was an emulator for PC on Internet mostly for for B2B users.
The sad thing is that France still uses pay per use on Internet even on Broadband. There are some websites that provide content only if the user agrees to pay a premium on it's Telco operator bill. And the is an opt-out option so many users are scared when they are told they "made Minitel" when in fact they didn't. A link in French (sorry, but it's just to prove my point) http://assistance.orange.fr/des-connexions-minitel-sur-votre-facture-3217.php
I am sorry to have no moderator points at the moment. I completly agree with you about
I am really sorry to not have any mode points, I would have give you "insightful"
Why not the hammer, or the screwdriver instead of the PC as a democratic tool for everyone, for experimentation, self-expression, learning?
I don't understand what you mean.
Why posting as AC? This attitude toward users and needs seems to me very healthy. And it may have much more in your reflection that is visible on the surface, such as the reference to IT instead to PC. IT may be dying as a mass industry that users never found very satisfying. I doubt that PC will ever die at least because we need PC for spreadshhets, word processors and industrial computing appliance.