How to send an ‘E mail’ – Database – 1984
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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)
(End Credits) (End Credits) ©THAMES PRODUCTIONS UK 1984 – 2018

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100 thoughts on “How to send an ‘E mail’ – Database – 1984

  1. How lovely it all was then. 30 years on, email is all but useless because of all the Russian spammers trying to take over the world and the internet is just full of rubbish propaganda news and lets not even talk about the psychological damage social media is doing to our kids. Where are you when we need you CeeFax

  2. i lol when they said pats name..of coarse its a pat..but is it a boy..girl…kid…adult…i cant tell!! pats perfect name double gender lol…

  3. used email for the first time in 1997. first went online thru prodigy 1995… internet cost 3.95 per hour.

  4. I had a friend that lived with his grandparents. His room was their old computer room, and it had evidently not been used since the early 2000s. There were TurboTax books and other computer learning books from the 90s. The TurboTax one had a page on RAM that said “32 MB of RAM is recommended”

  5. Is it just me or did tech seem to slow down drastically the past decade? Looking back at the 80's to 2000's things changed massively, then 2000-2010 we got another big change especially with mobile phone tech. What's in store for 2020? VR is still probably 5-10 years away from being actually good, augmented reality I haven't heard or seen shit from that in years.. WTF is going on? We should be closing in on actual holodecks by 2030 if we look at how far we've come outta the 80's, but fuck it looks like we'll just get better graphics and higher resolution displays which most people still don't give a fuck about and they're happy with 1080p.

  6. lol, he has to dial it himself on the rotary xD well at least it avoids the annoying dial tone and buzzing back in the 90s modems. maybe we actually went downhill?

  7. That ending racket is a bloody joke right? Jesus H Christ damn the person who made that choice to never use a computer again.

  8. Yeah, the doctor is still alive, is the oldest working doctor in the UK. Pretty interesting.

  9. They called that simple because life was much more difficult. They had patience they could wait. Kids these days are like they can't wait two seconds for a click to respond.

  10. This the best video I have seen in a long time, I have laughed so much, falling of my chair… look at where we are today…Oh my word… hahahahaha

  11. I wonder what will seem humdrum in another 35 years time? Maybe half the chairs around a boardroom table in New York will be "filled" by hologram outlines of people who are remotely participating from London or Tokyo or Berlin, or wherever??

  12. People 40 years from now will laugh at the dumb shit we did with our smart phones and all the vlogs and everything we do now.

  13. • “I sent a message to my doctor to ask for a new prescription”
    • “…and what did he say?”
    • “…F – off!”

  14. I thought my left earpiece had gone bad… At the end, sounds like the right one is bad too. Is that a theme song?

  15. it was very uncommon to have a home pc in those days. 99% of the households had no idea what a modem or internet was.

  16. i wish i could time travel back to this day, bringing along my samsung galaxy s10+ and 32 inch 4k tv and wireless bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and set it up with samsung dex. And then show people how shit needs to be done!

  17. I only ever knew Fred West as a serial killer. Who would have ever thought he was also a killer with computer technology

  18. It seems the inland revenue are still stuck in the same year that this video was made when it comes to giving you your tax rebate. They send you a fucking cheque (totally outdated and not used anymore) and it takes 9 weeks to reach you because I’m sure they insist on having it hand delivered by a man on a horse that they’ve sent from fucking London. All for your rebate of £27.67. But when it comes to you giving those cunts money, there’s PayPal, Apple Pay etc the most up to date and technologically fast methods of payment

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