[BCAB] National Computer Museum - Bletchly Park

Jackie Cairns jackie.cairnsplace at btinternet.com
Thu Jun 14 09:27:12 BST 2012

Hi Laurence

That's interesting to know, thank you.  We can get RTE here, but we aren't
subscribed to any Sky package, only FreeSat, so I guess that just counts as
something similar to digital Freeview which won't work of course.  It's a
pity, because if you knew your way around the various Teletext numbers, it
was quicker to find something than anything else like waiting for the news
and hoping the story you wanted was featured.  And if you were into sport
updates, it was great for announcing tennis, football, F1, and cricket
changes during events, depending on what you were interested in.  In my
mind, because I used it so much and got one heck of a lot out of it, Talking
Teletext was the best innovation of the 90s.  Yes you could get all that
stuff on the Internet, but it was still faster.

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

-----Original Message-----
From: bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]
On Behalf Of Laurence Taylor
Sent: 13 June 2012 23:09
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] National Computer Museum - Bletchly Park

Don't ditch your talking teletext boxes just yet; although the BBC and ITV
have decided to stop the service, other broadcasters haven't, so if you've
got satellite, you can still use the text services from Sky, RTE and others.
Even if you haven't got a subscription, the teletext still works.


On 13/06/2012 08:44, Jackie Cairns wrote:> I remember those well, and 
used first a Brade, then the Mimic.  But we've
 > been here before haven't we?  I just wondered if items of equipment that
 > just lie around could be put in a museum.  An example is Talking 
Teletext, a
 > brilliant piece of kit that is now defunct because analogue is virtually
 > off.  I somehow can't bring myself to bin mine, so it's surplus to
 > requirements, yet has a place in assistive technology history like so 
 > other stuff that couldn't even be used in disadvantaged countries.

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