Monday, October 18, 2010

Your Daily '80s: Before there was AOL. . . .

Long ago, in a universe far away, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web.

There was a primitive Internet in this primitive universe, and there were extremely slow telephone modems, and there were Commodore 64 computers, too. Likewise, there was a service called Quantum Link.

A few years later, you would know it by a more familiar name -- America Online. Which is now AOL.

Which is kind of peripheral to what we do on the Internet.

Once upon a time, though, this promotional video was selling us what we imagined to be a George Jetson world, and today was barely imaginable.

1 comment:

Seattle Design Biz Guy said...

I've just come across a near mint condition mailer with: a cover letter from Steve Case, an installation floppy (5.25") disk, Members' Guide, Local Number Access Directory, and Q-Link keyboard template. And, an America Online mailer containing 3 (5.25") floppies of America Online 1.5a. Does anyone know what these are worth and who might (specifically) might be interested in them?