Minitels like this one are set to go dark at the end of this week.
Minitel, France's Precursor To The Web, To Go Dark On June 30 -- Ars Technica
French fans bid "adieu" to the much loved dial-up 1980s-era computer terminals.
When I was in high school in the mid-1990s, I got to spend a few weeks with my French extended family at their country house east of Paris. Nearly each night, I watched my uncle stare into a small, old, dusty computer to monitor the results of the Tour de France. The little beige box had a fold-down keyboard and a pretty old-school text-only interface, even by mid-'90s standards. This was a Minitel.
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My Comment: I was approached by my business partner's associates to do a Quebec minitel version in Canada in the late 1980s. I declined for the same reason why it never evolved from where it developed in France .... too centralized and a limited list on what to visit.