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Farewell to CEEFAX


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CEEFAX has been broadcast for the last time.

Take a stroll down memory lane

I can recall thinking that CEEFAX was an astonishing display of cutting edge technology when I first saw it - and it was. How things have moved on.

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Quickbeam

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I can remember when Space Invaders and Asteroids was cutting edge pub gaming!

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interzone55

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I remember they used to put BBC Micro programs on Ceefax, pages 800 onwards I think.

We had a tuner card on one of the computers at school, and would download the program off Ceefax, save it to tape and load it on other computers in the class.

I also remember Chris Sievey (aka Frank Sidebottom) used to put ZX Spectrum programs on the b-sides of his singles. Used to get a big shock if you played the wrong side of the record through your speakers

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interzone55

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Just found the piece of kit needed to download the Telesoftware off Ceefax

http://www.retro-kit.co.uk/page.cfm/content/Acorn-Teletext-Adapter/

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morddwyd

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AS i recall, the instant update of printed news heralded the end of the newspaper, or so we were told at the time!

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finerty

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oh well bye bye ceefax it was good to have it spealily if you wanted a good read

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Aitchbee

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I used to use ceefax (mon-fri) to check the ups & downs of my BT shares...redtext bad...yellowtext good! [Ah...those were the days!] The up-to-date greyhound results and latest betting (especially during the summer months, when evening horse racing was not covered by the bookies, because they closed at 5pm then in the 1980's) was also a 'boon'.

alan14 - Nice link to the Acorn gadget (I've still got the Amigatext version.)

...but I cannot fathom out why the 14 minute ceefax 'YouTube' 'simple video'[with no sound] should require a 50 mb download on my little BB dongle? ('bout 40p in money terms).

That's progress!

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Forum Editor

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fourm member

One for the archive. Thanks.

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morddwyd

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I'd almost forgotten Oracle.

Not only was that outlasted by Ceefax, but so was the cutting edge ITV text, apart from adverts.

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the.hick

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There was also Prestel, although I cannot recall ever using it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prestel

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morddwyd

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I seem to recall that Prestel was expensive to use when other services were free, and it tended to be used a lot by finance houses and travel companies.

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