THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sending an email in 1984

Good golly. I remember the first time I sent an e-mail. It was the 1980s, those days of green screens and printers the size of refrigerators. It was a great time to be a computer hobbyist and frankly, a lousy time to try to be productive with a computer.

In case you weren’t tech-savvy back then (or weren’t alive back then) here’s a recently-unearthed video segment showing the pain and suffering we all went through just to get online and then send a quick message. Seriously, sending snail mail was slower, but not much. Oh. My. Gosh.

Warning – you’ll hear the reporter say “mo-dem” with a funny accent, enough times that it will get on your nerves.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 7,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.