Surreal video shows how technology was used in 1984 to check e-mails while travelling

Surreal video shows how technology was used in 1984 to check e-mails while travelling

Emails in the 80s have become a hot topic of discussion after a video from 1984 recently went viral on social media.

It just takes a few seconds to send an email from a phone, computer, or any handheld device these days. But back in the 1980s, sending electronic mails was a bit more tricky that needed time, multiple processes, and devices.

Emails in the 80s have become a hot topic of discussion after a video from 1984 recently went viral on social media.

Shared by news anchor Jon Erlichman on Twitter, the 2 minutes 20 second British TV clip demonstrates how technology was used back in the day to check emails while travelling overseas.

The video begins with the presenter trying to access messages on a portable computer while on a train.

He then goes on to reveal a large modem that attaches to a phone receiver to establish a connection. However, the process of connection remains incompleted due to the lack of coins on a payphone.

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"For the businessman on the move, one of the most significant developments over the last couple of years or so has been in the introduction of pieces of kit like this — the truly portable computer," the presenter explains in the video.

The computer shown in the video is a TRS-80 Model 100 which was first sold in Japan in 1983.

In the next bit, the presenter is seen sitting inside a hotel room, where he dials a London number and the number of the computer. This was done before the phone let out a tone.

In the next step, he attaches the modem to the phone. He then uses the screen and the small keyboard on the portable computer to type the details. He is also seen going through his personal messages.

The size of the modem has become a topic of discussion on social media. But most users were amazed by the steps involved in sending and receiving emails.

“But, if information technology is really about the convergence of computers with telecommunications, then obviously the big advantage of a piece of technology like this is to be able to couple it up back to my home base over the telephone line,” the presenter says in the clip.

It's important to know that the World Wide Web (WWW) was invented in 1989 and the use of the internet didn't really pick up pace until the early 90s. But in the case of the email from 1984, the technology that allowed the WWW was used in one of its basic forms.

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