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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17745100

Quaint and charming. Despite being in the internet age I for one will miss it when it goes in October 2012 in my region.

As a matter of interest how many of you still have access to analogue Ceefax?

While we're at it, please feel free to share your memories of Ceefax, Oracle, Teletext, etc. What were your favourite pages? Did any of your letters/articles get published?

I'll start-circa 1995 I had various silly bits and pieces published on the long defunct Megazine page on Teletext on 4 under various pseudonyms. :-D

Date: 2012-04-18 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loganberrybunny.livejournal.com
We lost it in Central some months ago now. I did actually take a photo of the news headlines page on the final day, but it didn't come out very well.

Memories... my grandparents had a teletext TV when we still had a black-and-white one. A 28" Baird with a brick-like remote control. I used to use the Newsflash feature a lot, being starting to get interested in current affairs even back then (1983 or so). I never actually wrote in, but I do remember that for some time there was a feature on the "Engineering pages" (or whatever they were called) about the coming-soon Teletext mark two that would be able to do foreign accents, smoother graphics etc. Sadly the demo just looked like a lot of division signs to me!

Oh, and playing Bamboozle when we finally got a Fastext TV, though that wasn't BBC of course. I just wish someone had converted the Granny's Garden BBC Micro game to Ceefax. I bet it could have been done -- it was in Mode 7 already, and some sort of Bamboozle-like navigation could have been worked out!

Date: 2012-04-18 03:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidn
If it had even been possible to stumble accidentally across that witch's face on Ceefax, I might have been too scared to turn on the television ever again ;)

Date: 2012-04-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidn
I moved to America in 2006, and so I missed the gradual transition to digital - here, the people I've talked to say they just never had anything like it at all and are confused by the entire concept. But I have really fond memories of all the text services, crude as they look by today's standards,,, somehow it's easy to get nostalgic about these primitive things despite their inconvenience compared to what we have today. I also remember that coloured weather map fondly, along with the rest of the blocky BBC Micro 8-colour graphics... quite a lot of my memory is in having to wait while the page counter rolled around and broadcast the page you had requested (who could forget Bamboozle which used letters in its question page numbers so that you couldn't skip to them - until you discovered the cheat of pressing Down on your remote?). On the subject of speed... if the author of that article is finding that their updates to Internet pages are happening at anything less than the speed of light I would probably ask them to take a serious look at their infrastructure.

I'm fascinated to hear you were on Megazine! Which one(s) were you? I used to read it but never participated myself - I remember the constant guessing as to whether the host (whose name I can't remember) was male or female, the people with manufacturedly stupid pseudonyms like The Twelfth Lemon, and some lunatic who always talked about polo and whisky, who called himself The Brigadier. In that way, it was much like a very slow Internet forum as we know them today - with Backchat over on Ceefax being a prototype of Youtube in being exclusively populated by complete dipsticks.

My favourite place, though, was Digitizer, the one-man sort of computer magazine and mental asylum where news was distributed by text-art characters such as Fat Sow and Zombie Dave (along with the beatboxing snakes and Inspector Morse) - just trying to explain it or its surreal sense of humour is a futile task. I was on it at one point, after answering a request for help on the tips page (which was then hosted by Mr. Nude)... unfortunately, my already quite short letter had to be trimmed down to fit on the page and it came out largely as gibberish. Much later on, a game I had written got mentioned on its successor, 4-Players.

Date: 2012-04-20 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keresaspa.livejournal.com
Ten things about Ceefax (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8260196.stm?CMP=EMCFTBEML853)

By far the best bit of Teletext ever. (http://www.btinternet.com/~moononastick/sp58/Man1-Joke.htm)
Edited Date: 2012-04-20 04:25 pm (UTC)

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