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Minitel was quite the topic of conversation in Silicon Valley during the early and mid 80s.  

As it turned out, Minitel is a good example of the risks of early adaptation in a limited market.  At launch all the parts required for the Internet were there but their technological capability weren't up to the task, e.g., the 70 baud upload speed, the cost of the parts were very expensive such as the $100,000 per gigabyte for long term storage, and so on.  But the real killer was the fact the market was limited to France meaning it never achieved the economy of scale of the Internet.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Dec 29th, 2019 at 04:38:31 PM EST

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