Santa uses Prodigy: Interactive Personal Service

Around 1990, I got an IBM PS/1 computer. It came with software called Prodigy. This was an online service like Compuserve. It blew my mind that I could connect with other computer users by dialing into a service using a modem. I loved this thing! I studied science through the online encyclopedia, played a text/graphic adventure game, joined the model rocketry discussion board, and sent/received electronic mail for the first time. You really gotta get this thing!

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Justin M. Salvato

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Seeker of 1980s nostalgia, rummager of vintage computers and player of retro video games.When not writing posts of The Retroist, I'm converting Retroist audio podcasts to Retroist video podcasts.My own videos can be found at
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