What were they thinking?

Even in 1994 internet was available and $1500 was almost enough to buy a new computer. Who would have wasted money on this?
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/back-in-day-novel-new-home-shopping-system-trialled-video-6250825

geek_nzoomed, Mar 10, 3:42 pm

Ha, I had one of those in the trial, I've got a suburban newspaper photo in the archive somewhere showing me using it. There was only ever about a dozen shops participating. The best thing about it was having my manager's daughter babysitting, afterwards we could see she'd been on the phone for nearly 3 hours.

geek_gyrogearloose, Mar 10, 4:09 pm

I thought you were talking about their outfits. Indeed, what where they thinking.

geek_-mung-, Mar 10, 4:44 pm

Interesting that she says it would be useful for over 60s as they are not very mobile!

geek_remmers, Mar 10, 5:46 pm


Did it actually connect over a dial up internet connection or was it a private network that retail partners had to join?

geek_nzoomed, Mar 10, 6:58 pm

It was a bank of dial-up modems, nothing to do with the internet. The company I worked for did the back-end and passed the transactions to the retailers, and if I recall correctly ASB Bank was one of the partners and since none of the developers in Christchurch had ASB accounts I got asked to help with the transaction testing.

geek_gyrogearloose, Mar 10, 8:22 pm



OK i was wondering if it was something along those lines.

geek_nzoomed, Jun 1, 11:16 am

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