Sammy Nickalls
March 25, 2016 11:52 am
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It can be pretty hard to keep up with your email inbox, but this 32-year-old guide makes our current email struggles look like a piece of cake.

A video from a British tech show called Database was posted to YouTube at the end of February, and recently, it’s gone viral, because it’s a reminder that sending an email was not exactly a simple process just three decades ago. The video originally aired in 1984, the year the first Macintosh computer was released.

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In the mid-80s, the Internet the way we know it now didn’t exist; instead, it took quite a bit of effort to log onto the Micronet, which was *sort of* like the Internet filled with numbered pages — there were no URLs. To log on to it, you had to connect a rotary phone to a dial-up modem.

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“[I use my computer] for keeping household records, such as what I have in the freezer and people’s telephone numbers and addresses,” one techie says in the video. “I use it as a word processor for my letters, which always come out perfect now. And the most exciting thing, I find, is the mailbox, when I write to other people.”

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And to think that now we pretty much only use our computers to watch cat videos. The world is a weird place. Check out the full video below and be prepared to have your mind totally blown.

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