Hat tip to @mathew - I just learned that France had a graeter than 720i broadcast standard in the 1940s!

That's Astounding.

I gotta find some old french gear, I guess.


@ajroach42 @mathew@mastodon.social now we're firmly into "actually might be easier to re-implement than to get a full complement of functioning original equipment" territory ;)

@djsundog @mathew (OTOH, it looks like this standard was still in some use in france as late as the early 80s! So maybe not?)

@ajroach42 @mathew@mastodon.social vive le france! let's get some minitel gear going while we're at it!

FYI it's Vive _la_ France. France is a feminine noun, "le" is masculine.
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@normandc @ajroach42 @mathew@mastodon.social how would I know a country's gendered pronoun anyway though

Uh, wiktionary maybe?

If you don't know the language, maybe refrain from using it?

Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine. I'm the same when the French butcher English. ;-)

@normandc I was referring more to the ability to intuit the gender of a nation from some other source than "because the book says" but feel free to take your language back, I'm not interested thanks.

@djsundog @normandc The fact that France is almost exclusively anthropomorphized as a woman by the french, probably ;)

@djsundog @ajroach42 @mathew I've been looking for some vintage minitel gear for a while now.

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yes, the 819 lines TV channel was active in 1983 when I went to France on a school exchange trip (it seemed to show arty movies that I could barely understand) - my host family only had a black and white set but I think this channel was B&W only. It was stopped soon after (around end 1983 to early 1984) and replaced by SÉCAM 625 lines for compatibility with the rest of Europe...

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