Tindie Weblog | Early Web Minitel ESP32 Adapter!

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Minitel, as described on this mission’s itemizing, is a French great-uncle of the Web showing ceaselessly in retro-computing tasks. Whereas typically not used outdoors of France and a handful of different international locations, the system did run on tens of millions of devoted terminals and wasn’t formally retired till 2012. So in the event you’re in the fitting place (i.e. France) you may get fortunate and decide up one in all these units for a music.

As proven within the video under, these terminals can truly be fairly retro-chic, and with a ‘secret’ peripheral port, it’s potential to get them to do your bidding with out truly opening up the housing. That being stated, Minitel tasks typically require some mixture of the suitable connector, an Arduino/Raspberry Pi/and so on, breadboard, connectors ,and different such digital tidbits.

Such a setup could be tough to work with and transport, and never practically as trendy because the Minitel field itself. To assist with this problem iodeo created the Minitel ESP32 dev board. The gadget consists of the whole lot it is advisable to get your terminal working, and is powered from the Minitel gadget itself. The ESP32 module permits for wi-fi community interface and OTA programming. So you may change the terminal’s habits with out truly touching something, or use it as a terminal to interface with different networked units like a Raspberry Pi.

Whereas such a setup can be tough to acquire the place I reside within the US, in the event you’re in additional Minitel-abundant areas, you’ll know what to do in the event you come throughout one in all these packing containers!

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