Monday, October 29, 2012

My Cue Cat

One of the fun things about having messed around with computers for a long time, since about 1980, is that I have accumulated a certain number of early Internet artifacts.

Today, while looking for something else, I ran across a box of such stuff and found this: My Forbes magazine “Cue Cat”.

Forbes mailed them out to subscribers in 1999 and the idea was that instead of having to look up webpages related to the magazine stories we were reading, we could simply scan the bar code on the story and The Cue Cat would take us there. I quickly decided that getting the cue cat hooked up and working on my Tandy 286 PC with dial up Internet access, was a lot more trouble than it was worth and I went back to typing in webpage addresses by hand.

Apparently a lot of people felt the same way. According toWikipedia, it was once named one of "The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time" by PC World magazine.

Glad to have participated in a small part of Internet history. 

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