In this Data Point, I stream live from the beach to talk about how sometimes specific predictions of the future are correct, even if they miss some details.

In the 1990s, AT&T ran a series of commercials, highlighting the ways in which the internet would transform our lives. One that stands out is the prediction that we would eventually send faxes from the beach.

In 2020, the fax machine is somewhat of a relic. In the 90s, the concept of livestreaming on a platform like Facebook, would have seemed too far fetched at the time.

Show Notes

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Windows 95 celebrates its 25th birthday this year! It was an operating system that really changed the world. I take a nostalgic look back at Windows 95 and find out how useful it is in 2020.

It’s hard for people today accustomed to Wikipedia to think of a time when the idea of an electronic encyclopedia was futuristic and revolutionary.

In this two-part series, some of the original Microsoft Encarta team explain what it was like to work on the revolutionary product from the ’90s.

Anthony Keller, Brian Manthos, Andy Woods, and Lisa Woods talk about what they miss most and what was the most difficult part of shipping Encarta.

Time Index:

  • 2:14 Encarta’s design process and challenges
  • 6:44 Navigating with the back button
  • 8:17 Encarta bugs, testing, and bug court
  • 14:00 Shipping Encarta and releases
  • 18:22 Encarta customer memories and Encarta’s impact
  • 23:20 Country disputes in Encarta with maps
  • 25:03 Mindmaze Game
  • 31:37 the Encarta family