What if Google had launched in the 80s?

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What if Google had launched in the 1980s and used a command line interface? Google BBS answers that question, letting you play with Google they way you might have during the Reagan administration.

Based on this retrofuturistic video, web design and development firm masswerk created a working Google command line interface. Don't worry, it's not as slow as dial-up, but you do have trigger a new page every few results. Here's what I got when I searched for "space porn":

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ManchuCandidate
ManchuCandidate

They'll have to pry my 300baud modem and CompuServe account from my cold dead hands.