I hope you’ll forgive my English, but my French is barely good enough to muddle through some of your posts; I couldn’t begin to write in it!
Unlike many of you, I never actually got to experience Minitel during its lifetime, but became interested in it after the fact through Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll’s book (I’m actually a PhD student at Indiana University and Julien is one of my advisors). I’m particularly interested in the way Minitel compares and contrasts with the USA’s history of networking projects up to and including the internet.
But perhaps even more than Minitel, I’m interested in the ways in which diehards like yourselves are keeping Minitel alive today. Julien has shown me some of the emulation work being done on Minitel, and I’d love to pick your brains about how one goes about emulating a network rather than a console. The strategies being devised here and elsewhere to preserve software on modern systems are in my opinion ahead of a lot of formal institutions (especially museums), so I look forward to learning more about them!