LGR Tech Tales - Bonzi Buddy: A Spyware's Tale

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Shared February 9, 2018

BonziBuddy was seemingly everywhere around the year 2000. It was a free "virtual assistant" program that could talk, tell jokes, and help you browse the web! Turned out it was also spyware and violated COPPA. Join me in LGR Tech Tales, looking at stories of technological inspiration, failure, and everything in-between!

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● Music used in order of appearance:
"Nautical 2" by Loscil
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"Anekbah Theme"
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Downtown Alley 1, Particle Emission 2, Smooth Deal
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"Twin Shine"
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