[mailhist-discuss] Administrative/operational milestones
dcrocker at gmail.com
Fri May 11 08:33:53 PDT 2012
On 4/10/2012 10:36 AM, Suzanne Johnson wrote:
> do you recall if this meeting included attendance by cc:mail folks?
> While there were eventually gateways to smtp from cc:mail, the naming
> conventions in cc:mail supported use of spaces. At Intel at this time
> (approx 1986-87), most of the business side of the corp was using
> cc:mail with names including spaces. Those folks could not be reached
> by mail from the Internet. cc:mail also seemed to have had a
> deleterious effect on network architecture, especially for a world-wide
> organization. Imagine a world-wide bridged network with odd
> instabilities caused by the mail system. The first router for general
> purpose use came into Intel for use in upgrading the CSnet connection
> from PhoneNet.
Getting back to the example of Intel, I think Craig and now Suzanne have
opened the door to a number of administrative/operations milestones,
distinct from technical ones. (Commercial might or might not include
technical innovation, of course.)
I know it was a big deal when HP standardized on Internet mail (with
UPenn's PMDF for relaying.) I don't know whether that counted as the
first trans-national corporation's adoption of a public email
technology, but it's the first that I knew about. This was roughly
1986, the same timeframe as Suzanne notes for Intel.
The question is whether we should look for these kind of milestones? If
so, which ones?
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