[mailhist-discuss] Administrative/operational milestones

Dave Crocker 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?

  Dave Crocker

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