The Creator Of Usent

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Rev. Newt Zest, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Just for Doug's many fans, note how far back his problems go:

    Strangely, nothing ever seemed to come of this.. Seems even then he
    was having a bit of trouble consummating his threats of legal action.

    And here you will find his 'shopfront' (now long gone from that
    location). If it was ever actually there - it looks like he just
    quickly put a few items in front of someone *else's* office
    entrance... :
    (Scroll down)

    The seagull pic is photoshopped over the words "Healthy PC's" (another
    of Doug's many names, another business down the tube, just like Techno
    mark.thomas.7, Mar 11, 2008
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  2. Oops. Sorry for the poor snipping/attribution.. and it is of course a
    PELICAN, not a seagull.

    mark.thomas.7, Mar 11, 2008
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    Wolfy 'Dial-up' Wildeblood, Mar 11, 2008
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    Annika1980 Guest

    Don't forget the hooligans that allegedly dived down under Douggie's
    boat and tied his propellers up or something like that. I'm surprised
    he didn't accuse me of that as well. With friends like Douggie, who
    needs enemas?
    Annika1980, Mar 11, 2008
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    elcaro Guest


    Usenet creator dead
    RIP Jim Ellis
    By Kieren McCarthy ? More by this author
    Published Friday 29th June 2001 12:32 GMT
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    One of the two men behind Usenet, Jim Ellis, has died aged 45. He died at his home in
    Pennsylvania yesterday morning after losing his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

    Jim, together with fellow Duke University graduate Tom Truscott, came up with concept of Usenet
    - basically linking two computers together to share information - in 1979, predating the Web by
    10 years. Steve Bellovin then wrote the first program, with Steve Daniel contributing to the
    first widely used version.

    In 1980, it consisted of just two sites - one at Duke University and another in the University
    of North Carolina. However it became extremely popular very quickly as a means of sharing
    information across the globe and before the arrival of the Web was the largest decentralised
    store of information ever known.

    In 1993, it had 1,200 newsgroups covering every imaginable topic from in-depth techie articles
    to home-spun philosophy. It also created the culture of flames - abusive emails. By 1999, the
    number of groups had grown to 37,000.

    Jim and Tom Truscott initially came up with the idea of Usenet based on their knowledge of
    ARPANET but wanted a single program that could allow file sharing for universities outside the
    DARPA R&D organisation.

    They called a meeting to thrash out the idea which Steve Bellovin attended. Steve then wrote the
    first version in Unix Bourne shell. It was simple but effective - it periodically checked the
    "last saved" time-stamp of each file in a certain directory, and then sent any new updated files
    to another computer over a modem link.

    The program was then rewritten - with Steve Daniel's input - and given away free. It has since
    been rewritten twice - once in 1982 and again in 1989, getting more efficient each time. Despite
    its enormous success, none of the original creators ever made a penny out of Usenet.

    Jim Ellis was a key pioneer of the electronic age and has been rewarded for his contribution
    numerous times through awards. In 1993, he shared the bill with Vinton Cerf, Ward Christensen,
    Dave Hughes and Paul Baran at the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Awards. In 1995 he
    was given the Usenix Lifetime Achievement Award.

    After leaving North Carolina, he worked for the Super Computing Center in Pittsburgh and then
    joined Sun, working from his home. His wife Carolyn said of him yesterday: "He had a good wit.
    He loved bridge. He loved his family of course. He was not afraid of his impending death."

    Rest in peace Jim Ellis. ®

    Look it up for yourselves if you don't believe was all over the Web!!

    Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit
    elcaro, Mar 14, 2008
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    Scribner Guest

    Scribner, Mar 14, 2008
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