RE: old school

Subject: RE: old school
From: "Jessica Weissman" <Jessica -dot- Weissman -at- hillcrestlabs -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 15:43:27 -0400

Gotcha beat by about ten years.

The PLATO system, pioneer of much that we now think of as
Internet-specific from email to newsgroups to chat to interactive
multimedia, had true personal email starting in 1975. I started using it
via the original U of Illinois PLATO IV system in 1976. The University
of Delaware eventually got its own system.

Starting in 1982 I was an online programming consultant for the U of D
PLATO system; using a special logon I could see the list of programmers
waiting for help and select one to work with. We could communicate
through chat and I could either view the programmer's screen as he or
she showed me the problem or have the programmer view my terminal as I
went to the online help system and found the answer to the question (or
showed a handy code example, or whatever).

See for all the PLATO nostalgia you could ever want.

- Jessica

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.

True single source, conditional content, PDF export, modular help.
Help & Manual is the most powerful authoring tool for technical
documentation. Boost your productivity!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Re: old school: From: Karen Mulholland

Previous by Author: RE: old school
Next by Author: RE: Word - Disappearing Acrobat toolbar (again) - but worse than usual
Previous by Thread: Re: old school
Next by Thread: Re: old school

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads

Sponsored Ads