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 www.platopeople.com for all the PLATO nostalgia you could ever want.

- Jessica
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Re: old school: From: Karen Mulholland

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