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God, the memories. I remember booting up Windows 95 for the first time -- I was so stoked. Everything was so new and smooth and perfect.

Plus -- and this is the important thing -- PPP worked much, much better than 3.1 + trumpet winsock.

Some time around 98SE I was dual booting into BeOS, which was so damn fast it wasn't funny. But it wasn't to be.

And I remember browbeating Red Hat 3 into connecting to the internet as well.

Weirdly enough my uncle actually knew the guy who wrote Trumpet Winsock.

He says he got burnt by piracy fairly badly: computer magazines were including the full version of his app on their cover disks all over the world, ISPs were handing his app to their customers, and his company was too small to stop them.

I had no idea. We ought to set up a donation drive.

edit: I was not being sarcastic. I wouldn't mind chipping a few bucks if a hat is going around.

I thought it a good idea. His name is Peter Tattam (I did some google-leg-work to find it). His site is at http://petertattam.com/ .

I found his name via a report at http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=

If this is the guy, what should we do? Should somebody ask him what he would like?

yep. I'm still around. I live a quiet existence in not so sunny Hobart, Tasmania. Most unusual request - still thinking about it. Donations willingly accepted - just trying to think what kind of cool thing to provide in return for the generous donations.

When I was studying Computing at Tas Uni back in the mid 00s, they still mentioned Trumpet Winsock as their big success story. You should be proud of the impression you've left.

(Though now I think about it, were they annoyed at the commercialisation of a piece of research? Being a Uni, probably. Either way, you've left an impression!)

> just trying to think what kind of cool thing to provide in return for the generous donations.

It seems to me that people are donating because you've earned it. If you really feel a need to give back, perhaps the gift of education would be better. W. Richard Stephen's TCP/IP Illustrated is a great book, but looking long in the tooth these days. I'm sure you've forgotten more about TCP/IP than most of us have learned, but perhaps a book on TCP/IP by a guy that wrote a stack would be a good start?

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OK, he's set up a paypal account (payments@petertattam.com)

I've posted a HN ditty:


I contacted Peter and he got back to me. He seems to have settled well with how the cards fell and didn't seem worried about being compensated for things long past.

However, if any of you figure out some grand gesture to show appreciation please count me in. To me, he helped the web get started... An unsung hero. :)

His site seems to be down, but I found his company in the whitepages. I've left a message for him to call me back.

I'm going to suggest that he sets up a paypal account we can contribute to. I will also set up a website at lunch time, I think.

He rang me back.

He's a bit surprised by the sudden attention and says he will be commenting on the thread soon.

His website works for me.

It looks like his website is still running Trumpet Winsock...

I would totally send him a few quid. I remember using it back in the day.

I got Trumpet Winsock from my ISP. I wonder if they licensed it or not. Probably not, from the sound of it.

Well there was a fantastic feature of trumpet that windows lacked: If you had to reboot your computer (lol windows), the modem would remain connected, and trumpet could be re-enabled when the computer launched, you would be back up and running with internet, having not had to re-dial. Windows never did that, if you rebooted it was another phone call.

As far as Peter and Trumpet Software, they were based out of Hobart - After Windows implemented a default TCP/IP stack, much of his core business disappeared, they mucked around with building their own operating system for a while, turned Trumpet into an ISP, and in the end, his wife took him for most of what he had. Messy divorce/bankruptcy. Poor guy, he created a piece of software that I used for many years. For a long time, the trumpet implementation was better than the MS implementation, I still used it even when windows had built in PPP facilities.

Bought my first PC, an IBM 486DX-100. Preloaded Win95 display drivers were failing, so after a quick call to IBM I was instructed to download the newer drivers from the IBM Support BBS. After installing the drivers and a reboot, "Starting Windows95 For The First Time..." became my vision of terror. I remember watching the sliding bar on the bottom hoping that it wouldn't stop moving for too long.

The support tech I dealt with was super helpful but was confused by the mounting calls on the issue so after a few days he investigated and found that the BBS files were infected with the Monkey.3 MBR virus. The cool thing was that he called me directly and let me know the source of the problem and apologized on behalf of IBM.

I had Ethernet in my dorm room for a year with Windows 3.11 for Workgroups and never did get it to connect to the interweb. (I had some pretty clever helpers from the Harvard Computer Society, too. Nobody could figure it out.) One of my greatest days as a computer user was the day I installed Windows 95 and got Internet Explorer to load playboy.com—oh, and also fas.harvard.edu. :-)

(Of course, all good things must come to and end, and after Windows 98 was through I switched to Linux/Firefox and then to OS X/Firefox/Chrome.)

Memories indeed, I still have the 25 odd floppy disks needed to install windows 95!

But it wasn't to be.

I see what you did there.

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