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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.

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