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Truly one of the unsung heroes of the Internet. Actually met him at a BoardWatch conference where he received a well deserved award.

Fondly remember Trumpet as the key that unlocked the door to using Mosaic. Jumping from text only to a browser was like going from black and white to technicolor.

Heh. I remember going to Tampa (my first ever trip to the States) to get that Dvorak Award, which is sitting on the equivalent of my mantelpiece (I'll take a photo to prove it!). BBS-CON was the conference. I remember shaking the hands of a good many people back then - little did I know how much the onslaught of Windows 95 would have on the market. I was told, flatteringly, by one industry observer at the time that Trumpet accelerated the Internet by about a year - who knows, but it certainly was a wake up call for M$ who really hadn't taken much notice of the Internet before then and was only interested in a vertical control over the industry by peddling their own network protocols. Writing Trumpet Winsock to published and open protocols was a testament to the beauty of openness.

And some trivia.... the name Trumpet was actually the first product I made, an Internet newsreader for DOS - as in a newspaper name like "The Daily Trumpet". Also I like trumpets, having played one for many years, and also the apocalyptic themes of the final trumpet sounding appealed to me too. As I was writing it in Turbo Pascal back then, there was no open source TCP stack in pascal, so I had to write one, from scratch, armed only with the RFCs. Ultimately that TCP core became Trumpet Winsock.

The Internet really was a wild western frontier back then, with so many things being done for the first time - it was a matter of who was the quickest to market and could anticipate what was needed. P!


A link to your award sir. Well deserved. Enjoy dinner ;)



Serves to get a feel of how the Internet was at the time:

"(Yahoo) lists over 55,000 sites and receives (snip) 250,000 users"

It also serves as an example to enterpreneurs:

"Not wishing to sell Yahoo to the various corporations that expressed interest they found venture capital, took a leave from Stanford, and went for the brass ring. They now devote their full time to Yahoo as the traffic continues to increase."

Indeed, Tattam's work was more revolutionary than the people at the time expected.


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