[SIGCIS-Members] Resources on Ayyadurai saga

Ian S. King isking at uw.edu
Sun Jan 22 15:09:54 PST 2017

Another bit of interesting information I found while doing some research
for my dissertation, take a look at this oral history on the CHM site:
http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/catalog/102658003.  Warner
Sinback, in discussing his work with General Electric, talks about creating
an email system.  The timeframe is not clearly defined but it is obvious
from the text that it is prior to 1979, easily placed in the early 1970s
and perhaps as early as the late 1960s.

The body of 'prior art' accumulates.  It certainly seems that the idea of
email was a parallel evolution across the computer industry, not a point
event - and certainly not in 1979 (or whatever date Ayyadurai is claiming
this week).  -- Ian

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM, Glenn Bugos <Glenn at momentllc.com> wrote:

> Don’t think this tidbit has appeared on the list...A few years back there
> was a rock musical in London called Loserville.  It’s now closed, though
> American high schools are picking it up.  It is set in 1971, focusing on
> Michael Dork, a nerdy high school student confused by girls, with a tight
> group of friends, striving to invent email as his “one way ticket out of
> Loserville."
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDUqgUylpVA
> Here’s a high school in Oregon, performing the last act of the play, where
> the brilliant, beautiful and underestimated Holly, blackmailed by the scion
> of military contractor Arch Systems, enjoys the Eureka moment of putting
> “@“ in the address (:45) then passes her secret along to her friend Michael
> (3:30). “After all this time/it seems so obvious/we’re making history/we’ll
> be notorious/so many sleepless nights/it never came to us/it’s so
> simple/it’s genius.”  Then “It’s the birth of the digital/God what a
> miracle/we are really living in the future now.”
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Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
Narrative Through a Design Lens

Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>

University of Washington

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