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SMTPSMTP is pretty much a house-hold term.  My wife, a non-technical person, was asking me questions on SMTP when trying to connect her mail agent on her smart phone to her Google email-account.  Referring back to Wikipedia, SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) can be traced to 1960s.  Communication between mainframe computers used electronic messaging.  As more computers were interconnected, especially in the US Government’s ARPANET, standards were developed to allow users of different systems to e-mail one another. SMTP grew out of these standards developed during the 1970s.  Ray Tomlinson of BBN invented for TENEX computers to send mail messages across the ARPANET.  I actually had the privilege of using a mini-computer at Annenberg School of Communications, USC in 1977 to send a message to a friend in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.  Development work continued throughout the 1970s, until the ARPANET converted into the modern Internet around 1980.

Trojan Let us forget about my attempts to commercialize it, but what I was not aware that Jon Postel published the specifications for SMTP in RFC 788 in 1980, and later in 1982, RFC 821.  Jon Postel was part of the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California.

Amazing that over three decades ago, I had touched a piece of technology that would become one of the dominant pieces of collaboration today.  Proud to be a Trojan!

Written by Subbu Murthy

July 20, 2014 at 1:18 am

Posted in Social Networking

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