[ih] Origin of 'talk' command

John Day day at std.com
Thu Dec 19 13:05:27 PST 2002

At 11:26 -0800 12/19/02, Brian Dear wrote:
>I've placed PLATO's TERM-talk terminal-to-terminal talking 
>capability to 29 years ago today (see 
>www.platopeople.com/termtalk.html) but I'm curious if there were 
>other inter-terminal talking facilities up and running prior to 
>that.   Most likely candidate I figured was Unix's "talk" command.

Yes, Tenex had such a facility.  You could link terminals.  And we 
were using a network version implemented by Jim Calvin by 1972 or so. 
And I believe that it was demonstrated at the ICCC conf.


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