[ih] Any suggestions for first uses of "e-mail" or "email"?

Bill Ricker bill.n1vux at gmail.com
Sat Aug 8 08:49:58 PDT 2015

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 2:47 AM, Brian E Carpenter <
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:

> > But I don't think there's much written
> > material about that battle between TCP/IP and X.25 in the ARPANET arena.
> I'd say that battle was mainly fought in Europe.

​I have to point out that Padlipsky's book "Elements of Networking Style"​
contains lightly edited primary source material with "prefatory
afterthoughts" added on the fight over whether the MILnet successsors to
(d)ARPAnet would be based on the ISO/OSI standardized stack and reference
model or the ARPA TCP/IP  stack and model.  It's not the whole book, but
one might not exaggerate to say it's the primary conflict presented.

​The book is "in print" only in Ready-Print at this time.  If a historian
researching the standards-wielders ' attempt to subvert the open-ness of
the Internet needs a dead-tree copy to understand the MILnet/DODIIS/...
political intrigue and the resistance of the "Old Network Boys" from the
NWG, contact me off-list.

Highlights (included as ready for framing slogans in appendix too):

   - Beware of the panacea peddlers: just because you wind up naked doesn’t
   make you an emperor
   - Layering makes a good servant but a bad master
   - If you know what you’re doing, three layers is enough; if you don’t
   seventeen won’t help
   - If you build a better mousetrap, the voluntary standards organizations
   will plod a path at least 37*°* off-course from your door
   - Standards should be discovered, not decreed
   - Oversold, underdesigned, and years from here

[For those younger than I, the last is a delightful riff on the English
complaint of Yank soldiers quartered in Britain pre-D-Day ... 71 years ago
... were "Over-paid, Over-sexed, and Over-here". Yes they appreciated our
assistance but side-effect of the ravishing of their pubs and young ladies
there-to-fore supposedly patiently waiting for Tommy Oversea. ]

Miles asks,
> but weren't the battles really between 1822 and X.25, and then TCP/IP vs.
the ISO stack?
> After all, 1822 and X.25 were both single subnet protocols, with

Yes, the names selected as "champions" of their camps aren't directly
comparable Oranges to Footballs (American or European?), but X.25 was the
element of interest to Telcos so was their champion. The real competition
was OSI RM [or  ISORM (eye-sore-m) as MAP called it] vs the (d)ARPA suite
of protocols based on TCP/IP (sometimes called ARM).

Bill Ricker
​The Literary Estate of M.A.Padlipsky​
bill.n1vux at gmail.com
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