Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 9th Mar 2016 04:28 UTC
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The sad news promulgated several days ago that Ray Tomlinson passed away on Saturday, March 5th. Most known for his invention of email, Ray also contributed heavily to ARPANET, TENEX, and many other projects. He was one of the many great pioneers in the early days of digital computing technology who helped shape the world as we know it today. While much of his work and many of his contributions have already passed into obscurity due to the ever expanding, glamorous universe of modern technology, his memory still stands as a testament to what the people in our industry are capable of accomplishing even without any precedents.

So long, Ray, and thanks for all the email.

One of the stark realities that becomes more clear from Ray's passing is that many of the technological frontiersmen from the 60s and 70s are closer to the end of their lives than they are to their prime. Another decade or so, and the generation that largely laid the foundation upon which western society in many aspects currently rests will no longer be with us.

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One of the greats passed..
by uridium on Wed 9th Mar 2016 19:47 UTC
uridium
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2009-08-20

Sad. True.

Where would we be now without him? .. without bandwidth spikes at lunch time and many un-featured cats falling into boxes chasing laser pointers on youtube during lunch hour. That's where!

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RE: One of the greats passed..
by darknexus on Wed 9th Mar 2016 20:24 UTC in reply to "One of the greats passed.."
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2008-07-15

They'd have come up with another way to do all that, never fear.

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RE[2]: One of the greats passed..
by uridium on Wed 9th Mar 2016 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE: One of the greats passed.."
uridium Member since:
2009-08-20

*hugs* .. I feel rather relieved now. ;)

Thx.

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Always to remember Ray...
by dionicio on Wed 9th Mar 2016 21:58 UTC
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2006-07-12

That what I refer when chatting about CLASS.

His life work is an asset not to be left to crumble down.

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TOPS
by darknexus on Fri 11th Mar 2016 14:19 UTC
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2008-07-15

I was just reading a bit about TOPS-20 and TenEx along with it. It's a pity they didn't have voice recognition back then, as its command structure seems to me to be ideal for that kind of input. I believe I see the inspiration for a lot of voice input computers in early sci-fi now. Funny how, in some ways with modern voice recognition on phones, we've gone somewhat back to that style of command structure again.

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by Anonymous on Fri 18th Mar 2016 05:13 UTC