Jeff Pache, Publishing Services & Product Development Manager, for inspec (left) posed today with conference chair Martin White, Managing Director, Intranet Focus, Ltd.
Pache says he missed a meeting in the past (but we’ll say, close enough).
When asked what the big topic of discussion was at the early conferences, Martin said it in a word, "Americans."
In the early days of online computing, they explained, it was actually illegal for users in Europe to connect their terminals over phone lines other than those owned by the national PTT authorities.
The online backbones of the day were operated by Telnet and Tymnet, which were outside the national systems. So to dial a computer in California from the UK was theoretically against the law.
They did it anyway.
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