I have my own opinons, but they only go back as far as 1989-ish…
So, you might think I am bragging, but I was responsible for the commercialization of TCP/IP and the technical infrastructure of the commercial Internet. In 1990, only the government, universities and commercial labs were operational members of the Internet. That all changed immediately after my presentation.
As Chief Internet Architect, I rolled out DHL’s internal “Internet” to nearly every country on Earth. DHL owned over 80% of all commercial shipping on the planet at that time. FedEx only operated in the US and was only about 5% of the market.
After I was done there, I started working for a startup in “Silicon Valley,” and I had the sweetest job on Earth — I was in charge of all IT and I had no limit on my budget. I could spend as much as I wanted. I was in Fat City and I wasn’t going anywhere.
That is until Brian Wenger sent me a simple email: “Do you know the world’s best network architect?” To which I replied, “You’re talking to him. What do you need?” I probably still have that email on mag tape in storage. I have kept every email I ever sent or received since 1985.
Soon, Sky and I were exchanging emails at a fast and furious pace, negotiating my terms of employment. For youngbloods who don’t understand why old school people use email so much, we want a permanent record so we have evidence in court in case a dispute arises. Email has been around almost 40 years. Email records have saved many an ass & many a career and probably billions of dollars in lawsuits.
When I came to EarthLink in April, 1995, Sky was openly announcing in our weekly staff meeting that he had a dream of reaching 2,000 subscribers.
Well, we kinda went a little ways past that
Martin Leufray III