[TUHS] who invented the email attachment?

Nick Downing downing.nick at gmail.com
Sun Mar 19 14:11:53 AEST 2017

I can't speak to the original question since I was not around at the time,
but uuencode is really cool. When I first saw it, probably in connexion
with a BBS of some kind, I immediately went and wrote my own 6.5 bit
encoder based on some number corresponding to the number of printable
characters available which when squared gave a 13 bit number. Played around
with this and gave it to a friend for fun to exchange messages in. But the
original is obviously much more in use :)

On Mar 19, 2017 1:41 PM, "Dave Horsfall" <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> On Sat, 18 Mar 2017, Mary Ann Horton wrote:
> >  1. Originally, our files were all plain text and we just included them
> in
> >     the email message body.  The ~r command in Kurt Shoen's Mail program
> was
> >     typical.  There was no name for this, we were just emailing files.
> 1.5 They started to include in-line shell scripts, then we piped them
>     into the "unshar" utility, which did basic security checks.
> --
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will
> suffer."
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