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Usenet Co-Founder Jim Ellis Dies

By Raunchola in News
Fri Jun 29, 2001 at 03:28:13 PM EST
Tags: Internet (all tags)

Jim Ellis, the man who helped to create the pre-WWW system now known as Usenet, died of cancer on Thursday. In 1979, while at Duke University, Ellis and Tom Truscott thought of the idea of sharing information via directly linked computers. Twenty-two years and 93,000 groups later, Ellis and Truscott's creation still flourishes.


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Usenet Co-Founder Jim Ellis Dies | 7 comments (4 topical, 3 editorial, 0 hidden)
A moment alone, please. (1.97 / 34) (#1)
by Sylvestre on Fri Jun 29, 2001 at 01:02:40 PM EST

To celebrate his life, I need a moment alone.

With a small towel.

And some Jergin's.

Can I close the door for a few seconds?
-- Firearms are the difference between free people and subjects.
It's safe to say that the people.... (4.00 / 6) (#6)
by John Miles on Fri Jun 29, 2001 at 08:17:59 PM EST

... who modded this down, have never been on Usenet.

For so long as men do as they are told, there will be war.
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help fight lymphoma in memory of Jim Ellis (5.00 / 2) (#5)
by redowa on Fri Jun 29, 2001 at 05:11:30 PM EST

One way to truly honor Jim Ellis' memory (and his contributions to the internet as we know it) would be to help find a cure for the cancer that killed him.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (nat'l. non-profit org.) has this amazing program called Team in Training - basically, you train for an endurance event (marathon, century cycle, triathlon, etc.), and in exchange for 3-5 months of professional coaching, staff support, and transportation, accomodation, plus entrance fee for your event, you agree to fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

It's such an inspiring experience. It's totally do-able - you can go from complete slothdom to finishing a marathon in just a few months. And you get to meet patients with various blood-related cancers, and hear about their experiences - after you find out what chemo & marrow transplants are like, suddenly your upcoming 14-mile practise run doesn't seem so hard - and you directly affect their chances of survival with every dollar you raise. It is such a good feeling, both physically and mentally, to be a part of this program.

this was announced (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by aphrael on Sat Jun 30, 2001 at 11:47:57 AM EST

no fewer than three times at USENIX --- in the main session yesterday morning, and in scattered sessions the day before.

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