For CONFER II from Bob Parnes

posted Feb 27, 2012, 8:39 AM by Jeff Ogden
From: Jeff Ogden
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:14 PM
To: Bob Parnes
Cc: 'Zoe Gurevich'; 'Neda Gholizadeh'
Subject: Re: news from the MTS archiving / preservation / resurrection project

Thanks.  Was the V for VAX (a type of machine) or for VMS (VAX/VMS, an
operating system)? Unix ran on VAXes as did VMS.

Bob, I don't know if I will be able to, but if I find a version of Confer II
what would you think about adding it to the MTS systems that we are making


From: Bob Parnes
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:48 PM
To: 'Jeff Ogden'
Cc: 'Zoe Gurevich'; 'Neda Gholizadeh'
Subject: RE: news from the MTS archiving / preservation / resurrection project

   You are correct. The V was indeed for VMS, not VAX. My thought is that
it probably wouldn't be a good MTS system without Confer II on it. It would
be great if you could make it happen. Thanks for asking.
Note that Confer
needed someone to create entries into a master file of active conferences.
An individual user could not create a conference on her/his own. I was that
top level person on UM & UB.

From: Jeff Ogden
Subject: permission to make CONFER available
Date: February 27, 2012 8:15:45 AM EST
To: Bob Parnes


I remember asking you if it would be OK to make CONFER available as part of the MTS materials and that you said yes. At least I think I asked and you replied, but I can't find a copy of such an e-mail exchange and I'm wondering about my memory for such things from the last year (much less 20 years ago). 

So, just to be sure, is it OK for us to make CONFER available as part of the MTS distributions?

This will of necessary be an object code only release. The copyright to the code will still be owned by you or by Advertel.


From: "Bob Parnes"
Subject: FW: news from the MTS archiving / preservation / resurrection project
Date: February 27, 2012 10:46:10 AM EST
To: "'Jeff Ogden'"

   Here's a copy of the e-mail where I said yes, or at least where I
intended that what I said be taken as a YES.
   Is there an accessible description of the current efforts to create an
MTS distribution? Something in a journalistic style (who and why) rather
than a technical style would be easier for me to read, of course, but I'm
hoping this request doesn't add a burden on you to create something.

[the e-mail message Bob refers to in this message is the one he sent on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM. -Jeff]