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[May. 28th, 2005|04:53 pm]
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I just read a pretty good interview with John Myers given around the time I started attending CMU (September 98).

Choice quote:
Concurrently with the IETF work, I wrote an IMAP4 server that was designed to be scalable. That was the Cyrus server. We named it after Cyrus the Great of Persia (599-530 BC), the Persian emperor who instituted the first scalable postal system - or so we thought. Later research showed that it was actually Darius, not Cyrus, who instituted the postal system. I believe Cyrus came later. It may have been Cyrus who first instituted secure messaging, sending spy reports inside dead rabbits - I'm not up on all the details.
Just think -- all that confusion with Cyrus IMAP, Cyrusoft, and Cyrus Daboo could have been avoided if the server had just been named correctly in the first place :)

Additionally:
What's next for IMAP? --
Right now, most products are still coming up to speed on what can be done with IMAP4. In the next year or two, the IMAP community will be tackling localization and sorting, perhaps also a feature known as "annotation."
And here, 7 years later, we're still waiting for even a Proposed Standard to do these things (SORT, ANNOTATE, and ANNOTATEMORE are all still only internet-drafts). Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: nolemming
2005-05-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a blast fromt the past... Nice find.

And here, 7 years later, we're still waiting for even a Proposed Standard to do these things (SORT, ANNOTATE, and ANNOTATEMORE are all still only internet-drafts). Oh well.

While the internet community as a whole is really to blaim, I think in part this is a sign of the problems within Computing Services these days. To some extent I think that John was one of the last true visionaries to work for us. Without people like him I think we're adrift. More and more I feel like Computing Services is falling behind the curve, allowing others to take the innovation initiative. Its sad to see it happening.

I'm really wondering if dariaphoebe has the right idea. Maybe its time to move on.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2005-06-01 04:04 am (UTC)
I think its pretty clear that the direction the division has taken has been intentionally away from innovation.

As for moving on, I encourage it.
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