||[May. 28th, 2005|04:53 pm]
a pretty good interview with John Myers given around the time I started attending CMU (September 98).I just read |
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 :)
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.
What's next for IMAP? --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.
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."