Re: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian2012-02-18 20:08:56
On 2/18/2012 5:39 PM, Carl S. Gutekunst wrote:
He holds the patent for Auto-reply, among other things.
Yeah, he's characterizing it that generically. The patent claims are rather more constrained.
I don't remember when auto-replying happened first, but I'm pretty sure it was the 70s. Certainly sendmail enabled such capabilities. Arguably so did MMDF. My guess it was in some earlier systems.
d/ -- Dave Crocker Brandenburg InternetWorking bbiw.net