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Re: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian

2012-02-18 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.


  Dave Crocker
  Brandenburg InternetWorking