On Sep 14, 2010, at 5:01 PM, Rich Wiggins wrote:
MSU did indeed run MTS, precisely to run Confer. . . . We ran it Second Level under (well above, depending on your perspective) VM. Jim Bodwin installed it. I have a hilarious story about Jim in the basement of El Az.
On Sep 17, 2010, at 6:32 PM, Rich Wiggins wrote:
[A note addressed primarily to Paul Wolberg an MSU staff member in the 1980s.]
. . . We did indeed run MTS at MSU. We most definitely did. We ran it to run Confer. Paul Hunt [CIO at MSU] wanted conferencing at MSU. I guess The Well was not as easily ported, and we had a virtual environment that could run Confer. Paul Hunt wanted MSU to be a leader in social networking int in the 1980s. It's likely that's not a vision we all understood.
So Paul said we would run MTS and Confer. UM's Jim Bodwin came to EL a half dozen times to get it going. You were part of the project. You and Jim and I had some fun times getting it going under VM.
As I recall, MTS went in surprisingly easily. It woke up in the virtual environment and just worked. We maybe did 5 IPLs. More testimony as to the elegance of MTS.
MSU ran MTS in production for 3 or more years until other online social networking tools matured and became more popular. It was still mostly server-side code back then, and it took a while for things to evolve to a true peer-to-peer world. MTS was mostly host-side, as of the times.
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On Dec 2, 2010 1:58 PM PST, as part of a longer message Jim Bodwin wrote:
I can confirm that I installed MTS under VM/370 at MSU. And I can also confirm the dinner at El Az! I think that the margaritas had something to do with the fact that it was so memorable.