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Date:      Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:11:35 +0000
From:      Steve O'Hara-Smith <>
Cc:        Ottavio Caruso <>
Subject:   Re: terminology and history (was Re: Re updating BIOS)
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On Wed, 12 Feb 2020 08:30:47 +0000
Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions <> wrote:

> The "amateurs from the ham radio community" are (and at least were
> back in the 70s) much more skilled than you paint them. The first form
> and shape of "workable" wireless data transmission was Packet Radio,
> developed by and for hams.

	Indeed KA9Q[1] was a wonderful piece of software essentially a
multi-tasking operating system with a set of useful built in applications,
that started in packet radio and wound up the goto tool for getting onto
the internet at home. The alternatives for getting an MS-DOS machine online
were horrendous by comparison.

[1] I downloaded FreeBSD 1.1 using it.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <>

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