strangest systems I've sent email from

John Willis chocolatejollis38 at
Wed Apr 20 17:33:27 CDT 2016

My first experiences with internet mail would have to qualify as the

My family gained access to the internet in 1988. We'd dial into the NMSU
terminal server (my mother was a professor there) and connect from the
terminal server to an S/390 running VM/ESA and do an IPL CMS to get to a
reasonable shell that afforded access to e-mail, the XEDIT editor, and the
Charlotte web browser. The challenge was that for the first few years, we
didn't know we needed a 3270 emulator, so CMS would go into a strange mode
that only somewhat worked... If you made a mistake in typing, you had to
start all over. But, I ultimately figured out how to get a SLIP connection
going from the terminal server and use a proper TN3270 client to access the
mainframe instead of ProComm Plus. It wouldn't be until 1994 that the
university allowed access to the public internet directly through SLIP or

I want to set up a VM environment on Hercules to relive those times, now
that I am light years more competent.

*John P. Willis*
Coherent Logic Development LLC

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