June 28, 2001
5:38 PM   Subscribe

Jim Ellis, co-creator of usenet died today. He was 45.
posted by rebeccablood (7 comments total)
"Ellis and the other creators of Usenet, including Steve Bellovin and Steve Daniel, made no money from it, said Carolyn Ellis, because it was not set up as a commercial venture."

sigh. as if they needed to ask.
posted by holgate at 5:58 PM on June 28, 2001

This is extremely depressing, considering how much I've been relying on Usenet (via Gooja) lately for research and fun. It's endlessly entertaining.
posted by waxpancake at 6:16 PM on June 28, 2001

gooja... did you make that up, or is it widely called that?
posted by machaus at 6:46 PM on June 28, 2001

posted by ZachsMind at 7:06 PM on June 28, 2001

Sad news. My introduction to the internet (~1992) was reading the usenet group rec.games.chess using my dad's university UNIX account. Usenet remains where I spend my time when I'm slacking off at work or when I have a spare moment to spend.
posted by gyc at 7:51 PM on June 28, 2001

machaus: I've always called it Gooja.. or Dejagoo.... Usually Gooja, though. A lot of other people call it Gooja, too.
posted by smaugy at 9:36 PM on June 28, 2001

Irony. The MSNBC article asks readers to discuss the relevance of Usenet on their discussion board.
posted by thijsk at 1:17 AM on June 29, 2001

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