Remembering Trumpet Winsock

by Keith Vance

Peter Tattam's Trumpet Winsock was a widely distributed application, but he didn't make much money from it. Now is your chance to give something back to the man who made connecting to the Internet with Windows 3.1 possible.

Back in the mid '90s, before Windows 95 and when Linux wasn't much more than a cool idea, to connect to the Internet using Windows 3.1, you needed an application called Trumpet Winsock.

The man that made that application was Peter Tattam. While his software was widely distributed by ISPs and magazines, he didn't make much money from it.

Hacker News Jacques Chester tracked down Tattam and is leading a fundraiser for the software engineer here.

So if you remember that annoying process of connecting to the Internet using Windows 3.1 and a modem, it was Tattam that made it a lot less annoying. You can still download Trumpet Winsock from the official Web site.

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This article was originally published on Wednesday Mar 9th 2011
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