My name is Jacques Chester. By day I am a software engineer. By night I am a computer science honours student, operator of the Ozblogistan blog network, hobbyist Olympic weightlifter and startup wannabe.
In a comment below mine, another poster called nailer mentioned that the creator of Trumpet Winsock saw very little money from one of the most widely-used pieces of shareware then in existence. Magazines and ISPs distributed the full version of his software but very few paid for it.
My first experience connecting to the internet was using Windows 3.1, Trumpet Winsock and Netscape 1.22 (I think) to browse the nascent web. Later I wiled away (too many) hours on IRC.
At the time I didn’t have two 50c coins to rub together. Today, partly due to that early internet exposure, I am doing alright for myself.
Well I was struck by the sad story that a man who opened up the internet to millions largely missed out on his fair share of the outcome. I suggested that perhaps we could look for a way to help out the creator.
A poster called badmonkey0001 identified Peter Tattam as the creator of Trumpet Winsock. The two of us contacted him independently — in my case by telephone.
At our prompting Peter set up a Paypal account where you can make donations. I invite you to chip in to reward a man whose work let so many of us open the door, for the first time, to an important part of our lives.