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Open Source Analyses.
I very much enjoyed your three essays on this topic. A couple of minor niggles though: firstly, there never was any such beast as DARPANET. ARPANET was created when the funding agency was called ARPA (Advanced Research Projectsz Agency) who funded, inter alia, Project MAC and the world's greatest operating system Multics. Later ARPA was retitled DARPA (Defense....) but the network was never renamed. Also, the possessive of the pronoun "it" is "its", not "its'". The writer consistenly gets this wrong. -- Deryk Barker, Camosun College, Canada 17-Jul-2002
Many thanks to Deryk for the info. And for noticing the serious
apostrophe abuse. Actually Deryck was a bit slow off the mark. I had
already been visited by the apostrophe police within hours of my
article appearing. Ok, I confess. I am a serial apostrophe abuser. I
have tried to mend my ways, but it is hard to overcome the
unfortunate habit of a lifetime of such abuse.