Sunday October 09, 2011

Email is Forty Years Old This Month

October 1971, a string of characters was sent from one computer to another by Ray Tomlinson heralding the age of email. From that humble beginning, its use grew in use on ARPANET and finally evolved to its use on a wide basis on the Internet. Happy 40th birthday!

As Tomlinson told The Times in 2008, he doesn’t remember what that first email actually said آ– perhaps ‘QWERTY’ or another string of characters, but whatever it was, it traveled a distance of one meter between two separate computers

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