Email Is 40 Years Old This Month

The Next Web notes that October marks the fortieth anniversary of the first sent e-mail. Obvious jokes about how long it was before the first spam email was sent aside, October's a momentous month for those of us who use email. These days, that's all of us. It was forty years ago this month that the first email was sent via the attractively named SNDMSG utility on ARPANET. It's not clear as to the exact date of the first email, but network engineer Ray Tomlinson was the man responsible for sending the first email, in this case to himself. After all, who else had an email address back then?

Questions of date accuracy aside, what do you get a forty year old that gets around a lot, associates with some very shady characters and logically can't eat bacon? [The Next Web]

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