R.I.P. Ray Tomlinson, inventor of internet email

Hailing frequencies open… Forums Phosphor Dot Fossils Gaming History R.I.P. Ray Tomlinson, inventor of internet email

This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by Earl's previous regeneration Earl’s previous regeneration 1 year, 7 months ago.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #576

    Not gaming related, but probably has more of an impact on your daily life. [LINK]

    Tomlinson sent the very first email back in 1971; at the time, he was working in Boston at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, a company that was instrumental in the development of a very early version of the internet, called ARPANET. As an employee, he was “looking for problems [ARPANET] could solve,” Tomlinson told The Verge in a 2012 interview.

    Others had thought about sending messages to other users before, and there were some early versions that let you share notes to users on the same computer, but Tomlinson came up with the SNDMSG command. Unlike what came before it, SNGMSG actually sent mail files to the recipient’s computers. It was the first networked messaging program.

    He also decided to use the @ symbol to designate a user from its host. The decision lifted the humble symbol from obscurity to international icon — it even entered MOMA’s collection in 2010. The fact it was little-used at the time made it appealing to Tomlinson, as it reduced ambiguity. Also, as he liked to say, “It’s the only preposition on the keyboard.”

    May a flight of pre-screened-for-spam angels sing thee to thy rest, Ray.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Comments are closed