Category Archives: email

The Web Goes Public, First Email From Space, Grace Murray Hopper and COBOL

August 1, 1967 The US Navy recalls Grace Murray Hopper to active duty. From 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy’s Office of Information Systems Planning and was promoted to … Continue reading

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Should I Check Email? (Infographic)


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Now it’s time to leave the capsule if you dare

Twenty years ago today, the first email message was sent from space to earth. The Houston Chronicle reported:

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Today in 1536, Florentine merchant Francesco Lapi used the @ sign for the first time in recorded history. 

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First Spam

Today in 1978, the first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail was sent by Gary Thuerk, a marketing representative of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) to all 393 users of ARPANET on the west coast of the United States. The e-mail is an invitation to a demonstration of … Continue reading

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This Day In Information: 1st Postmaster General

Today in 1789, Samuel Osgood became the first Postmaster General under the U.S. Constitution. The next year, 1790, the U.S. Postal Service moved 300,000 letters and 500,000 newspapers, according to Richard John’s definitive history of the American postal system. Says … Continue reading

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The InfoStory Quant: 250 million business email subscribers

IDC forecast the number of business email subscribers (e.g., Blackberry) to grow 36.5% annually and surpass 250 million in 2014.

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