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anandvy
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Re : Celebrating 40 Years of Email & Ray Tomlinson
anandvy   6/23/2011 6:08:27 PM
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Al Maag,

 Thanks for the post. Let me confess, I didn't knew anything about "Ray Tomlinson" till i read your post. Thanks to Ray for inventing Email because it is one great communication tool which has revolutionized the way we communicate.

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Clairvoyant   6/23/2011 7:12:33 PM
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Wow, hard to believe it's been 40 years since the beginning of email.

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Tvotapka   6/24/2011 12:11:07 AM
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Wow. That brings back fond memories...like the first AOL install CD...the shrill chatter of an external modem connection...floppy disks when they were floppy.

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saranyatil   6/24/2011 1:34:57 AM
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Al Maag,

Thanks for the post! Wow we have come so far where Email has become bread and butter for most of us.

Ray, thanks for the 200-plus emails I get each day -- though I am not sure if I love you or hate you for this gift.

 Sometimes even I keep wondering why do we have emails, it gets so monotonous when we spend half the time in replying to emails. at the same time an email is a  mightier tool for communication.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Email & Ray Tomlinson
mario8a   6/24/2011 1:56:31 AM
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This is a great article, what if Ray charge 1 Cent for each e-mail send/received during 40 years?

Just like an e-mail might replace a phone call or a visit to your office / home, what could replace e-mail 40 years from now? 

Regards

 

 

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Re: Celebrating 40 Years of Email & Ray Tomlinson
mfbertozzi   6/24/2011 4:45:47 AM
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The other thing I would like to mention is about Google (as email, it plays a key role in our connected life). If we consider it came from Edward Kasner as expression conceived  in 1920 to state big numbers, we could think our Internet technology and era has started about one century ago...

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TaimoorZ   6/24/2011 9:08:44 AM
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"Ray, thanks for the 200-plus emails I get each day -- though I am not sure if I love you or hate you for this gift."

Interesting post, Al Maag. I am not sure if I agree with the last line. I don't think any technology alone can be blamed for it's harmful effects. It's the usage of the technology that makes people either love it or hate it. I can relate to your feelings about handling tons of spam and junk emails every day, however, this cannot undermine the importance and usefulness of emails in our lives.

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Tvotapka   6/24/2011 1:53:08 PM
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TaimoorZ is right; you can' t blame the technology. I once saw a great "Code of Honor" list that included a line:

"Do not accept or give any communication you are not prepared to take in or give out."

Sounds easy, but when you think about it, it really is as simple as that where email is concerned.

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Hospice_Houngbo   6/24/2011 3:08:15 PM
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Email technology is awesome, but it comes with some minor inconveniencies (spams, unsollicitated ads ...) we just have to bear.

Besides there are tons of ways to get rid of junk emails.  

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Ariella   6/24/2011 6:38:03 PM
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This 40 years of email history was made into an infographic, which you can view here

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pocharle   6/24/2011 10:34:31 PM
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Ariella,

Great plug! I love those.

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Re: Celebrating 40 Years of Email & Ray Tomlinson
Al Maag   8/2/2011 1:08:42 PM
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that was cool/thanks

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t.alex   6/26/2011 3:34:28 AM
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Interesting bio about the history of email. I belive it is by far the most effective form of communication. Businesses cant grow fast without emails right?

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t.alex   6/26/2011 3:34:39 AM
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Interesting bio about the history of email. I belive it is by far the most effective form of communication. Businesses cant grow fast without emails right?

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The free email accounts created the communication revolution
prabhakar_deosthali   6/24/2011 2:21:25 AM
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Thanks to Ray Tomlinson for foreseeing the future 40 years back.  As I remember , back in early nighties it was the free email accounts provided by Hotmail and Yahoo that truly made this a medium for mass communication.  Here in India we had very slow internet speeds then with those 56K dialup modems. The free email accounts came with 1MB of storage space then and the attachments of even 100k size would take sometimes hours to download. Todays broad band, fast processors and  unlimited stoarge space on email accounts has created a very versatile medium for official as well as personal communications today , so much so that our day does not start and or end without  those emails.

 

I remember the time when as the IT head of my company we installed our first email server. We had  a lot of difficulty in explaining our staff and customers  how the @ sign in the email address had to be typed as @ and not as "at" especially when giving somebody's email address on phone.

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jbond   6/24/2011 7:03:34 AM
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It is hard to believe that email has been around for forty years. I have to admit that I never knew Ray Tomlinson invented email until I read your article. It is amazing to see the progression of email through all the years. Now our inboxes are full of junk mail instead of our mailboxes. I'm curious to see how the next 40 years change the email system.

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alawson   6/24/2011 12:12:21 PM
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@jbond - I was thinking the same thing as I read this post--about the next 40 years of change. However, I believe its already begun--its just that those of us entrenched in email usage daily have yet to see it. But I'm catching on quickly...

I recently saw Socialnomics author, Erik Qualman's updated "Social Media Revolution" video on YouTube and a couple of things caught my eye:

1. Generation Y and Z consider email passe

2. Many universities have stopped distributing email addresses to students


These weren't the most powerful insights in the video, but are relevant here. So when you think of the next 40 years and what that means for email, I'm afraid it means the end for it as a viable medium. How can email compete with such fast-moving entities as Texting, Twitter, etc.?  Even I find little time to check my personal email. I get my news and my greetings and have my conversations with tools that provide fast, if not immediate feedback.

I may be the anomaly for folks my age, but I am the norm for the coming generation. But that's personal email. What about businesses?

My real question is, could business communication survive without email?

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Celebrating 40 Years of Email & Ray Tomlinson
Anna young   6/27/2011 7:51:47 PM
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Awsome! Did not realise Ray Tomlinson invented email.

This is a good achievement. E-mail has enhanced communication in many respects both privately and publicly. It has equally contributed to the reduction of paper usage (it's quicker to email than write a letter), reduce the cost of posting letters and most importantly accelerate and connect people, businesses all over the world.

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pocharle   6/27/2011 10:36:42 PM
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the USPS wouldn't agree with you.. but I do!

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Wale Bakare   6/30/2011 6:14:58 AM
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Many great thanks to the inventor of email - Ray Tomlinson. It worths celebrating considering the impact of email technology in the world today.





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