The very first email.

In 1971 Ray Tomlinson sent the first successful email from one computer, to another sitting right next to it – through ARPANET. He used the @ sign to delineate what host the user receiving the message was on, as ARPANET had a number of hosts systems connected to it. His machine was a Digital Equipment Corporation KA10 (PDP-10) with 64K (36-bit) words of (real magnetic) core memory, which is known today as a ‘calculator’. The message received would be printed out on a teletype machine. Tomlinson can’t remember his first message but stated it was “QWERTYUIOP or something similar.”

Tomlinson currently spends his time working on his side projects; removing the god-damned ‘~’ from every url ever, and resurrecting GeoCities.


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