Lunch over IP: The natural history of the @ sign

Lunch over IP: The natural history of the @ sign

Reading Bruno Giussani is a delight. This history of the “@” or “at” sign is a keeper. Bruno is my favorite Swiss blogger and info theory blogger out there.

“The precise birth date of e-mail is unknown, but technology historians set it somewhere in late 1971, when a then 30-year old American computer engineer, Ray Tomlinson, did what he unassuming calls “a quick hack”. He successfully sent the first electronic message from a computer to an account (his own account, in fact) on another computer.”

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Lunch over IP: The natural history of the @ sign”

  1. The early Atex systems (1973 – modified DEC PDP-11s) had what was probably the first commercially deployed email systems, as well as the forerunner of today’s IM.

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