Saturday, December 1, 2007

Computer Term of the Week - Electronic mail (e-mail)

What exactly is electronic mail (aka: e-mail, email)? It's something that many of us take for granted these days. It's almost synonymous with PC's and the internet. The humorous ad from Honeywell from 30 years ago how reaction to it when it was new. I hope to share a bit of history and a definition.
Email actually pre-dates the internet with it's first uses in the early uses in the early 1960's and was a crucial tool in creating the internet. Seems it was first used to transmit messages between mainframe computers . A complete history can be found at Wikipedia.

A couple of definitions:

Wikipedia : E-mail, short for electronic mail and often abbreviated to e-mail, email or simply mail, is a store and forward method of composing, sending, storing, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems.

Webopedia: Short for electronic mail, the transmission of messages over communications networks.

It's gone from geeks sharing programming code and pocket protector fashion tips to sharing recipes, photo's, messages, spam for drugs, scams and more schemes. wonderful isn't it? There are web based email's like Yahoo Mail or Gmail or separate programs like Microsoft's Outlook or Mozilla's Thunderbird. In short it's a quick and simple way to share text based messages among family, friends, co-workers, business's etc. Thanks for coming by.

Next week: Fragmentation

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