John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
John Kahane

  • Mood:
  • Music:

30 Years of Spam

Believe it or not, today is the anniversary of spam e-mail.

Thirty years ago today, May 1st, 1978, Gary Thuerk was a salesman for Digital Equipment Corp. He managed to connect a computer to the Arpanet (what the Internet was called at the time), and sent a message advertising a new computer to 390+ folks on Arpanet. He was slapped down by the first "stop sending us spam" type message, and it didn't happen again for another 10 years. However, the model was set, and today about 120 billion spam messages are sent each day, accounting for 85 percent of all Internet traffic.

And we owe it all to Mr. Thuerk.

Happy birthday, Spam. We hates you, we does, yes, we do.
Tags: birthday, computer, spam

  • International Human Rights Day

    Just a reminder to folks. Today is International Human Rights Day. This seems like a good day for a donation to your favourite or preferred…

  • R.I.P. Alex Trebek (1940-2020)

    Sad, terrible news in the world of entertainment and game shows. The terrific Sudbury-born quizmaster and host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek has died…

  • R.I.P.: Sir Sean Connery (1930-2020)

    Terribly sad news in the world of entertainment today. Legendary actor and James Bond portrayer Sean Connery has died at the age of 90. Sean…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened