Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A Missed Birthday
Last Saturday was the birthday of spam. No, not the meat product that is loved in Hawaii, but rather that much loved filler of inboxes. According to the newspaper, 30 years ago the users of Arpanet, the US government-designed precursor to the Internet, logged onto their accounts to find what is considered the first piece of unsolicited commercial email ever sent. It was a pitch for a new computer. Of course, everyone was apoplectic.