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Chapter 13. Email > Choosing an Email Client

Choosing an Email Client

From the start, the Internet has been touted as a means for enhancing human communications, and among the many communication tools available in the online world, few have had the impact of electronic mail (email).

Email began innocently enough in the early 1970s when engineer Ray Tomlinson developed a way for users on remote machines connected via ARPAnet (the predecessor to the Internet) to leave messages for each other. Tomlinson began with an existing messaging program called SNDMSG that only allowed users to leave messages on a local machine. He developed a transfer protocol to allow SNDMSG files to be sent over a network and chose the @ (at) sign to distinguish the server location from the sender and recipient.


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