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Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, dies at 74

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 06, 2016

Ray Tomlinson, who implemented the first email system on the ARPANET (the Internet’s precursor) and decided on the @ symbol for use in email addresses, died on Saturday at the age of 74. From his biography at the Internet Hall of Fame:

Tomlinson’s email program brought about a complete revolution, fundamentally changing the way people communicate, including the way businesses, from huge corporations to tiny mom-and-pop shops, operate and the way millions of people shop, bank, and keep in touch with friends and family, whether they are across town or across oceans. Today, tens of millions of email-enabled devices are in use every day. Email remains the most popular application, with over a billion and a half users spanning the globe and communicating across the traditional barriers of time and space.

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Obituary of Rupert Pole, with whom Anais

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 01, 2006

Obituary of Rupert Pole, with whom Anais Nin carried on one half of a bicoastal bigamous relationship. “Both men apparently chose to believe her lies, which became so numerous that she wrote them down on index cards and locked them in a box so that she could keep her stories straight.”

Don Knotts, 1924-2006

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 26, 2006

Don Knotts