Oct. 5th, 2008

On 5 October 1993, I sent an email message from a Macintosh computer using Eudora, a mail client licensed by Cornell University for its students to use. This was not the first time I had done this. I had been at Cornell for over a month by the time this event occurred, and had been emailing regularly. What made this message different is that I saved it, moved it to my main computer at the time, and therefore still have it in my main mail client's mailboxes today.

I had been sending and receiving emails for at least two years by this date in the fall of 1993, but most of them have been lost to the sands of time.

This message has made its way through at least five different computers, countless versions of Eudora, and now OS X's Mail.app.

It is joined by about 5000 other outgoing messages saved on my main computer now, and probably well over 15,000 incoming messages.

How far the Internet has come in those same fifteen years, but email stays as it always has.

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