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The History of Email: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Email has become so entrenched in our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine living without it. Like most technological advancements though, it has certainly evolved since its inception. From chatting with friends across the world to sending a message to a coworker a cubicle away, email has gone from simple networks to a world wide phenomenon.

1. QWERTYUIOP – The First Email Message (1971)


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In 1971, Ray Tomlinson, a computer programmer, was the first to send an email using the @ symbol to denote the message-sending computer. The first email was “QWERTYUIOP”, the top row of the keyboard, and was sent between two computers right next to each other using ARPANET (a military funded, pre-Internet) as the communication medium. Upon being asked why he invented email, Tomlinson responded simply, “Mostly because it seemed like a neat idea.” He had no idea where it would lead.

2. The First Modern Day Email Was Sent By a University (1978)

Les Michelson, a professor of High Performance and Research Computing Division at the University Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), was one of the pioneers of modern day email. He got word of a gifted student, Shiva Ayyadurai, at a local high school who was an expert at computer programming. Together, they invented the current email delivery including To, From, CC, subject, body, and attachement. They also developed the delivery process including the Inbox and Outbox. In 1978, UMDNJ became the first fully functional email system for the less computer literate.

3. Eudora Was the First LAN Email (1988)

As the popularity of email started to rise, University of Illinois researcher Steve Dorner seized the opportunity. In 1988, he developed Eudora, which was the first program of its kind to send emails via a Local Area Network (LAN) connection. The program was first used at the University of Illinois, and in 1992, was purchased by Qualcomm. This was to be the predecessor of modern email.

4. Hotmail Was the First Free Email Service (1996)

With the easy interface and convenience of email, a consumer-based system on the newly founded Internet became a potential cash cow for programmers and businessmen. In 1996, Hotmail was developed as the first consumer-friendly, free email system. Hotmail remains one of the most heavily used email addresses in the world.

5. Advertising Emails Outnumber Personal Emails (ca. 1997-2000)

As more and more people used Internet around the world, businesses found that the best way to reach customers was through email marketing. Not only did it save companies money by not having to send out junk mail, it could reach customers globally. By the late nineties, advertising email outnumbered personal emails.

6. Blackberry Introduces Mobile Email (1999)

In 1999, Blackberry became the first mobile phone company to make email readily accessible from a mobile device. The advent of this technology quickly gained popularity. Today, it seems impractical and impossible not to be able to access email from a phone.

7. Hotmail is Still the Most Popular Email Service (2012)

Today, there are a variety of email service providers. Gmail, Yahoo, local internet providers, and Hotmail continue to be the most utilized. However, Windows Hotmail is still the most used service; it has 35 million more users than Gmail. As email services continue to become innovative, there are likely more candidates for the most used email in the future.

Email, from its inception, is certainly a communication medium that has changed the world around us. No better way exists to communicate with people around the globe in seconds with the click of a mouse. Which leaves us to consider what the next great communication breakthrough will be. But for now, email is king.

How You Can Succeed in IT Online Training Courses Even When Other Students Fail

Dropout rates are higher for online students than those in traditional classrooms. Most online students who dropout do so after completing their first class. Keep yourself out of this demographic with these tactics for improving your online schooling experience.

Equip Yourself with the Materials You Need


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In a traditional classroom, students with used books and older technology can fare just as well as those with a brand new text and latest laptop. Online learning requires more of an investment in supplies. If your computer can’t run the proper programs quickly or efficiently, it’s easy to become discouraged. Make sure you have a good Internet connection and all the software you need to support your schooling. This is especially important in the IT field where computers play a big role in your subject.

Get to Know Your Peers

Isolation is often cited as one of the reasons online students decide to drop out. The online classroom doesn’t have the same sense of support and community that you’ll find on campus. Students can compensate for this by forming a friendly peer community on the Internet. Use Google hangouts to meet your classmates and collaborate on projects, form study groups, or just get acquainted.

Get Acquainted With Your Professor

Take the time to introduce yourself to your professors in an email or online chat format as early as possible. If there are special chats or forums where you can ask for extra help, make an effort to frequent them and get to know your professors better. Never hesitate to ask for help when you need it. Good online professors are just as accessible as those at traditional institutions. You only need to take the initiative to reach out to them.

Actively Participate in Online Discussions

It’s easier to sit in the back of the class and avoid notice online than it is in person. Doing so may result in an enhanced feeling of disconnectedness, though. Get involved and participate actively in online discussions. Set a goal of speaking up at least three to five times in every discussion, even if you don’t have a specific question. Participating will help you absorb the content in your IT courses better.

Organize Your Time and Space to Facilitate Your Goals

Many online students are busy balancing IT training courses at online.bryantstratton.edu with a family and full-time job. This can lead to a high drop out rate among students who fail to organize their time and space properly. Give yourself a dedicated work space for school. If home is too hectic, head to the library, a coffee shop, or anywhere you can focus. Keep a detailed calendar so your time is well-organized as well, allowing for school, work, and home commitments.

When you’re smart about avoiding some of the pitfalls of online learning, you can enjoy the many advantages associated with the online classroom, such as a flexible schedule, affordable education, and extreme convenience. Online courses make a solid IT education easy to get no matter how far you are from a college campus.

Author Bio:

Mandi Rogier writes and researches web content on a range of topics including business and education. You can find her work on many blogs and websites including eHow and USA Today Travel Tips.

Top 200 Causes Chosen for State Farm Grant Vote-Off

   State Farm, which is the leading car insurance company in America, is choosing the top 40 charitable causes that will receive a $25,000 grant. The State Farm Neighborhood Assist program is made up of 30 students from across the country to look over each cause and choose the top ones out of the thousands of causes sent in to State Farm. The philanthropic team have chosen the top 200, but now it is up to America and Canada to decide which of these communities should receive the $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant.

    Many of the submitters have contributed to the voting process. Some cause contributors were as young as 13 and some were octogenarians. “Another inspiring detail we noticed was the oldest cause submitter was 86 and the youngest was 13, really demonstrating the fact that people of all ages want to help their communities get to a better state,” explained Youth Advisory Board member Cynthia Villalvazo. “On top of that, 167 of the cause submitters were between the ages of 13 and 19 showing that youth are a big part of this program!” Voters can go to www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist to chose which causes should receive the grant prize. Voting ends April 22.

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

Do More People Cheat in Online Classes than Traditional Face-to-Face Classes?

Many people think it’s easy to cheat in an online classroom setting. There’s no instructor watching you while you’re taking tests and no one to monitor the resources you’re consulting, so how would anyone ever know? It’s not necessarily easier to cheat in an online setting, but cheaters do use different tactics.

Plagiarizing Answers from the Web


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If you’re working towards a DeVry University online degree or a similar program, you’re taking exams online. Students cheat by using Google or other resources to look up answers, but some get caught by copying responses word-for-word from the Web. Instructors are now implementing strict no plagiarism policies to combat this behavior.

Online proctoring is a remote monitoring system used to capture screen casts while students are signed into exams, which verifies whether a student left the exam window. If a student visits Google or another resource to look up answers, they’ve been caught.

Writing Notes on Your Arms or Under Labels

Students in physical classroom settings can’t refer to Google, but they do try tactics such as writing some pertinent notes on their arms, under the brim of a hat, under a band-aid or inside the label of a water or soda bottle. While they try to hide this by wearing long sleeves and being as discreet as possible, this trick is nearly impossible to get away with today. More schools are using proctors for better monitoring during exams, so there are more than one set of eyes watching test-takers.

Having Someone Else Take Your Exams

Students get caught trying to stand in for other students on exam days—both in online and real-world classrooms. Some students even use this technique to get better scores on their SATs. That’s why formal exams, such as the SAT, have strict identification requirements. In an online setting, web cams are sometimes used to verify the test-taker’s identity.

Other methods of collaborating with friends include using hand signals and other signs to communicate responses, copying another student’s responses by looking at his exam, and taking a picture of exams with a smart phone to share with friends. These are tactics that only work in in-person settings, however.

Referring to Textbooks and Notes

Unless you’re taking an open-book test, you shouldn’t be referring to your textbook or your notes. Online instructors have a harder time monitoring this behavior. Evaluating the time it takes a student to enter a response is one way to detect a student referring to outside resources, but it can’t always be proven.

Administering tests in real time and limiting the allotted time to complete exams and each question also helps to make sure students don’t have time to consult other resources when they don’t know the correct answer. These techniques don’t totally prevent cheating, but they do deter some cheaters from trying.

Cheating is never a good idea, no matter how easy it is to get away with. It’s becoming more difficult to get away with cheating in online formats as well as in classrooms. Regardless, cheating doesn’t serve you any valuable educational purpose, and it could get you penalized if you get caught. Make smart choices to get the most from your education.

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