Δευτέρα, 5 Μαΐου 2008

30th spam anniversary

Στις 3 Μαΐου, αυτό που σήμερα ονομάζουμε "spam emails" έγινε 30 χρονών. Το πρώτο μήνυμα στάλθηκε το 1978 στο δίκτυο ARPANET (στρατιωτικός πρόγονος του σημερινού Internet) από κάποιον Gary Thuerk, υπάλληλο της DEC, σε 393 χρήστες του δικτύου.

Έχουν γραφτεί τόσα πολλά για το φαινόμενο του spam mailing και τα γενέθλια που πέρασαν, ώστε εδώ παραθέτω μόνο το αρχικό αυτό μήνυμα, για ιστορικούς λόγους (ακριβώς με κεφαλαία όπως ήταν το αρχικό μήνυμα, έχει κοπεί μόνο η λίστα των παραληπτών):

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Mail-from: DEC-MARLBORO rcvd at 3-May-78 0955-PDT
Date: 1 May 1978 1233-EDT
From: THUERK at DEC-MARLBORO
Subject: ADRIAN@SRI-KL
To: .........

DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE
DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE
DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS EVOLVED FROM THE TENEX OPERATING SYSTEM
AND THE DECSYSTEM-10 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. BOTH THE DECSYSTEM-2060T
AND 2020T OFFER FULL ARPANET SUPPORT UNDER THE TOPS-20 OPERATING SYSTEM.
THE DECSYSTEM-2060 IS AN UPWARD EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT DECSYSTEM 2040
AND 2050 FAMILY. THE DECSYSTEM-2020 IS A NEW LOW END MEMBER OF THE
DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY AND FULLY SOFTWARE COMPATIBLE WITH ALL OF THE OTHER
DECSYSTEM-20 MODELS.

WE INVITE YOU TO COME SEE THE 2020 AND HEAR ABOUT THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY
AT THE TWO PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS WE WILL BE GIVING IN CALIFORNIA THIS
MONTH. THE LOCATIONS WILL BE:

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1978 - 2 PM
HYATT HOUSE (NEAR THE L.A. AIRPORT)
LOS ANGELES, CA

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1978 - 2 PM
DUNFEY'S ROYAL COACH
SAN MATEO, CA
(4 MILES SOUTH OF S.F. AIRPORT AT BAYSHORE, RT 101 AND RT 92)

A 2020 WILL BE THERE FOR YOU TO VIEW. ALSO TERMINALS ON-LINE TO OTHER
DECSYSTEM-20 SYSTEMS THROUGH THE ARPANET. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND,
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE NEAREST DEC OFFICE
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXCITING DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY.

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Και μερικές από τις αντιδράσεις:

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ON 2 MAY 78 DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (DEC) SENT OUT AN ARPANET MESSAGE ADVERTISING THEIR NEW COMPUTER SYSTEMS. THIS WAS A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE USE OF ARPANET AS THE NETWORK IS TO BE USED FOR OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ONLY. APPROPRIATE ACTION IS BEING TAKEN TO PRECLUDE ITS OCCURRENCE AGAIN.

IN ENFORCEMENT OF THIS POLICY DCA IS DEPENDENT ON THE ARPANET SPONSORS, AND HOST AND TIP LIAISONS. IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU INFORM YOUR USERS AND CONTRACTORS WHO ARE PROVIDED ARPANET ACCESS THE MEANING OF THIS POLICY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

MAJOR RAYMOND CZAHOR

CHIEF, ARPANET MANAGEMENT BRANCH, DCA

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Περισσότερες ιστορικές λεπτομέρειες για το θέμα:

- "A trip down spam memory lane" (New Scientist)
- "Origin of the term "spam" to mean net abuse" (Brad Templeton)
- "Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Spam" (Brad Templeton)
- "Further reflections on the 30th" (Brad Templeton)
- "Spam turning 30 this month; no gifts, please" (Ben Patterson)
- "Τριάντα χρόνια spam" (LawNet.gr)

Για την ιστορία, το 2004 ο Bill Gates (Microsoft) είχε ανακοινώσει ότι μέχρι το 2006 ο κόσμος θα έχει ξεπεράσει εντελώς το πρόβλημα του spam.
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