Monday, 7 March 2016

Ray Tomlinson, the man who put the @ in email, passes away




Ray Tomlinson, the man who put the @ in email, passes away aged 74.

In a 2012 interview with Wired, Tomlinson explained his choice:
“I looked at the keyboard, and I thought: ‘What can I choose here that won’t be confused with a username?’” Tomlinson remembers. “If every person had an ‘@’ sign in their name, it wouldn’t work too well. But they didn’t. They did use commas and slashes and brackets. Of the remaining three or four characters, the ‘@’ sign made the most sense. It denoted where the user was … at.

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