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Old email addresses

By JeffDeWitt ·
I was reading an old readme file (from a DOS port of Adventure!) and it had the authors email address.

Sent him a note and much to my surprise he answered, he's had that address since 19**!

Does anyone have a clue what the oldest functioning email address is?

Jeff DeWitt

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I started useing

by zlitocook In reply to Old email addresses

email called Eudora; it was the first email program. Home computers didn?t exist until the early 1980?s. That was before the Internet, so the way home computers could send email was by dialing into the same large computer and swapping messages.

I found ways around the log in and had helped with clean up and removing users.
I still have an address with in this group but have not used it in years.

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Very insteresting

by fmendez In reply to I started useing

I am very curious on the naming convention of these email addresses. Can you provide us with some example. e.g.

I am pretty sure it's not like today's email addresses.

Thank you.

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Old email naming conventions

by JeffDeWitt In reply to Very insteresting

I don't know about really old ones, I do know my parents set a couple of emails back and forth in the early 80's and from what Mom remembers it was a REAL pain.

In this case from 19** the address was

Jeff DeWitt

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by SQL_Joe In reply to Very insteresting

If you're talking about the old FidoNet style of E-mailing, it was usually a username for the BBS system that would be receiving the E-mail and then the Fidonet address, which was a series of numbers like 1:126.32.1 (I may be off a little here). The FidoNet address scheme went something like:


Anyway, we used to call sending private mail between users of different BBS's "NetMail" since teh BBS usually had to dial the receiving BBS directly to deliver its netmail OR pass the netmail through the network. The problem was, not all BBS's allowed passing NetMail, and many did not allow their users to send Netmail. On the BBS I ran, I allowed users that had donated to the BBS to send netmail, and my system actually did connect to the receiving BBS directly to deliver it.

For non-private mail, there was many different E-Mail systems and they worked a lot like a mailing list works today. Folks could read mail on the BBS, or use a utility like BlueWave to download all the mail and read it off line, then upload their replies when they were done.

This really brings back some memories.


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Thank you..

by fmendez In reply to FidoNet

Thanks for sharing this information with me and the rest of the readers. It's really interesting, because when I started playing with emails it was back in the early 90s, and by that time we did have CompuServer, Prodogy, and AOL.
I've read and studied a lot about the Internet history (the ARPANET) and I remerber about BBS site and how we had to dialed to these systems to download through the gopher protocol a directory list; but, if you look around there are not reading materials on these old email systems.
I guess I will have to google it some more ...

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Check out the old Newsgroups

by s-f In reply to Very insteresting

You can see a lot of the older addresses in the newsgroup archives at Google... One of my first accounts was (no longer active) which I used about 1988-19**.

As I recall, almost all the accounts at that time were either .mil or .edu but followed today's rules... There were other email systems, but they all tended to be self contained until they created internet friendly converters...

I too had a Compuserve account, which I dumped when I became a MSN Beta tester...

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Original Windows 95 Beta Testers

by Ike_C In reply to Old email addresses

Anyone of the original Beta Testers for Windows 95 would have a really old e-mail address. Even though the ARPANET and the different UNIX (HPUX-AIX), Mainframes etc., offered some sort of e-mail service, the so-called official world-wide-web came alive with the introduction of Windows 95. There were many thousands of people test-driving W95 prior to its official start date and most of them had MSN email accounts that they used even then. Mine is still alive with msn.

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To add a little to that

by frank_s In reply to Original Windows 95 Beta ...

If you were beta testing Windows 95 you got an offer to also beta test the proprietary MSN service. My main email is an address I got then and still use every day. I got my first email address in 1988 and it was my member number (it's long gone and I don't remember the number any more). I had joined PC Magnet, PC Magazine's forum, which was on Compuserve after buying a genuine Hayes "high speed" 2400 Baud modem for $300+!

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Um no

by JamesRL In reply to Original Windows 95 Beta ...

My Canadian Internet Handbook (second edition, signed by the authors) published in 1993 shows dozens of ISPs in Canada at the time, all of which provided email services. The web was alive before Win95.

I was a beta tester of Netscape in 1994, having been a user of NCSA Mosaic in late 93. These tools were in widespread use on both Macs and PCs with Win 3.11, though the setups for Win 3.11 were a little trickier (Winsock setups).

I too was on BBSs in the 80s, then moved on to Compuserve, which had an internet portal.

In 1993 I moved to a "real" ISP and that address was my main one up until I switched providers a few months ago. That 13 year old address was a huge spam target.

My ISP hasn't shut down access to that account, so I can still read the incoming emails, though I can't reply.


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I think Al Gore

by emar1000 In reply to Old email addresses

has the oldest email adress........ well i am sure you know why...... har har har.

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