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How does it come about that one technology dominates? There are many ways that one technology dominates. Being "better" than competing approaches. Consider a house. When there was only the option of sleeping in a tree, on the ground, or in a cave, a primitive house offered many advantages. Today, a high proportion of the population live in houses, but ...


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Emails was popularised on the internet because it is the medium that best enabled it. The concept of emails actually predated the internet. It originated in 1960s computer networks, where users could login to a central server from multiple remote terminals - not altogether dissimilar from how users access the internet today. Emails as we know them developed ...


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Your basic premise is incorrect. Email did not develop in tandem with the Internet; the Internet simply made it available to the masses. The use of "electronic mail" actually predates the Internet by a considerable margin. Electronic mail was used on ARPANET as far back as the 70's. The first standards were were proposed as early as 1973 (RFC 561). ...


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In the 1980s most people did not have computers, except the college-educated upper middle class, and even then it was mostly knowledge workers, young people and gadget buffs who had them. Nobody had telex machines. Fax machines were only found in offices and there might be one fax machine for fifty people. I worked at one architectural firm, the type of ...



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