7 Clients

My first email client was VAXmail (later VMSmail), a character-based client that was a part of the VAX/VMS operating system when I first began working with it in the early 1980s. VAXmail was simple and straightforward and got messages through. In fact, you always knew that VAXmail had delivered your messages because it made a direct network connection to the recipient’s mailbox in real time, so if VAXmail returned without an error after you sent the message, you knew it was in the recipient’s mailbox waiting to be read. Life wasn’t perfect in the golden days of “green screen email” and today’s clients are definitely a horse of a different color, but sometimes we don’t seem to have come a lot further than worrying whether our messages ...

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