Granny often gets fed up with technology. She can never figure out just what her laptop is about to do next and the internet is just a total mystery to her. The funny thing is every now and then she surprises you because she pulls something off. That is, she attempts to do something on her laptop and it just works. However, she then goes to do the same thing again a week later and asks you to do it for her. When you tell her that she did it successfully last time she either gives you her stock reply of, “No I never”, or else says she’s forgotten how she did it. So when she told me she wanted to email a photograph from Facebook to her friend Terri, I was expecting the worse.
Today we were saddened by the news that Ray Tomlinson has died. Now most of you will probably be thinking “who the hell is he?” Unlike many others Ray stayed very much in the background but the internet pioneer was responsible for inventing email. The US computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another. His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now standard.