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    Since we have some lively threads about spam going on elsewhere, I'll come clean. I am a spammer.

    Well.. I *was* a spammer. Cast your mind back to 1988 (that's eighty-eight), picture me as a scruffy student with some of my mates, and a huge stack of brand new 5.25" floppy disks from a factory in Hungary we were trying to sell (at 100% margin). We hit on this great idea of using the university email system to send out an advertising message to all 9,000 people on it.. so we harvested the email addresses from various unprotected log files and set about emailing everybody.

    So, we came in the next day expecting to find our mailboxes full of responses from customers, but strangely our accounts were locked out. So we trotted off quite innocently and asked why, and eventually got dragged up before the head of our department who was fuming.. but this being the tail end of the 1980s, nobody had yet termed the phrase "spam" and it was the first time that anybody had seen it. His point was that if he allowed us to advertise like that, then everybody else would want to do the same.. and how the hell did we get all those email addresses anyway?

    Eventually, after we grovelled enough, we got our access to the computer system back. We sold exactly no floppy disks from that exercise. Heck I think I still have some around..

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    So we have you to thank for inventing spam
    Now see what you did? LMAO
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    According to this history, the first large-scale unsolicited commercial posting was way back in 1978 by Digital Equipment Corporation.

    But (geeky hat on) the first reported large-scale non-network spam was back in 1971, so really that's all we were doing in 1988. I could be really geeky and point out that there's another more subtle links between the 1971 spam and ours, but that would make me a complete anorak.

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    Finally! I'm able to pin the blame on someone!

    Anyone know why it's called "spam"? How did it get that moniker?

    Stupid
    Pathetic
    Attempt (at)
    Marketing

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    It's from the Monty Python Sketch although the exact reason why someone thought of it while trying to describe unsolicited bulk email is a mystery.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Andy:
    Finally! I'm able to pin the blame on someone!

    Anyone know why it's called "spam"? How did it get that moniker?

    _S_tupid
    _P_athetic
    _A_ttempt (at)
    _M_arketing

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    And there are new varieties, SE spam for example

    Sites
    Positioning
    Above
    Mine

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    Of course there's always

    Spiced
    Pork
    And
    Ham



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    Dynamoo, so you were among the first western capitalists jumping into our new Hungarian market... interesting!

    My goals for 2004

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    Most people who know the spam sketch don't understand it.
    The Python team wander into the BBC staff canteen for lunch while the chorus from a Wagner opera is having a coffee break.
    They sing 'Spam spam spam spam' in Wagnerian style.
    Because they're wearing horned helmets, the canteen lady says 'Bl@@dy Vikings!'

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    I thought it was
    Soft
    Pink
    And
    Meaty

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Dynamoo, so you were among the first western capitalists jumping into our new Hungarian market... interesting! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well.. it was just a few boxes of 5.25" disks.. but they were easily the best made disks I've ever seen

    As for..

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Sites
    Positioning
    Above
    Mine<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Sadly there's a few hundred thousand of these at the moment with the new Google update.

    As for..

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Soft
    Pink
    And
    Meaty<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Surely it should be..

    Slimy
    Putrid
    And
    Manky?

    Hey but I understand the Spam Fritter is a popular dish in Glasgow. Yum.

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