Thursday, August 07, 2008

The stagecoach couldn't handle the weight of all those ones and zeroes

Nicole was trying to download some kind of software application to her phone just now, and she had a little bit of trouble. The website asked her for a "valid Internet e-mail address", and apparently every one she tried was being rejected. Something about being "too long," even though every one she tried was under 20 characters total.

I had to laugh at the redundancy of "Internet e-mail address". I mean, what other kind of external e-mail address is there? Bicycle? Pony Express? Railroad?? Telegraph?? I suggested that if she still couldn't get in, maybe she should type her address in Morse code.

She told me that she finally got through by (reluctantly) using her work e-mail address, which ironically, is probably the longest one she has.

1 Talked Back:

At August 7, 2008 at 6:56:00 PM CDT, Blogger Matt and Lori Graber said...

A comment on email addresses...Today in my summer class on Geography of Oregon, we were presenting to the class our fieldtrip that we took. Some people used thumbdrives, CD's, and internet locations (facebook/myspace) to access their pictures. One gal was typing in her email address into myspace and the first part of her name was "catfood". Of course, I had to ask why she choose that--it's her nickname because she use to eat the catfood when she was little. It's interesting to hear the story of email addresses and their origin. My 2 cents :)

 

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