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March 29, 2012

Barbershop made internet history

The Guardian (UK):

Twenty years ago this month, 100 American web geeks opened their inbox to find a bizarre email. Inside the message were two attachments. The first was a photograph of the Telephone Chords, an a cappella quartet comprising four hirsute IT researchers. The second: the Chords’ recording of an old barbershop favourite, Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

But the attached content wasn’t the weirdest thing. It was the attachment itself. This was the first functional attachment ever, or at least the first one most people could actually open. People had sent attachments before, but they were mostly useless because recipients couldn’t open them unless they shared the sender’s email system. This was the first time someone had sent something that was compatible across most email programs. And that someone was the quartet’s tenor Nathaniel Borenstein. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at March 29, 2012 12:00 AM