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Email servers

Does anybody else remember when the job of an email server was simply to store and forward email and it got deleted once it had been delivered?

Email introduced a level of surveillance that did not exist with snail mail. So much so that we now regard it as suspicious when backup records of emails get deleted. One of my supervisors at U was regarded as a bit odd because he kept (and filed) all the hate mail he received - he did say that one day it would be someone's research project into the psychopathology of green ink letter writers - but now we have enormous databases of the ravings of lunatics and nobody seems even slightly surprised.

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