A friend of mine on Twitter said that he remembers when the MIME format for email attachments was competing with the UUencode format for email attachments — kind of like VHS versus Betamax. Here’s the Wikipedia article on the format that lost.
We heard from Mahrokh the other day about Snowden’s email provider Lavabit shutting down — turns out they’ve come back with a program called “Dark Mail.”
By the way, did you know that the email state employees (such as faculty like me who work at state-funded universities like GMU) are all technically public records? As long as the email isn’t covered by student privacy acts like FERPA, anyone can request to see my GMU email because it’s a public record. Technically.