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158969.  Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:51 pm Reply with quote

Thought I would put this post, from the E series forum on the outer threads, in here too:

149926. Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:14 am

Researchers at Kings College London have identified a new addiction - email. Addicts check their BlackBerries at socially inappropriate times, and even send themselves messages if one doesn't arrive fast enough.

The researchers say this addiction saps cognitive abilities more than drugs. The IQ scores of email addicts fell 10%, more than twice the fall experienced by users of marijuana.

160341.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:55 am Reply with quote

These days when you turn 100 the Queen sends you an email.
But do you have any idea when Elizabeth first used email?

Answer: 1976

Amongst the 80 facts that were released by the Royals to celebrate Elizabeth's 80th was this:

The Queen became one of the first Heads of State to send an e-mail on 26 March 1976 during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, a military unit based at Malvern, Worcestershire.

The text of the message read:

"This message to all ARPANET users announces the availability on ARPANET of the Coral 66 compiler provided by the GEC 4080 computer at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, England. Coral 66 is the standard real-time high level language adopted by the Ministry of Defence. The message was transmitted over the ARPANET by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her visit to Malvern on 26th March 1976."


160350.  Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:06 am Reply with quote

Great to know that she has such a firm grip on the detail of how her armies run.

Somebody posted on the outer boards recently to say that his granny turned 100 and got neither a telemessage nor an e-mail but a hand-written birthday card from the Queen, so looks like we were behind the curve on that one.


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