Tech Talk: E-mail Quiz

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When was the first e-mail message sent?

An engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message in 1971. The message had nothing to do with Nigerian banks or home equity loans.

What's the name for the program or service that lets you view e-mail messages?

E-mail clients are applications that let you send, receive and view e-mails. Some are desktop applications like Microsoft Outlook. Others, like Gmail, are Web-based services.

What is a port?

Ports are data connections designated by a specific number. In order to access a specific process on a server, you have to contact the correct port on that server.

What does the SMTP in an SMTP server stand for?

A Simple Mail Transfer Protocol server handles outgoing e-mail messages.

What two kinds of servers handle incoming e-mail messages?

A POP3 or an IMAP server handles all incoming e-mail messages.

To which port does the SMTP server listen in order to accept incoming messages?

An SMTP server monitors port 25 for outgoing e-mail messages.

What is the name of the program that allowed early e-mail users to convert attachments into strings of text?

Because e-mail messages can only include text information, attachments must be converted into text. Before automation, e-mail users had to do this by hand with the uuencode program.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, what percentage of U.S. Internet users have used e-mail?

A 2007 study said that 91 percent of all U.S. Internet users had logged onto the Internet to send or read e-mail.

What does IMAP stand for?

The Internet Mail Access Protocol (IMAP) allows you to read your e-mail even though the messages themselves remain on the mail server.

Which of the following is considered to be poor e-mail etiquette?

Using LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS IS A BAD IDEA. That's because it seems like you're shouting at the message's recipient, and very few people enjoy being yelled at.

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