Say Good-Bye to an Old Email Friend

Back in the days when email messages were delivered from machine to machine, much like snail mail which goes from person to person, there was a service called the Unix-to-Unix Copy Protocol (UUCP), kind of the Pony Express of email. Although the UUCP still serves a vital function to less-developed parts of the world, much of this service has been replaced by the instant messaging capabilities of the Internet. As a result, the UUCP mail service is finally, sadly, getting ready to close its doors, and those who remember the service as innovative and pioneering are sad to see it go.

The UUCP is still used today to bring Internet service to remote areas of the world where an Internet connection may only be made every few months instead of daily and constantly. But the mail mapping service that the UUCP once provided is about to pass into oblivion. We should all take a moment to watch as a proud soldier marches into the clouds.


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