Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam
The term “spam” was popularized back in the
1970’s by Monty Python. The term was used in song and verse in a
series of silly skits. People everywhere were singing “spam, spam,
spam, spam,” over and over, and the term became synonymous with a
According to web guru Brad Templeton, one of
the world’s leading experts on spam, the term, as it applied to the
Internet, was coined by early Internet user groups.
“The term spamming was applied to a few
different behaviors. One was to flood the computer with too much
data in order to crash it. Another was to "spam the database" by
having a program create a huge number of objects, rather then
creating them by hand.
And the term was sometimes used to mean simply
flooding a chat session with a bunch of text inserted by a program
(commonly called a "bot" today) or just by inserting a file instead
of your own real time typing output.”
Templeton also asserts that the world’s first
true Internet spam was sent by a marketer back in 1978:
“The DEC marketer, Gary Thuerk, identified only
as "THUERK at DEC-MARLBORO" (There were no dots or dot-coms in those
days, and the “at” sign was often spelled out.) decided to send a
notice to everybody on the ARPANET on the west coast.
In those days there was a printed directory of
everybody on the Arpanet, which they used as source for the list.
The message trumpeted an open house to show off new models of the
Dec-20 computer, a foray into larger, almost mainframe-sized
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