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Send yourself an email to arrive in 20 years ! - 11/9/2005 6:28:21 AM   
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Finance magazine Forbes.com wants you to send an email to your future self in two decades time.

The outfit is collecting together thousands of emails and will hold them as a digital time capsule. In 20 year's time they will email them back to you.

Although the scheduling the e-mail for future delivery is pretty easy the actual storage of them over that length of time is not. Forbes does not plan to store the emails physically, it wants to do it online.

Forbes says the software designed to look after the emails has been written so that it can be easily adapted to new network technologies that might come along. It has also signed up Yahoo to guard the emails on the basis that a large giant like the search outfit will survive 20 years.

Although it cannot guarantee the program it has written to store the emails will work and there is a lot that can happen in 20 years, Forbes hopes that it has built enough latency into the system.

The weakest link is still the humans who send the emails. Few people have the same email addresses they had a decade ago and there does not seem to be anyway of avoiding this problem built into Forbe's planning.

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RE: Send yourself an email to arrive in 20 years ! - 11/10/2005 5:10:01 PM   
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Great, what's the betting those who do have the same address will get a deluge of 20 year old SPAM!

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RE: Send yourself an email to arrive in 20 years ! - 11/16/2005 4:11:22 AM   
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probably a spamm collector

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RE: Send yourself an email to arrive in 20 years ! - 11/28/2005 10:05:06 PM   
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actually that sounds really cool not for the ppl whom will have the same emails but it would be awsome to get a amail from the past in 20 years

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