9 Intenet Firsts

1. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. He said that the very first test message most likely said “QWERTYUIOP” or something along those lines.


2. The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. All it does now is to serve as a historic website.




3. The first website was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991. It’s still here! http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

4. The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.



5. The first item sold on eBay (back then it was called AuctionWeb) was a broken laser pointer for $14.83 in 1995. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar that he collected broken laser pointers!

6. The first sentence uttered on Skype was spoken in Estonian on April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.



7. Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID number 4 (the first three Facebook accounts were used for testing). The first non-founder to join Facebook was Arie Hasit (below), who is now in Israel studying to be a rabbi.

8. The first YouTube video posted was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched nearly 10 million times.

9. The first tweet was written by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. It’s still here: https://twitter.com/jack/status/20




Reach Inbox Zero!

A common problem that faces all PC users is an over-cluttered inbox. Many inboxes are full to the brim with thousands of emails. It takes twenty minutes to find an email from six months ago. It is impossible to tell at a glance whether something is from a friend or from a website. That’s why you need to keep your inbox fully organized!

Some email providers make this easier than others! Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com (Hotmail) both allow you to create folders, but Gmail is harder: I will cover that in a sec.

Yahoo Mail and Hotmail

First, simply make new folders. Here is an example list of what some could be called:

  • Personal
  • Social Networks
  • Receipts
  • Account Info
  • Newsletters
  • Promotions
  • Games         etc.

Now you need to go through your inbox, starting from the very first email you ever received. Decide which folder it should go to and move it there. Then repeat the process until every email is in the right place. This can take a very long time, so be patient! Once everything is properly filed, then treat yourself to a nice cup of tea, because you have reached Inbox Zero!


tidy gmail




Gmail is a little trickier. The new tabbed inbox design is difficult to navigate and frankly just annoying, so you need to remove that first. Once that’s done, you need to add new labels. Gmail doesn’t allow you to add extra folders or inboxes, so labels are the only way forward! You should add a similar selection to above. Also, you should hide labels that you don’t need, which are:

  • All “Categories” Labels
  • All “Circles” Labels (unless you want them)
  • “Starred” and “Important” (unless you use them)
  • “Notes” and “Chats” (unless for some reason you use them)
  • “Trash” (Why would you want it?) and possibly “Spam” (It’s a good idea to keep this one showing in case an email is accidentally marked as spam)

Then, finally, begin to start categorising emails! Soon, you will reach Inbox Zero!

Top 5 Email Providers

1. Outlook.com

In my opinion, the descendant of Hotmail is the best web-based email provider. Why? Well, it has a brilliant UI and general appearance. It is fully integrated with Skydrive via a tab at the top, and provides unlimited mail storage. And you can have up to ten aliases with it.

2. Gmail

Gmail is very good, but not quite as good as Outlook.com. For instance, it only provides you with 10GB of mail storage (a lot, but it still runs out). Also, Google Drive is not as integrated as Skydrive is to Outlook. The UI is more complicated and the appearance is not as good. Not to mention the new system of 5 inboxes which makes it hard to find anything unless you spend a long time setting it up!

3. iCloud Mail

iCloud.com has a sleek interface and is simple to use, and comes with unlimited mail storage. It also has Find my iPhone built in, which is quite invaluable. It doesn’t have a free cloud service, but a paid one is in beta.

4. Yahoo

Yahoo mail is more limited than the others in terms of cloud storage. It does, however, have a great interface and appearance, and comes with unlimited mail storage. Plus it comes with pretty cool @rocketmail.com addresses!

5. K.st

While not very loaded with features, K.st (K Street) comes with the shortest domain names on the planet, making an 8-character address possible! The appearance is pretty mediocre, and there is no cloud service and a lot of advertising, but hey, who cares when you have such a sweet email address?


Also, don’t forget http://www.fakemailgenerator.com/

This allows you to make a temporary email address for signing up to dodgy sites. It even lets you receive confirmation emails! The account is then deleted as soon as you close the webpage, but you are now signed up for a website someplace.

Switch back to the old Gmail

Gmail has recently introduced a new layout to its inbox.

This consists of several different tabs, and all you emails are categorized automatically between them. Unfortunately, many emails do not appear in any of the tabs, and even if they do, it is a nightmare to find them!

There is no setting to revert to the old inbox. But…

Here is a simple way to get the old inbox back!

1. Click on the cog at the top right, then click on settings.
2. Go to the “Inbox” tab.
3.Change the inbox type to “Default”, and then deselect all the categories apart from “Primary”.
4. Go to the “General” tab, scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”.
5. Now go back into settings and click on the “Filters” tab.
6. Click “Create a new filter” at the bottom.
7. In the “Doesn’t have” box, put in a long string of random letters and numbers. e.g. edaf5fghbenzs34jkgdn. Leave all the other boxes blank.
8. Click “Create a filter with this search”
9. Tick the box “Categorize as” and choose “personal” from the dropdown menu.
10. Click “Create filter”.
(11. If Gmail prompts you to save changes, then repeat step 4)
Now, all your emails will go to one inbox which you will see when logging in!
You can, of course, just go to the “All mail” inbox on the left, but it is a bit of a hassle having to do that every time. And it doesn’t get rid of the annoying and irrelevant tabs in the main inbox.