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I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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When the internet was just coming into use in the mid-80s I had an account with ibm.net which I used with OS/2 (the on-ramp to the internet!) ... initially had to register with a ~8 letter username but after a bit they announced that users could also register a "Nickname" of any length that could be used as email address - I managed to get des@ibm.net which was my initials + my username at work and I thought it was a goof email address .... until I discovered that loads of french secretaries who had not encountered email before when faced with a box marked "address" were typing in a postal address so I got several emails address to "rue@ibm.net, des@ibm.net, xxxxxx@ibm.net"!

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