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The first e-mail programs were created in the late 60s/early 70s—simpler times, when everyone on the network was trustworthy. Even knowing what we know today

is responsible a verb  Engineering Task Force (IETF) is responsible for managing RFCs. The RFCs have some unusual features: They are completely free and available online. Many standards organizations make quite a lucrative business out of charging for their standards documents. This is not the case for the IETF. RFCs tend to be written by one or a few authors. As a result, they are usually quite clear. They also tend to avoid “standards-by-committee” syndrome—they are much simpler than standards documents from typical

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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