The world’s first free web-based email service, Hotmail, was launched on July 4, 1996. The date was chosen carefully as it signified “freedom” from ISP based email service – July 4 being the United States independence day.
John Wainwright was Amazon's very first customer. He bought Douglas Hofstadter's "Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought" for $27.95. John has retained the book along with the packing slip (from April 1995) and hopes Jeff Bezos would buy it one day for loads of money! [more...]