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Your opinion of spam is probably a matter of context: Spam can either be the canned meat from your bachelor days, a hilarious Monty Python sketch or one of the most annoying PC occurrences this side of the Blue Screen of Death.

Digital spam actually got its name from the comedy routine. Though the first known unsolicited e-mail was sent in 1978, spam gained its moniker and greater frequency in the 1980s. Users in early forms of chat rooms and Usenet groups would discourage new users from participating by posting blocks of Monty Python script or entering "SPAM" repeatedly. Either way, it shuffled the newbies' entries off the screen.

In the 1990s, the spam ball really got rolling when two attorneys began flooding the Usenet and e-mail with advertising for their law firm. Today, spam has slithered its way further into our digital lives, making appearances in blogs, instant messaging, search engines, and mobile phone text messages. It's hard to believe something so evil shares a name wit

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