‘Email Miles’: Program That Tracks The Distance Travelled By E-mail

email_mile_traks_the_distance_mail_has_covered_quikrpostNew York: A New York computer whiz Jonah Brucker-Cohen has developed a new technology which uses GPS technology to calculate the number of miles an email has travelled before reaching an inbox has been developed. The system also shows the often circuitous route an e-mail takes between computers as it passes through servers housed in enormous data centre owned by large technology companies Google, Apple and Facebook.

“The distance of e-mails is taken for granted and I want people to be able to relate to them,” Email Miles designer Jonah Brucker-Cohen told The Post. The system uses GPS technology and internet tracking to determine where a message was sent and where it was received. It then calculates the total distance between the two and displays it on the screen alongside a map. Brucker-Cohen, 39, said the idea came from a desire to make digital objects more tangible and “down to earth.” He started a FundAnything campaign to raise money so that he can make the plug-in available to the public.

“Email Miles is both a free and open source plug-in for standard email software such as Apple’s Mail and Gmail that scans outgoing emails and their destination servers for their Geolocation, calculates the distance in miles and countries and continents the mail has traveled and tags each incoming email with this info,” reads the FundAnything page of the Email Miles project.

The system also shows how indirect the route of many emails can be. An email sent from New York to Dakar, in Senegal demonstrates how the system works. It first travelled 790 miles (1,271 km) to a server in Chicago, Illinois, and then went 2,163 miles (3,481 km) to Mountain View, California; 1,699 miles (2,734 km) to Dallas, Texas; 4,745 miles (7,636 km) to London; and finally 2,718 miles (4,374 km) to its destination – some 12,115 miles (19,497 km) in all.

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Brucker-Cohen said the system does all of its time and distance calculations using the internet and a coordinate mapping system. “When all of the mileage amounts are tallied, it adds them all and provides the user with a map, the countries, continents and miles the email travelled,” Brucker-Cohen said.

 

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Anurag

Engineer by responsibility and Blogger by choice, Hi I am Anurag Ajmera from Ajmer (by birth) and living in Karnal and Delhi NCR for the last 20 years of my 24 years of life. Passionate about trekking, coding and discovering. I love to meet new people and do sketching in my spare time. Hard on my principles and soft on my skills I love to play football. Vegetarian by force I have respect for nature and its beauty.

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Anurag

Engineer by responsibility and Blogger by choice, Hi I am Anurag Ajmera from Ajmer (by birth) and living in Karnal and Delhi NCR for the last 20 years of my 24 years of life. Passionate about trekking, coding and discovering. I love to meet new people and do sketching in my spare time. Hard on my principles and soft on my skills I love to play football. Vegetarian by force I have respect for nature and its beauty.

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