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Happy Birthday, Internet!
« on: September 02, 2009, 08:29:54 PM »
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Happy Birthday, Internet!
Published: 2009-09-02,
Last Updated: 2009-09-02 10:21:59 UTC
by Marcus Sachs (Version: 1)

It all started 40 years ago today, when a couple of computers were connected by a long gray cable in order to pass some data.  The experiment was funded by the Advanced Projects Research Agency (ARPA) and the project was called the ARPANET.  By the end of the year, four sites were connected.  Today it's hundreds of millions of computers and we call it the Internet.  National Geographic has a story and some video here.  Wikipedia has a nice timeline for the ARPANET here.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 09:11:06 PM »
Never knew that the internet was so young.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 11:28:45 PM »
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I was in my 1st of college studying computer programming & operation when the Internet was born.   ;)


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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 11:39:54 PM »
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I was in my 1st of college studying computer programming & operation when the Internet was born.   ;)


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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 11:48:13 PM »
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And where was Al Gore ???    ;D ;D


While I understand why you ask ... I don't know and I don't care.    ;D


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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 01:18:58 AM »
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I was in my 1st of college studying computer programming & operation when the Internet was born.   ;)


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I had been working for 2 years after graduating college and just started to work on the big IBM System 360 Model 65 that had 256MB main memory housed in a machine frame as big as a small washroom.

My first contact with the Internet was in '91 I believe when a co-worker gave me a demo of something called Mozilla and OS/2 Warp browser later to become IE:
http://www.os2bbs.com/OS2News/OS2Warp.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS/2

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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 03:07:12 AM »
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And where was Al Gore ???    ;D ;D


While I understand why you ask ... I don't know and I don't care.    ;D


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I only know where he should of have been from 2000-2004.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009, 03:22:11 PM »
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I was in my 1st of college studying computer programming & operation when the Internet was born.   ;)


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And where was Al Gore ???    ;D ;D

probably grooving to the beats of Woodstock which concluded a fortnight before that year.  ;D

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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009, 05:56:20 PM »
On that date, 2nd Sept 1969 I had almost completed one year of my first overseas posting in Malta and I was 18 1/2 years young and zero interest in computers, hadn't even seen one ;D

At that time my interest was Parachuting, having completed my Military Parachute course and done some Sport Parachuting. We used to have to go to Cyprus and Libya to jump so not much of it done until we got permission to parachute on Malta (Sport Parachuting).
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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 08:26:51 AM »
I remain sceptical that 1969 was the first time they connected two computers together 'with a long grey cable' - though it probably was the day the first test was done with ARPANET. In 1969 I was at University and we used to log onto the computer there via a remote teletype terminal. Indeed even in 1968 this was very common. I would be surprised if somebody somewhere had not had two computers connected in a primitive network. OK, computers at that time were pretty crude, 4k of core store and normal input via punched tape and cards. At least we didn't have to worry about viruses....

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Re: Happy Birthday, Internet!
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2009, 08:40:43 AM »
Your right. the safe days. Computer viruses are only 27 years old:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=computer-viruses-are-25-years-old
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