Skip to comments.Internet turns 40 with birthday party
Posted on 10/29/2009 8:15:34 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
"Technology stars, pundits, and entrepreneurs joined the Internet's father on Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his culture-changing child. "It's the 40th year since the infant Internet first spoke," said University of California, Los Angeles, professor Leonard Kleinrock, who headed the team that first linked computers online in 1969.
Kleinrock led an anniversary event that blended reminiscence of the Internet's past with debate about its future."
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That’s interesting. I don’t think the Internet became ubiquitous until about 1997 or so. I think the first online service to offer it was Prodigy, if I’m correct and that wasn’t until 1993 or so.
do people work for the Internet. I have never seen a job that states it is looking for workers for the internet. Where do they all work?
Is it really run by gerbils on little hampster wheels?
Who pays the workers?
No one is in charge of the Internet, but almost everyone contributes.
The Internet is like the web-version of a free market economy.
Looking at it this way, we should no more allow the encroachments by government into cyberspace than we should our own economy.
It’s not a perfect system, but it works better than anything else.
“I dont think the Internet became ubiquitous until about 1997”
Yes, to say the internet is 40, is like saying Television
was invented when Marconi transmitted a spark.
so your broadband is free? You get free telephone to for dialup? We all pay for it one way or another is there not a Internet tax that Slick Willy levied on all phone users?
You’re right. I can remember using Fido-net BBSes through a 300 baud Hayes modem. That wasn’t the Internet. I can also remember when this new “toy” called Mosaic came out...what does it have that Usenet and ftp don’t? LOL
I remember working for the Associated Press in 1983 and transmitting articles to Compuserve back then. At the time, the AP had one of the most extensive non-Government networks around, and it was transmitting articles, photos, and syndicated material all over the world.
The government doesn’t necessarily control it.
I was not advocating any kind of telecommunications tax with my post. I was merely pointing out that for the most part, it is a stateless medium with no centralized control.
I think we can agree that’s a good thing, right?
I can remember using ARPANET, Good grief Im old ye gads sadness in my household.
I can’t find it now but an earlier story stated the first message sent over (what became the net) went from UCLA to Stanford, a distance of just over 400 miles. The message just read, “Lo”. It was supposed to read, “Log on” but the system crashed after 2 letters.
That’s amazing for 1983. I wouldn’t have even imagined digitized photos being transmitted over any network back then. That was the summer we plugged in our Apple IIe and welcomed ourselves to the world of computing at my house. I was 12 years old.
“...but the system crashed after 2 letters.”
They must have been using Windows 95.
“BBSes through a 300 baud Hayes modem.”
Yes, I remember the BBS system, but I was seriously limited
by living in the country and having to pay long distant
charges for a telco line. Not much fun running 300 baud at 20 cents per min.
I did, however run radio teletype, which would be the early form of internet, and that was in the 1960s, worldwide, and to multiple stations at the same time.
We even had teletype art, images made from combination of letters and symbols. From Tennessee, I could communicate by
RTTY, all over the world.
I fortunately lived in the city and 300 baud was enough for some interesting text games.
We were so amazed when 1200 and 2400 baud came out. These days a slow connection is 1,000,000 bps. We’ve certainly come a long way.
I don't know if they were digitized, actually. I know the trade name was "AP Laser Photo", so I think it was an analog method of scanning grayscale values and varying the intensity of a laser following a scan pattern at the other end on a sensitized paper. The never went through the computer.
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