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The Start Of The Internet December 24, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in computers.
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While waiting for the Tevatron to come back, I stumbled across this article on the web with the following quote:

The Internet’s been around in some form for decades. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s, though, that the Web as we know it started coming together — and those precious dot-com domains started getting snatched up.

Hmm, that is funny, because I thought the web didn’t start up until the early 1990’s. Indeed:

On August 6, 1991, he posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup.[7] This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet.

I keep forgetting that the “tubes” are so much older than the web itself. For example, TCP/IP – which is the protocol that all web servers communicate by – was very close to its present form in late 1978 (and declared the official standard for the then-existing government funded networks in 1983).

If you want to talk domain names, like bbn.com, you also need to talk about the DNS system – the system that translates the number addresses the computer on the internet works with to the names that we humans like to work with. That was invented in 1983, shortly after TCP/IP started to be deployed.

Looking at the list of domain names and when they were registered from that first article that started me wandering down this path:

1. symbolics.com: March 15, 1985

2. bbn.com: April 24, 1985

3. think.com: May 24, 1985

BBN was one of the companies that did one of the first implementations of TCP/IP.

I tried to figure out when www.cern.ch and www.fnal.gov, and SLAC were registered, but failed (the various whois that I have access to were all returning null results).

At any rate… this is how I have fun at 6am… waiting for beam… [Written last night}

P.S. Check out this techno remix of Steven’s talking about the tubes. Also, check out a implementation of TCP/IP using carrier pidgins (for urban areas only): perhaps this is part of the reason that TCP/IP has remained basically unchanged from the days of 2 computers in the late ‘70’s till now, with millions of them?

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1. The Start Of The Internet - December 24, 2008

[…] jonmccune wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt While waiting for the Tevatron to come back, I stumbled across this article on the web with the following quote: The Internet’s been around in some form for decades. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s, though, that the Web as we know it started coming together — and those precious dot-com domains started getting snatched up. […]

2. Vlasi - December 25, 2008

Thx!


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