Happy birthday, Internet

by bobsilber 29 replies
Arpanet, the first World Wide Web incarnation, began quietly in September 1969 at UCLA

Happy birthday, Internet -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Of course, commercialization of the Net came much later with the introduction of the graphical browser.

Interesting factoid: The first clickable web ad (which later came to be known by the term "banner ad") was sold by Global Network Navigator (GNN) in 1993 to Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe, a now defunct law firm with a Silicon Valley office. GNN was the first commercially supported web publication and one of the very first web sites ever.

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    And in 1987 I was doing the research for US West's business cases for the ISDN and X Windows.

    Wow - time flies when you are in cyberspace.
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  • What about the 28.8k and AOL 2.0!
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    • Profile picture of the author KimW
      Originally Posted by vckloong View Post

      yeah.. i still remember those x386 PCs and those 56K dial up modems... Happy Birthday Internet!
      Originally Posted by TrafficGuy Claude View Post

      What about the 28.8k and AOL 2.0!

      You guys started late huh? Before 28.8 was 14.4.

      But,


      My first modem was a 300 baud.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Kim,
        My first modem was a 300 baud.
        YEAH!

        I've been cleaning out junk, and looking for mine in the process. Thing weighed more than most current laptops.

        I know a guy whose first online linkage was using an acoustic coupler... THAT is old...


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        • Profile picture of the author seasoned
          Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

          Kim,YEAH!

          I've been cleaning out junk, and looking for mine in the process. Thing weighed more than most current laptops.

          I know a guy whose first online linkage was using an acoustic coupler... THAT is old...


          Paul
          Not THAT old. 8-( MY first connection was acoustic! I'll never forget in highschool, I would hook up, a guy would come in with a milk carton, put it quietly on the floor, step back, and POUND his foot onto the milk carton. The noise startled everyone, and sometimes caused the connection to break.

          Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by KimW View Post

        You guys started late huh? Before 28.8 was 14.4.

        But,


        My first modem was a 300 baud.
        And before that was 110! Happily, the first modem I actually BOUGHT could do 300. EVENTUALLY, I got a 1200(212, NOT 202, YEAH)! Then a FULL 2400, 9600, 19.2K, "56K", and then finally a cable modem. I have almost as many modems as I do computers! 8-(
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by TrafficGuy Claude View Post

      What about the 28.8k and AOL 2.0!
      What about 300baud and compuserve, or was it the source? Telex?

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    A perspective on the same subject, from one of the old-timers:

    Happy Birthday, Internet!
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      A perspective on the same subject, from one of the old-timers:

      Happy Birthday, Internet!
      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your kind heads up. The referred article is full with interesting stuff about the Internet.

      J.D.Falk wrote: "...I know you can do it, Internet. I have faith in you. We all do. And we'll help.

      Happy 40th birthday."

      I think, the future is unpredictable if we add our own to it.

      Regards,

      Sandor
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Sandor,
        The referred article is full with interesting stuff about the Internet.
        Yep. Stuff most people woould never think about, but should.

        It's knowing the history that lets us understand the culture. And JD comes from the original online culture. A lot of that is shaped by the technology, and still pushes back against the new stuff, even among newer netizens.


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        • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
          Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

          Stuff most people woould never think about, but should.

          It's knowing the history that lets us understand the culture. And JD comes from the original online culture. A lot of that is shaped by the technology, and still pushes back against the new stuff, even among newer netizens.
          Paul,

          Agreed. Very interesting, where the Internet started from and where is currently. And how many great men added his own idea to it while Internet became like this. Thanks for them.

          I know, the Internet is making fun sometimes or annoying us sometimes. Nevertheless, without the Internet our life would be poorer. It is a device for gaining knowledge, it helps to become acquintanted with the other countries, cultures, humans. I feel if nations know each other a bit better then many problems can be solved beetwen them.

          And naturally it is a device to build online or offline business. Without the Internet we couldn't enjoy the WF community, too.

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    • Profile picture of the author UtopianDreams
      Thanks Paul for the link the article is an interesting fun read
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  • Profile picture of the author MustafaKamal
    Life without internet? equals 'disasterous'.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Who knew that after 40 years the internet would not only be a way to connect people but also become one of the hottest marketplace in the world. Almost all big offline businesses are tapping the internet for commercial purposes. Recently even big car manufacturer GM launched an eBay site..

    Happy Birthday Internet!

    All Success!

    Raul Omar Diaz
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  • Profile picture of the author johnbro
    What made the global domain a global village with all us villagers?

    Can anything be more great than to be a villager in this global village!
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  • Profile picture of the author Amenda Jessera
    So, Let's sing happy birthday to internet which make the world as a small village, Really hats off to it...
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  • Profile picture of the author davidomni
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    I remember windows 3.1 .....
    I also remember being addicted to chat rooms! lol

    happy B-Day Internet!
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  • Profile picture of the author katiec
    What a great piece of information. I remember when dialup was the new thing and there was no Google. My goodness, what do I do?!
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by katiec View Post

      What a great piece of information. I remember when dialup was the new thing and there was no Google. My goodness, what do I do?!

      So when did YOU first use them? 1960, or earlier?
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  • Profile picture of the author KONet
    Happy birthday Internet... so are we having a party to celebrate

    - Kevin
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  • Profile picture of the author 33zpix
    I vaguely remember doing an illustration for an article on Arpanet for a computer magazine sometime in the late 70's -thought "that was interesting...yawn..." took me a while to wake up and smell that coffee!
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  • Profile picture of the author UtopianDreams
    I remember 14.4 dial up and busy signals ! glad thats in the past dsl seems slow to me now
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by UtopianDreams View Post

      I remember 14.4 dial up and busy signals ! glad thats in the past dsl seems slow to me now

      YEAH, I STILL remember 300 baud. The top speed was approx 30cps. That means a FULL page of text took about 64 seconds! I was HAPPY when I got my 1200(212). IT could do things a bit more than 4 times as fast, about 15 seconds.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by JustinHart View Post

      Thank you Al Gore for the Internet!
      Don't even JOKE about that! Al gore was first in the government in 1976. He majored in English, law, and politics! He joined the army, and was basically a journalist, and then went into politics and really has been there ever since.

      The internet was described, called the internet, and actually running in 1974! Of course, wikipedia lists its birth(as a WORKING network) as October 29, 1969.

      So NOPE folks! Al gore didn't do ANYTHING! The only thing he could MAYBE lay claim to is opening it up to the general public, through law.

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  • Profile picture of the author DTenov
    Happy birthday INTERNET! Be whit us forever
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
      Lol...

      I think I still have my 3 TI99-4a and a commodore 64.

      Wow, One of my TI99s had a memory expansion box that you could
      add cards to to make it perform better.

      It contained 32K of additional memory...lol How did I ever use all that
      additional memory?

      The first program I wrote required me to copy it on to 3 floppy disks in
      order to save the work. Good ole GW Basic...

      Next came my Trash80 with it's 8" floppy drive....

      Gotta go take my nap now. Starting to feel kinda old at the moment.

      Michael
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Michael Mayo View Post

        Lol...

        I think I still have my 3 TI99-4a and a commodore 64.

        Wow, One of my TI99s had a memory expansion box that you could
        add cards to to make it perform better.

        It contained 32K of additional memory...lol How did I ever use all that
        additional memory?

        The first program I wrote required me to copy it on to 3 floppy disks in
        order to save the work. Good ole GW Basic...

        Next came my Trash80 with it's 8" floppy drive....

        Gotta go take my nap now. Starting to feel kinda old at the moment.

        Michael
        I almost bought a TI99/4a! 8-( Fedco had a sale for like $100 as I recall, but I just didn't want it bad enough to part with the money. It EVEN had the expansion box! As I recall, that was a box with a VERY stiff ribbon cable hooked to a connector that hooked to the side of the small TI99/4a unit.

        Oh well, I STILL have my apple II+ and laser 128.
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