I subscribe to this little daily email factoid service and every morning it sends me some random piece of information, oftentimes pertaining to the date. According to my sources, today is the Internet’s birthday.
On this date in 1969, a Sigma-7 computer at UCLA was linked to an SDS 940 computer at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California. UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from his school’s host computer. He was trying to write “login,” but the system crashed after two letters, and lo! The Internet was born with the first data message sent between two networked computers.
I wonder if Leonard Kleinrock ever imagined he’d be able to buy great Beer Geek Gifts and Cocktails Mixers on his computer. Either way, I’m extremely glad we have that ability today. Happy Birthday Internet!
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