Friday, March 14, 2014

History Of The Internet...!

Considering that all of us are using the internet right now, you would think that most of us know all about it, right?

Actually, the answer is a lot more involved than you would think! In fact, the idea for a world wide wireless network goes back many, many years. This article from can tell you just how this whole thing got started!

Who invented the internet?

As you might expect for a technology so expansive and ever-changing, it is impossible to credit the invention of the Internet to a single person. The Internet was the work of dozens of pioneering scientists, programmers and engineers who each developed new features and technologies that eventually merged to become the “information superhighway” we know today.

Long before the technology existed to actually build the Internet, many scientists had already anticipated the existence of worldwide networks of information. Nikola Tesla toyed with the idea of a “world wireless system” in the early 1900s, and visionary thinkers like Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush conceived of mechanized, searchable storage systems of books and media in the 1930s and 1940s. Still, the first practical schematics for the Internet would not arrive until the early 1960s, when MIT’s J.C.R. Licklider popularized the idea of an “Intergalactic Network” of computers. Shortly thereafter, computer scientists developed the concept of “packet switching,” a method for effectively transmitting electronic data that would later become one of the major building blocks of the Internet.

The first workable prototype of the Internet came in the late 1960s with the creation of ARPANET, or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, ARPANET used packet switching to allow multiple computers to communicate on a single network. The technology continued to grow in the 1970s after scientists Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf developed Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP, a communications model that set standards for how data could be transmitted between multiple networks. ARPANET adopted TCP/IP on January 1, 1983, and from there researchers began to assemble the “network of networks” that became the modern Internet. The online world then took on a more recognizable form in 1990, when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. While it’s often confused with the Internet itself, the web is actually just the most common means of accessing data online in the form of websites and hyperlinks. The web helped popularize the Internet among the public, and served as a crucial step in developing the vast trove of information that most of us now access on a daily basis.

Hard to believe that the tool we call the Internet is so new, even though the idea has been around for so long! It kinda makes you wonder what else we may be on the verge of discovering, doesn't it?

Coffee out on the patio again. Anyone care for some sugar cinnamon donuts?


Chickenmom said...

'Ya mean to tell me that Al Gore lied? Say it isn't so!!! Coffee on the patio with sugar cinnamon donuts sounds wonderful - it's 12 here.

Mamahen said...

Why.......we've only just begun...and look at the mess we've made! Love to join you on the patio, and the donuts sound yummy :))

linda m said...

YEs, it is hard to believe that the internet as we know it is so young. Sure don't how I could live without now that I am used to it. I am positive there is a lot of new stuff out there that we just don't know about yet. Coffee on the patio with cinnamon sugar donuts sounds good to me. Have a great weekend!

JO said...

still so young but glad to have it for sure. I use it a lot and so many of us do.

Refill please

Dizzy-Dick said...

Couldn't live without it. . when it goes down for awhile, I sure get frustrated and worried. My DSL line gets a good work out with my wife and I on it at the same time.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Looks like he fooled us all! Kinda like his "global warming", I guess!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Mamahen...
We always seem to do that very thing...mess it up!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Linda M...
Like many others, I use it a lot! Every day!

Hard to keep up with all the changes, they come so fast!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
I think many of us are addicted! I know I am!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over this morning!

Hey Dizzy...
I know just what you mean! I've come to depend on the net for so much!

Thanks for dropping in today!