Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 348. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Henry Schaffer
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.347: Internet anniversaries (11)  From: Henry Schaffer Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.347: Internet anniversaries (74) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-10-27 00:00:40+00:00 From: Henry Schaffer Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.347: Internet anniversaries Just came across this https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-10-23/patt-morrison-eric-schmidt- google which starts out talking about the "history". Incidentally, speaking about DH, note that one of the early users shown (at 2:22 in the short video) was Ron Weissman, an Italian Renaissance Historian. --henry schaffer -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-10-26 21:57:55+00:00 From: Henry Schaffer Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.347: Internet anniversaries I love discussing the early days of data networking. There are so many different contributions. Let's not forget usenet and Bitnet. Then, the next step from ARPAnet (military based) was NSFnet. The NSFnet was composed of a backbone plus the regional networks. I'm particularly interested in SURAnet, the SE USA network under the aegis of the Southeastern Universities Research Association. For more on that see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEfNjkl0WfQ&t=13s or the longer version which is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlOsPR5bHKg&t=12s There has been a lot of interest in the history, and FARnet http://www.farnet.org/reports/index.html has a lot on this. A lot of interesting things went on back then. One thing I remember was the competition (fight?) between tcp/ip (USA) and OSI (European). What was "interesting" in the USA is that the Federal Gov't pushed OSI and the Library of Congress tried *very* hard to get all the higher ed libraries in the country to only use OSI. We know how that ended, but the entire process was fascinating! There were also major tussles regarding such other protocols as SNA (IBM), ... Then, in the Local Area Network (LAN) we had Ethernet and IBM's Token Ring. I'm sure there are many histories on that - e.g. https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/the-birth-and-rise-of-ethernet-a- history-1706.html --henry schaffer On Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 2:45 AM Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 347. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2019-10-25 13:59:16+00:00 > From: John Naughton > Subject: "Internet" anniversaries > > Dear Willard > > One doesn"t want to rain on well-intentioned parades but the declaration > that "In a week's time the internet will be exactly 50 years old" is a > tad misleading. Technically the Internet is the network of networks > based on the TCP/IP family of protocols which was was first switched on > in January 1983 and is therefore only 36 years old. The anniversary > celebrations on November 6 must refer to the Arpanet, the > Pentagon-funded precursor to the Internet, which, although it uses > packet-switching, was significantly different from the TCP/IP network. > So the anniversary must actually be a celebration of packet-switching. > The only problem with that is that packet-switching was independently > conceived some time earlier by Paul Baran at RAND and Donald Davies at > the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington. En passant, it"s > perhaps worth noting that the only node of the Arpanet physically > located outside of the continental US was in Peter Kirstein"s Lab just > up the road from King"s -- in UCL! > > Best > > John > ......... > Professor John Naughton > Director, Press Fellowship > Wolfson College, Cambridge > e: firstname.lastname@example.org > w: memex.naughtons.org > t: +44 7836 373799 _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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