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The Internet Celebrates 40th Birthday

The internet, which is probably the most staggering entity of the contemporary era that has undoubtedly transformed the lifestyles of almost everyone on planet Earth, will be entering into its 40s on the coming 29th.

Back in 1969, two letters, namely “LO”, were typed using the keyboard in the University of California, and sent to Stanford Research Institute situated some 314 miles away.

The computer researchers had originally intended to type the word LOGIN, but they got disconnected just before they entered G in their message.

The message, however, was earmarked as the first data sent over the telephone line between the two computers located hundreds of miles away.

Initially, it wasn’t termed as the internet, as we know it today, instead it was then referred to as Arpanet, an acronym for ‘Advanced Research Project Agency Network’.

The Arpanet was created by a team of researchers from the University of California spearheaded by Leonard Kleinrock, who now has expressed his astonishment over the new technologies and services, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, to mention a few that have significantly stirred up the modern internet domains.

Commenting upon the way the internet has evolved since its birth in 1969, Kleinock said: “It's a teenager now. It's learned some things but it has a long way to go. It's behaving erratically, but it's given enormous gratification to its parents and the community”.

Our Comments

The internet has both created and destroyed countless entities along the way. Many publishers have had to close down because of the rise of the internet and online internet retailers like Amazon have been a constant threat to many bookshops. Yet, the Internet gave us the likes of Twitter, Facebook or Ebay as well, websites which now make the world a better place.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.