Internet turns 40 !
Internet just completed 40th year of its existence and I am sure it is here to stay moving from strength to strength.
Here is the Chronology of events in the life of Internet
- On September 2, two computers at University of California, Los Angeles, exchange meaningless data in first test of Arpanet, an experimental military network 1972
- Ray Tomlinson brings email to the network, choosing @ as a way to specify email addresses belonging to other systems 1973
- Arpanet gets first international nodes, in England and Norway 1974
- Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn develop communications technique called TCP, allowing multiple networks to understand one another, creating a true internet 1983
- Domain name system is proposed. Creation of suffixes such as ‘.com’, ‘.gov’ and ‘.edu’ comes a year later
- One of the first internet worms, Morris, cripples thousands of computers
- Tim Berners- Lee creates the World Wide Web while developing ways to control computers remotely
- Marc Andreessen and colleagues at University of Illinois create Mosaic, the first web browser to combine graphics and text on a single page
- Andreessen and others on the Mosaic team form a company to develop the first commercial web browser, Netscape. Two immigration lawyers introduce the world to spam, advertising their green card lottery services
- Napster popularizes music file-sharing and spawns successors that have permanently changed the recording industry
- The dot-com boom of the 1990s becomes a bust as technology companies slide
- Mark Zuckerberg starts Facebook at Harvard University
- Launch of YouTube video-sharing site 2007
- Apple releases iPhone, introducing millions more to wireless internet access
World internet population surpasses 250 million in 1999, 500 million in 2002, 1 billion in 2006 and 1.5 billion in 2008
Just imagine how would it be if there was no Internet today?