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The Internet is now officially old · 4:06am Oct 30th, 2019

Happy Birthday, Internet!

On October 29, 1969, UCLA’s Network Measurement Center, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), University of California-Santa Barbara, and University of Utah mounted the first 4 nodes of the ARPANET. The first successful message was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline, at 10:30 pm on 29 October 1969, from Boelter Hall 3420.

That was 50 years, 1 hour, and 30 minutes ago.

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Yea! I'm older than the internet. Wait a minute...

(FYI: The world began in Unix on January 1, 1970, GMT. The current time is: 1572408868 (base 10) )

Happy Birthday internet! It's been good, don't die on us now

And they're about to run out of the last of the IP4 addresses by November too, huzzah! It truly is a Modern Miracle. :rainbowlaugh:

50 years, 3 hours, 11 minutes young!


I love Cat Stevens so much.

Edit: This song has pretty big boomer energy though. :applejackunsure:

Wait, who's Charley Kline? I thought the inventor of the Internet was Al Gore...

Welp. The internet is now old, and, like all old things, I and every other Millennial/Gen Zer(?) (I have no clue how to phrase that) are therefore obligated to hate it. Damm you Internet! You just don't understand the world as it is today, how dare you et cetera et cetera et cetera.

In all seriousness, it's strange to see how far this technology has come in such a short amount of time. I wonder if this is what it was like to see the evolution of airplanes, even computers themselves. Weird to think about.

I guess existence officially precedes essence... by about two months.

A little over eight years later, email spam was invented.

So 50 is considered old... Good to know.

They did a little test on the streets here yesterday. Playing the old 'dial-up' modem sound... Let younger folk hear it and see if they can figure out what they're listening to. Thoughts ranged from a defective radio to ringtones. None guessed correctly.

I feel kind of expirienced knowing I'd recognize the sound instantly. Guess that might make me 'old' (tho I'm not at 50 yet) :)

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According to something I saw kits say last night (and I would trust him on this), the first attempted message was "Lo" before it crashed. After they fixed a few things and rebooted, the first complete message was "Login".

Meaning the first three letters sent via anything like the internet were "LoL".

5147961 That's... beautiful and terrible. Like me.

Which makes the Internet a Gen-X-er.


Happy semicentennial, Internet!


Ah, but could you tell what baud it was negotiating? :twilightsmile:

It started at 56k, and stepped down from there - it was a late-model modem :twilightsmile:


Eh, probably crappy phone lines to blame. Lord knows I think most of the ones I frequented must have been two tin cans and string, especially the in-state long distance BBSes (as if the extortion level rates were bad enough).

I guess this means the heart attacks and strokes will begin soon.

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