It seems crazy to think of the world without the Internet. It is very much a huge part of our lives. For example, when we lose our Internet connections at home, we feel frustrated and lost as if there is nothing left to do or live for and feel so disconnected from the rest of the world. Prior to October 29, 1969 there was no such thing. Communicating meant writing a letter and putting on a stamp to ship it off. Wanting to know more about a certain topic meant opening up a book called the Encyclopedia. Earlier that year on July 20, Niel Armstrong was the first person ever to step foot on the moon, and the world felt so advanced. Fast foward 40 years later, and astronauts now Twitter to everyone back on Earth.
The Internet has come a long way since 1969. It was Leonard Kleinrock, a UCLA computer science professor who wanted to send a message from the school’s host computer to another computer at the near by Stanford Reserach Institute. During the process of trying to start up a remote time-sharing system, Kleinrock started to type “login,” and got the first two letters in before the system crashed, however the message “lo” was sent, which was the true birth of the Internet. (more…)