Today, I use Internet to such extent that my work, my day, my life is not complete without internet. So, I am very happy that internet has successfully turned 40 today.
If I talk about its history, I should start from September 2nd when a small set of test data was transferred between computers at the University of California, Los Angeles in Kleinrock’s lab.
Now! The concept of an internet free world is unimaginable and to a certain degree, frightening. It may be surprised to you to know that Rick Rolls and LOLCats were not in the minds of two universities of California 40 years ago when they began tests but successfully sent the data between two computers in 1969. Then there was the beginning of ARPANET which is now known as the internet.
The US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Darpa has created Arpanet. The first connection in 1969 was between The Stanford Research Institute and The University of California Los Angeles. Connections had also been added to the University of Utah and The University of California Santa Barbara by the end of the year.
The first international network connection links the US with University College London in 1973. Because of the TCP/IP architecture, the Internet matured in the 70’s that was proposed by Bob Kahn at BBN first and then developed by Vint Cerf and Kahn at Stanford and others throughout the 70’s. In 1980, it was adopted by the Defense Department replaced the earlier Network Control Protocol (NCP) and by 1983, universally adopted.
To provide a communications network, the Internet was designed that would work even if some sites were destroyed by nuclear attack. Routers would direct traffic around the network via alternate routes, if the most direct route was not available.
Internet has become faster as well as increasingly accessible to non-technical communities; collaborative services and social networking have grown rapidly. Therefore, it enables people to communicate and share their interests in many ways.
Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, Flickr, YouTube, Second Life, blogs, delicious, wikis, and much more let people to share their interests with others everywhere.
So, this technology has completely changed our lives. Happy Birthday to you Internet and May you live long life!!