Thursday, June 05, 2008

How the Web Was Won

You wouldn't believe what all I find on the internets tubes I never post about. I use such as research, trivia accumulation, increasing my knowledge base which is why I'll occasionally state something as fact without accreditation. I often don't have any goddamn idea where I saw it. When I read about it, I evaluated it as authoritative, stuck the fucking info into my gray matter and moved on.

Which brings us to this post. The article linked to in the headline is as long as a novella which requires several mouse clicks to access, but its worth the effort.

It's an impressive chronicle of how the internets tubes came to be.

Ya ever hear of ARPA?
Fifty years ago, in response to the surprise Soviet launch of Sputnik, the U.S. military set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency. It would become the cradle of connectivity, spawning the era of Google and YouTube, of Amazon and Facebook, of the Drudge Report and the Obama campaign. Each breakthrough—network protocols, hypertext, the World Wide Web, the browser—inspired another as narrow-tied engineers, long-haired hackers, and other visionaries built the foundations for a world-changing technology. Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb let the people who made it happen tell the story.

All neo-geeks &ndash no thanks necessary.

I apologize for the graphic, but its the best I could find. Hey, ya wanna take a shot at diagramming the internets tubes as they are now, silly rabbit?

Note: Headline links to source.



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