Apparently the internet turned 40 today! Isn’t that just an amazing accomplishment as to how human and technology has evolved? I was only in my pre-teens when the web went public!
Here’s a piece of the excerpt from the same article that marked the 10 key milestones of the almighty internet which I find really interesting:
October 29, 1969: Often regarded as the other key ‘birthday’ of the internet, this was the day the first message was sent between computers at different sites – when a computer at UCLA sent the message ‘login’ to a computer at Stanford. Unfortunately, the system crashed, so only ‘lo’ was sent.
Late 1971: The first emails are sent over the ARPANET network, by Ray Tomlinson – who would also propose the @ sign as being a crucial part of email addresses. Tomlinson says he’s forgotten what those first emails actually said, but suspects they were just nonsense text.
1973: The first ARPANET nodes outside of the USA join the network, in the UK and Norway.
January 1985: The first ‘top-level domains’ – .com, .net, .org, .gov, .edu and .mil – are created.
November 2, 1988: The first major internet worm, written by a student, brings down thousands of computers as it spreads across the network.
Christmas 1990: Tim Berners-Lee, working at nuclear research centre CERN, creates the first World Wide Web server.