The first Internet connection anniversary
November 3rd, 2009

At its moment of inception, the Internet began with a crash in a network, as SEED Magazine describes:

Forty years ago today, a team led by Leonard Kleinrock typed the “Lo” of “Login” into a Stanford computer, which promptly crashed before the command could be entered. But because Kleinrock’s team was sending this message from a UCLA machine, he had just taken part in one of the great milestones in communication history.

The SEED story captures the flash of insight and quick decisions that set the whole thing off. It is interesting to me that the key network pattern was the core from the beginning moment. Is there anything else that is the essence of the online behemoth except what networks do? I don’t think so.

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