barri084: January 2013 Archives

I have always felt lucky to be born at this particular period of time. I've personally witnessed the infancy of the internet from the time of Netscape all the way to its explosive, and potentially limitless, growth today. But I will always wonder what it was like to be there, at the birth of network communications. What would you have thought it could become? Most people wouldn't even be able to imagine the possibilities that the Internet could offer. As Kleinrock said on p48-49, "I thought it was going to be computers talking to computers or people talking to computers. That's not what it's about... what I missed was the social side."
I love the quote that Thomas Friedman, author and columnist for The New York Times, made back in 2011. When preparing for his newest book he checked the index of his previous book, The World Is Flat, which deals with globalization, and noticed something was missing. "Facebook didn't exist; Twitter was a sound; the cloud was in the sky; 4G was a parking place; LinkedIn was a prison; applications were what you sent to college; and Skype for most people was typo. All of that changed in just the last six years."
I feel this book does a wonderful job of explaining the real beginnings of how the Internet started and how it grew. From that first humble IMP communication, "Talked to SRI host to host", all the way to our "gigs" of data shooting down fiber optics at the speed of light. Although this book singularly focuses on the physical aspects of the Internet, to me what is on the web is so much more important since all of those tangible pieces were only built to meet the demand of its users. The Internet has allowed us to work online, bank online, game online, and communicate with anyone, anywhere, at any time, instantly all online. Over this short time, as we have revolutionized the Internet, in turn, the Internet has revolutionized us and it wasn't due to a hub at MAE-East or the invention of fiber optics, it was due to how amazing the Internet itself really is.

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