[ih] "40 years on, the Internet transmits every aspect of our lives" (SF Chronicle / SFGATE)
Brian E Carpenter
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 14:18:05 PDT 2016
JANET only started in 1984*, but years before that UK physicists were telecommuting
to CERN. JANET's predecessor was called SRCnet aka SERCnet and was active from 1974.
Its CERN link started before May 1975**.
I just discovered a very interesting PhD thesis: "From Diversity to Convergence:
British Computer Networks and the Internet, 1970-1995", Dorian James Rutter,
University of Warwick, 2005.
Lots of gems in there.
** I can't find an exact date but I did find a CERN archive document stating that
a Philips cassette recorder went missing from "Rutherford Link Bldg. 513 ( S S )"
in May 1975. That would be the modem room in the basement of the computer centre,
which was part of my job responsibility ten years later.
On 28/08/2016 07:59, John Day wrote:
> Does this qualify for internetworking? I may have beat you by a few months. ;-)
> In late June of 1976, I moved to Houston so my wife could post-doc at Baylor College of Medicine. I was still working at Illinois with the ARPANET group there. (I even have a t-shirt that says University of Illinois at Houston.) ;-) I rented a DecWriter and dialed-in to Telenet, connected to Multics and from their connected to Illinois over the ARPANET. ;-) Did that daily for about 2 years, except when I would go back up to Urbana for a couple of days. I was definitely one of the earliest telecommuters but not the first. I think that was John Melvin.
> Take care,
> John Day
>> On Aug 27, 2016, at 15:25, Paul Vixie <paul at redbarn.org> wrote:
>> richard bennett and i were quoted here (published today).
>> (sent in partial recompense for my recent off-topic postings here.)
>> P Vixie
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