[ih] "40 years on, the Internet transmits every aspect of our lives" (SF Chronicle / SFGATE)
jeanjour at comcast.net
Sat Aug 27 16:26:03 PDT 2016
Yea, we (UIUC) were the conduit for a lot of that, which would have been 71 or 72 and on, basically as soon as were were up on the ’Net. The guys from the Illinois physics dept, Argonne (and later Batavia) were moving stuff from us to the Rutherford Lab and from there to CERN. For quite awhile, Illinois was the largest (must have been) network user (not user) at Rutherford. ;-) It was suppose to be illegal, but no one said anything.
As you may or may not know, Illinois is pretty flat (understatement) and laid out on a grid of roads every mile in both directions. The physicists had worked out a “back way” between Champaign and Argonne and later Batavia that stayed off the main highways and avoided the speed traps. ;-) They had a name for it, which escapes me now. But basically you could go a few miles East of Champaign and then head north all the way and save a lot of time. (It is one of the most boring 2.5 hour drives, so anything to lessen the time.)
> On Aug 27, 2016, at 17:18, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Brian Carpenter
> * http://jam.ja.net/marketing/janet30years/
> ** 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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