[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 21:15:42 PDT 2016
On 28/08/2016 09:18, Brian E Carpenter 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**.
... in 1972, in fact:
"Computing by telephone
The CERN link which can be used
by UK teams who are involved in
experiments at the PS and ISR is
obviously more costly being of the
order of £14 000 per year.
'Dial a computer' seems to be
- CERN Courier, Vol. 12 No. 12, p421-422, Dec. 1972.
That was a remote login and RJE connection to the 360/195 at Rutherford Lab in
the UK. A SERCnet (pre-JANET) packet switch was installed at CERN in 1982,
according to the Rutherford Lab report:
I see that SRCnet apparently interconnected to ARPANET in 1975, too:
Enough Googling for one day.
> 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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