[ih] inter-network communication history
jeanjour at comcast.net
Wed Nov 6 12:45:46 PST 2019
Actually, along those lines: In June of 1976, we moved to Houston so my wife could post-doc at Bailor College of Medicine. I was working for the University of Illinois and telecommuting by dialing into Telenet connecting to Multics and then connecting over the ARPANET back to Illinois. (I have a T-shirt that says University of Illinois at Houston) I did that for about 2 years. I had scripts at Multics to manage my email at Illinois.
And I agree this isn’t really inter networking.
> On Nov 6, 2019, at 15:38, John Gilmore <gnu at toad.com> wrote:
>>> When was the first actual inter-network message sent using packet
> Telenet began service in August 1975. This was a public
> packet-switching network built by BBN. See:
> My employer, Scientific Time Sharing Corporation, was one of the first
> There was an undocumented connection between Telenet and the ARPANet
> that a Telenet contractor showed me. (He used it to get to his ARPANet
> email, while he worked for months at our site getting our IBM mainframe
> properly interfaced to Telenet). It was apparently just a few
> asynchronous ports on a Telenet TAC that were cabled via RS-232 to a few
> ports on an ARPANet TIP. You'd dial in to Telenet, enter a command to
> connect to those TAC ports, then you'd be typing to the TIP (@n and @o
> 34 and etc). I started using this connection in about 1976 to explore
> the ARPANet as an unauthorized guest. Eventually this led to me getting
> an official Tourist account at MIT-AI. Which ultimately led to me
> reading the RFCs and understanding the Internet protocols, which led to
> me joining Sun Microsystems in 1981 and eventually co-designing BOOTP
> with Bill Croft.
> When at some point the Telenet/ARPANet connection wasn't working, and
> teenage me reported the problem to the ARPANet NIC, this reportedly led
> to a disturbing phone call between somebody at ARPA and the president of
> Telenet. Oops!
> I don't think this Telenet/ARPANet connection qualifies as a historic
> inter-network link, since it just used ordinary asynchronous serial
> ports, not "packet technology". Anybody know more about it?
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