[ih] Internet-history Digest, Vol 10, Issue 1

the keyboard of geoff goodfellow geoff at iconia.com
Sun Jul 5 20:26:28 PDT 2020

craig, oh please, don't "forget" what our email addresses would have been
[copy and pasted from the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X.400 page], viz.:

An X.400 address consists of several elements, including:

   - C (Country name)
   - ADMD (Administration Management Domain, short-form A), usually a
   public mail service provider
   - PRMD (Private Management Domain, short-form P)
   - O (Organization name)
   - OU (Organizational Unit Names), OU is equivalent to OU0, can have OU1,
   - G (Given name)
   - I (Initials)
   - S (Surname)

The standards themselves originally did not specify how these email
addresses should be written (for instance on a business card) or even
whether the field identifiers should be upper or lower case, or what
character sets were allowed. RFC 1685
<https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1685> specified
one encoding, based on a 1993 draft of ITU-T Recommendation F.401, which
looked like:

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 3:28 PM Craig Partridge via Internet-history <
internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:

> > Can you imagine the word fighting the COVID-19
> > pandemic without the internet? If there were no internet, there could be
> > very little working from home, no online classes for students stuck at
> > home, no video communication with family and friends, much more
> loneliness,
> > no way to stop rumors and get scientific information to ordinary people,
> > etc.
> Just for fun, as alternative history is simply about fun, we probably can
> envision a world without the Internet.  The CCITT and ITU worked very hard
> to create one.
> So we'd have whatever the descendant of the videophone is.  I imagine we'd
> have three jacks in some wall outlets: voice, video, and data (cf. what
> they tried to do for ATM).  Your cable modem would be similar (indeed, it
> is now -- coax for video, phone jack for phone, Ethernet jack for data).
> Data service would be slow -- say 1.5Mbps and you'd pay a premium to
> originate video.
> Computers would have still gotten incredibly fast, so we'd have apps that
> combined the inputs from the three jacks on the computer to give us video
> conferencing with shared documents and such.
> I don't know what social media would look like.  My guess is YouTube
> doesn't exist (the conditions that enabled YouTube would not be present).
> Charges for videoconferencing would be high -- document sharing and joint
> editing would be expensive and you'd be much less efficient than you'd be
> in your regular office, which was wired with some sort of switched local
> data sharing network (think Netware -- which remember, was doing better
> than the Internet for part of the 1980s).
> Craig
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