Wednesday, July 15, 2009

History of the Internet

The Internet makes so many things possible. I found it very interesting that the Internet began as people wanting to transfer files and information back and forth between each other. This is how a lot of us use the Internet today. Much of the world now downloads its music and files from the Internet; much of the downloading is through peer-to-peer sharing.

It was interesting to discover that IMP’s were used to connect the coasts of the U.S. and this allowed data transmission between networks. Also, I was surprised when I heard Tomlinson describe his invention of email. It was out of necessity and convenience that he created a system that would allow users to stay connected at all times. It was ingenious of him to come up with the “@” symbol. It just makes sense though.

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