"first" computer on the internet

William Donzelli wdonzelli at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 13:33:36 CDT 2008

> The internet didn't become a really public thing until around 1994.
> Sure it existed in various forms, but when you talk about the "Internet" (Capital "I"), the public wasn't aware of it or using it until late 1994.

Wow, hair splitting EXTREME!

If you count the creation of the _I_nternet as the point at which the
academic networks went public in the early/mid 1990s, well that all
this NSFnet junk in my shop would probably qualify. One clock pulse
after the official ruling, then all these RS/6000s would then be
contenders to be "first". Depending, of course, on which machine got
their clock pulse first.

But I think the _I_nternet was being referred to with the big _I_ well
into the 1980s.

Will, ex william at ans.net

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