Back in 1969, communication wasn’t as simple as searching for information on Google. At the time when history was being made, the Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network).
Charley Kline, a student programmer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), transmitted the first-ever electronic message on October 29, 1969. Kline, who was working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, transmitted a message from the computer housed at the UCLA to Bill Duvall who was using a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute’s computer.
The sender system at UCLA was the SDS Sigma 7 Host computer and the receiver was the SDS 940 Host at the Stanford Research Institute. The message sent was the word “login”. Kline and Kleinrock managed to send “L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed. Hence, the literal first message over the ARPANET was “lo”. The problem was fixed about an hour later when Kline was successfully able to send the complete “Login” message.
“Lo” were first bits of data ever sent over the first long-distance computer network on October 29 and thus, what we know as the Internet today was born.
Thus, to commemorate this momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology, Internet Day is celebrated. The day marks the sending of the first electronic message which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969.
Internet Day celebrates the origin of the very first internet transmission ever sent, and from it the utterly world-changing series of events that followed. People are able to video conference from around the world, and the information is stored and transmitted at unbelievable rates between computers and friends and family. Enhanced Reality is becoming a reality, with Digital Overlays available for real world things, seamlessly combining the world of the internet with the one we walk around in every day.
Hard to believe that the first internet transmission was sent just months after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The internet is already slightly extra-terrestrial, with video and communication available to the astronauts and space stations circling in low-earth orbit.
Why don’t you start your celebration of Internet Day by visiting the original website, which just so happens to still be online! Take a moment to gander at its high-quality graphics, it’s utterly sleek and streamlined design, and the sheer high-tech embodied by the first website ever. Absolutely stunning? No?
Realize that at its time, this was the internet, this was how things were designed and put together. So low was the rate at which data could be transferred that images were to be a dream of a distant future, one that would come along swiftly, and with advances and innovations that couldn’t be imagined at that point.
Then go and do your favorite things, visit with your friends, read up on your favorite forums, and generally take some time to appreciate how far the internet has come in the days that followed. Internet Day is a reminder to all of us that this amazing invention started out with two letters “L” and “O”, before we ever were able to login to trillions of website’s put up by billions of users.
Internet Day is an event celebrated on October 29, promoted by the Association of Internet Users. It was celebrated for the first time on October 29, 2005. Shortly afterwards, at the World Summit on the Information Society celebrated in Tunisia in November 2005, it was decided to propose to the UN the designation of October 29 as the World-wide Day of the Information Society, which resulted in Internet Day being celebrated on that day.
Today, when the Internet is ubiquitous in nature, being accessed on phones and tablets, tied into our cameras and our TV’s. Wi-Fi is accessible from everywhere these days, from city buses to our neighbourhood stores, malls, or restaurants and the world grows smaller every day as a result. Internet Day is a celebration of this culmination of computing and communication technology, and they way it has brought all our lives together.
Here is an extensive gallery of how we intercept INTERNET in our everyday lives.
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