Happy Birthday Internet!

Forty years ago today UCLA engineer Charley Kline sent a two character message to colleague Bill Duvall at Stanford, an event regarded as the first Internet transmission. There’s a superb book recounting the efforts of now famous individuals to link multiple computers at various research facilities: Where Wizards Stay Up Late. What’s really fascinating are the numerous problems that had to be solved: after all, everything was being done for the first time.

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