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The History of the Internet

Have you ever thought about the Internet? How big is it? How much information do you have access to at the click of a mouse? Where is all this information coming from? Most people think the Internet is some big computer in some secret cave guarded by the military… but it’s not. Here’s the real story of the history of the Internet.


Ultimate Idea

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It’s amazing that the idea of the Internet is really no different than the idea of Morse code on a telegraphradio, telephones, television… the internet is just the ultimate idea for communication. Can you imagine the time when people were sending smoke signals and reflecting light to communicate to each other over long distances? Back then, if you wanted to IM your BFF, you would have to climb to the top of a hill. I guess that’s why people were in better shape back then.

Radio Ga-Ga

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It was 1865 when James Clerk Maxwell came up with a mathematical equation that proved that there were light waves and radio waves that traveled in space. Shortly after James’ discoveries, many inventions used his theories using radio waves to transfer information right through thin air. These same radio waves are exactly the same way the Internet transfers information from one computer to another… all thanks to James!

Invention of the Internet

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The invention of the Internet began in the 1960s when the USSR (Soviet Russia) launched a satellite called Sputnik. It scared the USA. They were losing the race of technology. So the Americans took a different approach to learning faster. They connected all the major Universities together through computers so they could share their information, experiments, and innovations. By 1990, this same structure of sharing information and communication was launched for everyone in the world who owned a computer… the Internet was born.

The Internet Language

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A common assumption people make is that the Internet is some big computer somewhere. It’s not anything like that at all. The Internet is actually just a language like English or Chinese. If your computer understands this language, your computer can be part of the Internet. The language is called TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) and all your computer needs to speak this language with other computers is a modem, which sends out the radio waves to the rest of the world.

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"AlphaT" wrote:"Much of it ponders the essense of man, and his place in creation. Pope, in the third Epistle (or chapter, if you will,) argues that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else."I feel like C. S. Lewis wrote this.  Truly, I'm flattered. :O "AlphaT" wrote:But in all seriousness, I feel like I've heard something like this recently. It was about man's relationship to himself under methodological naturalism...which is quite like what you're talking about. In fact, I think it had something to do with Alexander Pope. Anyway, it's true that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else...if one of three conditions are not met: 1. Inherent entitlement2. Achieved entitlement3. Represenative entitlementI don't think there are any good arguments for the first two, but as representatives of the Creator on Earth, we have a right to a certain dominion. This, however, also comes with our own responsibility to the Earth.  I think you're right, I arrived at the same conclusion. Pope seems to be disregarding man's ordained role as manager of earth, as recorded in Genesis. Although, perhaps one could draw from his argument that we tend to abuse our privileged position. Taking more than we ought from the environment in a destructive manner, and offering little in return. We then justify our tyranny by proclaiming our representative entitlement to earth's resources, not knowing how good managers ought to perform. It's an interesting read, whatever you take from it.
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"AlphaT" wrote:It's been quite awhile since you made your reply. I should have something in a few days, but I had quite a bit of work to do over the past two weeks. The good news is that I got a driver's license out of the deal (: Tuesday at the latest.  Congrats on the license! How hard is the driving test in your state? In FL you have to have to get at least a 90% to pass. (Of course I got it on my first try. :D) And take your time. I spend little time online these days so a longer wait won't bother me much.
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