Thursday, October 29, 2015

29 October 15

Next year maybe I'll find another great occasion for 29 October. This time I'm celebrating the usual Internet tidbit (or should I say tidbyte?) about the very first computer-to-computer electronic communication. As recorded in Wikipedia: "The first message on the ARPANET was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline, at 10:30 pm on 29 October 1969, from Boelter Hall 3420. Kline transmitted from the university's SDS Sigma 7 Host computer to the Stanford Research Institute's SDS 940 Host computer. The message text was the word login; the l and the o letters were transmitted, but the system then crashed. Hence, the literal first message over the ARPANET was lo. About an hour later, having recovered from the crash, the SDS Sigma 7 computer effected a full login."

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