Why is it called "The Internet"?

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  1. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Why is it called "The Internet"?

    Why is it called "The Internet"?
    By Bob Hubbard

    Ever wonder why this huge international maze of computers, servers, and sites is called "The Internet"?

    Internet means inter-connected networks. Developed during the 1960's and 1970's, what we refer to today as "The Internet" grew from small localized networks running on colleges, universities and military bases, to larger networks connecting smaller ones, to a huge world wide network of networks.

    Most people today only think of the Internet as email and websites, but in fact it is a combination of many different services.

    Email consists of several different systems, including POP (Post Office Protocol) which is responsible for getting your email from your electrnic mail box, and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) which is used to send email to the world.

    Web sites run on Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP. When you type in a web address in your browser, that http:// you enter in tells the server on the other end to use the HTTP system to transfer the page to you. Modern browsers use it by default, but older browsers would fail to find a site if you forgot it.

    FTP, or "File Transfer Protocol" is a means for transferring files between your system and a remote one.

    IRC, or "Internet Relay Chat", also called "Chat Rooms" are the precursor to today's instant messaging and text message systems. Still in operation today, they aren't well known to most people. IRC requires special software to access.

    A forgotten part of our net history is Gopher. Gopher is a combination web and ftp system for organized document retrieval. Text only, there are less than 200 Gopher servers currently online, with most neglected, however some universities still use them.

    Then there is the Network News Transfer Protocol or NNTP which is an Internet application protocol used primarily for reading and posting Usenet articles, as well as transferring news among news servers. USENET is a huge world wide distributed electronic discussion system. What this means is, it is like having a global forum, spread over many systems. There are currently well over 100,000 different topics ranging from the boring to the profane. Accessing USENET requires special software called a NewsReader, as well as an account with a news provider.

    As you can see, the Internet is a pretty complex thing, made simple and accessible by modern software, allowing us to communicate around the world at whim.

    Additional Resources at Wikipedia
    USENET http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet
    NNTP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network...nsfer_Protocol
    FTP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC
    POP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Office_Protocol
    SMTP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smtp
    Email http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-mail
    IRC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC
    HTTP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Http
    Gopher http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gopher_(protocol)


    Bob Hubbard is an administrator of the popular martial arts portal site MartialTalk.com and president of SilverStar WebDesigns inc., a web site design and hosting company specializing in affordable solutions for martial artists. Bob can be reached at webmaster@martialtalk.com
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    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    I was a big Usenet fan!
  3. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    USENET's sadly on the decline, with most ISP's either not offering it or offering a very limited window. I've used a couple of commercial news services and they tend to offer the majority of the service along with much better message retention.
  4. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Yeah, I get mine via Forte's APN.
  5. sjansen

    sjansen New Member

    That's was Al Gore named it when he created it LOL.
  6. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    I thought the Supreme Court decided that George Bush had actually invented it.
  7. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Which part?

    Gore was involved in some funding matters, but what we call the Internet was pretty much invented by the US Dept. of Defense, and some serious eggheads at various universities and research centers.

    Anyone remember when email could take hours or even a few days to arrive? :)
    Anyone remember when 99/100 emails weren't for porn, drugs, or asking for your banking info?
    Anyone remember ascii porn? LOL!
  8. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Yup! I even remember when I could post a question on sci.math and get a useful answer!
  9. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    You mean, "hot girls w.ant .yo.u" isn't useful? LOL
  10. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Well...not mathematically... :D

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