Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:17 UTC
Internet & Networking "It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens - and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way."
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Not how I remember it
by trev on Wed 25th Jul 2012 03:21 UTC
trev
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2006-11-22

Granted it's been a while but I recall how things were when I started. It was a mix of competing protocols, standards and technologies for a long time. Just a few I recall off the top of my head are:

lower layers:
10base2
10baseT
ethernetII
802.3 (ethernet)
decnet
token ring (can't recall the wiring spec name but I think they had both 4 AND 16 mbps options)
netbuei
sna

higher layer:
netbios
ipx/spx
tcp/ip
sna

ANY one or two of the technologies listed could have never existed and I'm pretty sure we would still have something like the internet today. It might have taken longer but in the end it seems a logical evolution of networking.

I should point out I was rather late in the game too (started working in networking in 88 as I recall). The author seems quite poorly informed about this subject. Maybe he should have talked to some of the people that were working on things back then.

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