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Happy Birthday Internet!

September 2, 2009  was the fortieth birthday of an invention (do inventions have birthdays?). Well this one sure does…if I can figure out when it was actually invented. 

150computercake 40 years ago, on September 2, scientists connected two computers together which could communicate. The talk was meaningless but hey, at least they talked (kind of like kids?!) So would this be the birth of the Internet? Of course, technically the World Wide Web as we know it was invented in March of 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee.


We’ve come a long way since then. The WWW was born 20 years after the first ‘communication’ between two computers. The first email was sent in 1971 while the first free web based email service, HotmailLogoEvolutionHotmail, Firefox_3.5_logowas launched as late as 1996. Mosaic became the world’s first browser in April, 1993 while  Firefox – King of Browserville – was launched only in 2004. Currently of course we’re rather spoiled for choice here with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and definitely last on my list, IE. 

So what’s the next big thing for the Internet? Only time will tell…or maybe Google will. (cue ominous music)

P.S: Today is Dr.S.Radhakrishnan’s birthday. So Happy Teachers’ Day everyone!

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