Yesterday in the midnight of September 02, when I was writing my monthly film diary for the month of August for my blog spaces, it didn’t occur to me that it was a historic day. It was the 40th anniversary of the system called INTERNET. 40 years ago it was the beginning of a system which today has invaded all the aspects of our lives. It was the beginning of all powerful @. It was the beginning of an addressing system with suffixes like “ .com ” and “ .org ”.
September 02, 1969 was the year when a system was tested at University of California, Los Angeles, U. S. A. The system was developed to allow computers to communicate with each other. No one took notice of that experiment and no one was impressed. Little did they realize that very soon it will encompass the whole world. It will overpower us like an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient new God.
In the 1970s, e-mail protocol started. In the 1980s, widely used addressing system “ .com ” and “ .org ” started . In spite of the initial successes, it didn’t become a household name until 1990s. British physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented web in 90s and then internet’s all invading victory march started in all it’s ferocity.
When Len Kleinrock, who sent the first message, started this process in his lab at University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA ) on September 02, 1969, only 20 people gathered there to watch the revolution. Now the internet penetration is impressive. China leads the list with 18.7% penetration. It is closely followed by U. S. A. with 14.2%. Japan and India stand at 3rd and 4th position with 5.9% and 5.1% internet penetration respectively.
The whirlpool effect of internet sucked me too. One year back I was computer illiterate. But today I have Apple Desk Top, Lenovo Laptop and Compaq Mini Laptop. I have two websites – 0ne personal and one professional, I have 4 e-mail IDs, and three blog spaces. I frequently write my blog and can post them with all the relevant pictures and colours and that too without any help. Today I carry a swanky BlackBerry, and can use it without any hitch and glitch. Thanks Mr. Len Kleinrock! You started a revolution 40 years back. Now it has engulfed me also and that too when I am not young any more. To learn and use above mentioned gadgets at the ripe age of 56 , shows the kind of influence of this ultimate omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent medium called INTERNET.
Long live the revolution!
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