TCP/IP Internet Turns 20

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Date: Thursday, January 2nd, 2003, 07:29
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SMH.com.au reminds Internet users of an important birthday they forgot: the 20th birthday of the Internet (or at least the TCP/IP Internet). On January 1, 1983, the net switched to the TCP/IP protocol. (Hey, younger readers: anybody out there share that birthday?) Prior the switch, computers connected via the previous NCP (network control protocol) to what was then the ARPANET was below 1,000, says SMH. You can thank TCP/IP’s credited designers, the legendary Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. Sounds like the perfect geek New Years’ Eve: no sleep, in machine rooms trying to manage the switch! Now, to check eBay for a “I Survived the TCP/IP Transition” t-shirt.


SMH.com.au reminds Internet users of an important birthday they forgot: the 20th birthday of the Internet (or at least the TCP/IP Internet). On January 1, 1983, the net switched to the TCP/IP protocol. (Hey, younger readers: anybody out there share that birthday?) Prior the switch, computers connected via the previous NCP (network control protocol) to what was then the ARPANET was below 1,000, says SMH. You can thank TCP/IP’s credited designers, the legendary Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. Sounds like the perfect geek New Years’ Eve: no sleep, in machine rooms trying to manage the switch! Now, to check eBay for a “I Survived the TCP/IP Transition” t-shirt. Thanks, Vic Orly, for the story.

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