Sunday, May 01, 2011
Known Myths about the Origin of the Internet
An interesting piece on the background of the Internet. It states that there was a myth that the Internet originated because its many nodes could survive a nuclear attack. I was involved in the Arpanet at a relatively early time and it was known from the beginning that the reason for the Net was to be able to access remote computers for accessing and testing software. It is true that the nuclear survival myth emerged in a number of places, but was always known to be untrue and at best a potential side effect of the Internet's design.