History of the Internet

After watching this video, I had to stop and think about all the information that was put into a short timeframe.  The information included was very useful and used some of the terminology we have discussed in lecture.  It’s hard to believe that the Internet is still such a new invention.  I have had Internet access since I was in elementary school and have used it for educational and entertainment purposes ever since.  The Internet quite literally encompasses every part of our lives and it’s rare for a day to go by without needing the Internet for some reason or other.  We use it to communicate, educate, and entertain ourselves, but it is certainly something that the American culture seems to take for granted.

Even in the past decade or so the Internet has undergone drastic changes.  We’ve seen the emergence and rapid popularity of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which have made it easier to stay in touch with friends and family.  The way we use the Internet with sites such as these has changed the way our culture functions.  We are becoming more distant from one another but more connected all at the same time.  It’s almost an oxymoron.

While I recognized a good amount of the terminology used in the video, I was confused on the function of the IMP and Mainframe.  Although I watched that section of the video several times, I still do not feel comfortable with that information.  Overall, I thought this video did a satisfactory job of explaining the history and uses of the Internet.

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I would agree with many of the people who thought the video was a little hard to  follow and fast paced. I did have to watch it a second and third time in order to absorb more of the information.  I learned some new information and it did help solidify what we had gone over in lecture. I liked it for this purpose. I didn’t realize that the idea of the internet had been around as long as it had. It makes sense that the space race caused a technology race as well. It is strange to think that the internet has not always been around. Fifty years is longer than I thought, but still a short period of time. I wonder what we will be doing with the internet in another 50 years? The internet has become something that I use multiple times a day. When I went up north over the summer before I had a smart phone and was without the internet for a week it was very difficult. I wanted to check my e-mail, see what my friends had been up to via facebook, and watch videos. Now that I have the internet at my finger tips with my smart phone I never want to be without it. It is great to be able to look something up on google insead of arguing or wondering and finding restaurants in you area, and so on. The internet is useful and although the history of the internet is not what the majority of people care about it is still interesting to learn.

And to answer any extra questions anyone may have about the internet (such as if it is heavy or not) follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDA1HUmuuJo

History of the Internet

That YouTube video, however informative it may have been, was pretty hard to follow due to the fast-paced explanations and the narrator’s accent.  I found it extremely interesting, but it was definitely something you’d have to watch a couple times to fully understand what exactly they are trying to say.  They explained what we learned in lecture…the transition from ARPANET to the Internet that we know today.  I found it amazing just how much the Internet has progressed, especially since the 1990s and the start of the century.  This video was created in 2009, and even since then, so much has progressed.  We take it for granted,  but so much has gone into the backbone of what we know today as the Internet.  It has been such a huge influence on society as a whole, and has contributed large amounts to keeping in touch with others around the world.  I enjoyed learning about early systems, and the interface message processor connecting to the mainframe, showing that a small appliance connected to a bigger one, to create a whole series of networks.  My favorite part of the video was all of the illustrations and diagrams, especially the ones showing how everything is connected together.  Back in the day, knowledge was only transferred by people, but due to the Internet, we can now find it digitally at the click of a button.


History of the Internet

Today we don’t even think twice about sending emails, searching the web, tweeting pics, or tagging friends but as explained in “History of The Internet” 50 years ago the Internet was just an idea. Like others in the class I found myself having a hard time following everything that was being said but after watching it again I was able to come to a better understanding. In the video we learn that the launching of Sputnik 1 during the Clod War in 1957 lead to the US creating Defense Advance Research Project Agency.

After years of advancement in computer technology computers got smaller and were more easily manufactured. Similar to what was covered in lecture the video states that TCP/IP guaranteed compatibility between networks and merged them to create the Internet. I found it interesting that countries were able to work together and through network exchange create the Internet. Finally, on February 28 1990 ARPANET hardware was removed and the Internet was up and running. This video mixed a lot of technological terms with some history and after watching it a couple times I feel like I was able to grasp key points and really understand how far the Internet has came over the past 50 years.

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This video had a very good way of explaining the main concepts, and especially at showing. The images helped understand both what was happening, and what they were trying to avoid (ex: the scene about decentralization, with blowing up one tower, what that would do to the network, then displaying how they combated that threat). All of this sounded like a good review of what we went over in class.

The one thing that put me off guard though, was the part about IMPs. I am a little confused about the point of the mainframe, if they have another computer that is doing all the work, and controling network activities. Why did they need two different mechanisms for what seemed to be doing what one computer was capable of?

I suppose I’m thinking from the 21st century, with mini computers for phones, but I did have to go back over that portion of the video and try to understand a little more clearly.


History of the Internet

I found this short video to be confusing and boring, especially due to the lack of color on the screen. I felt like a lot of the terminology went over my head. I don’t think I was able to process all of the important events that were outlined to have helped shape the Internet. However, this video did make me realize how much I take the internet for granted, especially since I got an iPhone. I am constantly multitasking and finding information on the internet with ease; the idea of “batch processing” seems incredibly frustrating and time consuming to me. It is amazing how far the internet has come. From the video, I did understand the effect that history had on the formation of the Internet (ex: fear of nuclear bombs). It was fascinating to see that the foundations for our modern internet (scientific, military, and commercial approaches) are the same foundations that helped to create the Internet years ago.

History of the Internet

Today’s lecture made this video a little easier to understand. But, like some other students that posted, I had a little trouble keeping up with all of the terminology. I had no idea that the origins of the internet date back to 1957. Learning about the historiography gives me the impression that at the time, developing the internet resulted in a lot of researchers feeling like they were on the verge of something incredible. Once the distributed network was configured, the rate of developing innovations appeared to have sped up. It’s impressive how this momentum has continued throughout the past five decades; I remember trying to call my friends in elementary school on the land line in my household, but their line was busy because they were surfing the web. Now it is nearly impossible NOT to get a hold of someone. You would have to make a conscious effort – ignoring your text messages, ringing cell phone, Facebook chat windows, Skype session invitations – to escape from the hold that the technology has on us. The progression of the internet has definitely increased our accessibility, and our accessibility to it. Every year, something even better, even faster is on the market –  it’s fairly affordable and reliably entertaining or “cool”. Watching the History of the Internet video made me appreciate the people that made the internet and relevant technology so easily available to me.