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Tech 101: The Internet, an Internet

July 23, 2012

It always irks me when people who should have a better understanding of technology cannot tell the difference between what the Internet is and what an internet is, like this here writer at The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Crovitz of the WSJ quotes “Robert Taylor, who ran the ARPA program in the 1960s” that “‘The Arpanet was not an Internet. An Internet is a connection between two or more computer networks'”.

Mr. Taylor of course is correct. It’s just that Mr. Crovitz should understand that the ARPANET is referred to as not being an internet in the sense that it was a single network, forming the core of today’s Internet. Even so, ARPANET implemented packet switching and incubated the technologies we rely on in the Internet today. There would be no Internet without ARPANET, as both rely on internetworking technologies developed for ARPANET.

But why care about the little details. What Mr. Crovitz seems to be interested in is writing yet another anti-government propaganda piece. Which of course adds stupidity to ignorance. Just talk the government down long enough and that’s what you’ll finally get. The stupid comes into play that we’re still paying the same ole’ taxes. And these are not going anywhere, try as you might.

 

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