Summary – Can you remember the earliest internet (actually its forerunner, the ARPANET)? Highly unlikely, so travel with me to those days of yesteryear. We’ve come a long way, baby. 😉
A short weekend post
Map of my local WiFi network
After installing a wireless printer for my wife a few days ago
The 16th device connected to KnepNet
Looking at the KnepNet map reminded me of days gone by
When I worked as an engineer on the ARPANET
And we plotted maps like this next one (circa 1971)
of the ARPANET, forerunner to today’s internet
In terms of connected devices,
My home network is similar in size
To the early ARPANET
(which started with four computers in 1969)
As the network grew, we began making maps like this next one
Using a large CalComp flatbed plotter
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This is every single computer in the network in 1977
From there, the size began to grow like crazy
The number of devices connected to the internet in 2012
Is estimated at 8.7 Billion
Now that would take a pretty big map to plot
Things have gotten out of hand 😉
I retired in 1994 after 25 years with the
US DoD activity charged with network R&D and engineering
I was the Chief Engineer for the final 5 of those years
Blame it on me
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