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HOOFNOTE
 
This extensive Hoofnote is offered to visitors who are surfing the Web without a site.
"Sometimes we look, but we don't see... Sometimes we hear, but don't listen."
Such was my case, very early in the development of the Internet.
The goal of this site, aside from the Moose / Goose fun,
 is to elucidate the opportunities a Website offers,
of which you're not taking advantage. 

 
In The Beginning
There Was The ARPANET
 
"I Saw It Developing... Yet, Didn't Appreciate What Was Happening!"
                                                                                                                                Bull Moose


Who would have known ( except Al Gore, of course ) that the phrase "Information Highway" was going to dominate our communications at the turn of the millenium.
 
Certainly, in the late '60s, I didn't...  and get this... as a rookie salesman for Honeywell EDP, I was on a few training calls in the very computer area of Bolt Berenek & Newman, in Cambridge MA, where the ARPANET was being developed.
 
I saw... but clearly, didn't have "The Vision."  In truth... I HAD NO CLUE!
 
Though the ARPA project was not classified, per se, The ARPANET was not a pop topic.  Then again, ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) was funded by the Pentagon during the Cold War.  Friends, the fusion which was eventually to be shared over the NETwork (thus ARPANET) had nothing to do with jazz downloads, though the number of computer scientists who were involved was not much greater than Stan Kenton's Band.
 
Their goal:  To link remote computers together for transfering data -- rather critical information.
 
In retrospect... it seems to be an easy score... But, it hardly was back then at a time when line speeds were 10 and 30 characters per second (a fraction of a faction of today's cable modems / fiber optics / wireless) on computer timesharing -- itself a recent "breakthrough" where people uploaded data from "dumb" terminals to be manipulated on a "powerful" mainframes. (Today, there's more computing power in a cheapo desktop.)
 
Linking mainframe computers and transferring programs was a whole different scenario... one requiring the "un-thinking" of timesharing's hub 'n spoke concept and obviously requiring faster data transfer speed.
 
Well, the computer scientist huffed and puffed and by Fall of 1969, they had created enough lift to test-flight the ARPANET.  They linked UCLA, Stanford & University of Utah computers on a "backbone"... that's tech talk for a high-speed line..  Gave a thumbs up.  And the ARPARNET was successfully launched into "cyberspace," though this term would not even be created until 1984.    Soon, other universities and research centers sites throughout the country became nodes on the ARPANET.
 
In 1983, the military carved out MILNET from the ARPANET. And, by 1988, ARPANET officially became the INTERNET. 
 
However, with over 20 years of development and operation, THE REALLY BIG STORY of the INTERNET, as we all know it today, was just beginning.  It had yet to see the explosive growth that was to be created by the World Wide Web which technically provided the graphic interface, and by browsers such as Mosaic -- Netscape which initially interpreted and represented the graphics so that today you can enjoy the photos of "The Handsome Herd" through the browser of your choice.
 
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING DATES
 
1968: BBN (Bolt, Berenek & Newman) awarded contract from ARPA to build ARPANET using a Honeywell minicomputer.
1969: Stanford Research Institute, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah are connected with the first Internet "backbone" a 50Kbps connections provided by AT&T.
1971: Journalist Don Hoefler coins the term "Silicon Valley."
1972: The @ symbol is chosen as the locating symbol for email addresses.
1972: ARPA renamed DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
1973: Development of TCP/IP (Internet Protocol)  begins within DARPA.
1973: University College of London and Royal Radar Establishment connect to ARPANET.
1976: Queen Elizabeth II sends the first royal email. (Jolly Good Move, Queenie!)
1979: On MsgGroup, the first Arpanet mailing list, Kevin MacKenzie first uses the emoticon )-:
1983: Internet Activities Board (IAB) created.
1983: Domain Name System (DNS) created at the University of Wisconsin.
1984: The term "cyberspace" is coined in William Gibson's Neuromancer.
1988: First, self-replicating bug shuts down the Internet. (17 years later the saga continues)
1993: World Wide Web is released by French CERN.
 
AND THE REST... IS THE HISTORY THAT IS BEING CREATED DAILY
 
Who Knows...
It Could Include Your WebSite Coming Online! 

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