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Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:02:01 -0400



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From: Jim Thompson <jim () netgate com>
Date: August 19, 2008 7:22:25 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: alberti () sanction net, Steve Goldstein <steve.goldstein () cox net>, DeWayne Townsend <d-town () tc umn edu>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:      NSF and the Birth of the Internet


On Aug 19, 2008, at 1:02 AM, David Farber wrote:

Also the word "gopher" appears nowhere in the timeline, although for a
couple of years it WAS the Internet...

No, it wasn't.

I can get behind the idea that email was the Internet for a number of years.

But while gopher and WAIS were popular for a brief period of time before NCSA shipped Mosaic and supported the IMG tag in HTML over HTTP, they were never responsible for anywhere near as much communication as email, to say nothing of things like USENET / NNTP.

Jim






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