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Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:32:02 -0400
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From: Jim Thompson <jim () netgate com>
Date: August 19, 2008 3:29:11 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: wendyg () pelicancrossing net, "Michael Slavitch" <slavitch () gmail com>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
I still have my 3 ring binder copy of the USENET Cookbook sitting
next to my copy of How To Cook Everything* and The Graduate Students
Guide To Indian Cooking. Like all armies early Internet users
travelled on their stomachs.
The archive of the USENET Cookbook is located here:
*It is a name full of hubris given that the USENET Cookbook has
recipes for both milobinder and muskrat (once considered to be fish
on fridays in the upper peninsula).
The pavlova recipe is lovely.
As for USENET over TCP/IP (with or without NNTP as a transport),
USENET would have failed to grow as it did
without its "articles" being transported over TCP, first as UUCP over
TCP (typically using UUCP's 'g' protocol,
which punted any error correction to the TCP layer (see, for example,
RFC 850) or later, NNTP (RFC 977).
No modem would have kept up with USENET's growth, though for a while I
operated 4 Telebit trailblazer modems
in a multi-link PPP arrangement.
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