Tech Talk Roundtable 07-08 | History of the Internet


Happy Birthday Internet! Or maybe it we should say Happy Birthday ARPAnet.  50 years ago this week the first data transmission was sent from room 3420 at UCLA’s Boelter Hall to another computer at the Stanford Research Institute.  It was the beginning of the ARPAnet which laid the groundwork for what we now know as the Internet. Seriously, imagine what life would be like without the Internet! I can’t. Hey, you wouldn’t even be able to hear us as we share stories about the early days of the Internet so for that reason alone, we are thankful.

Lessons Learned

Chris – The Eisenhower Decision Matrix:

“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” – Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th POTUS

Important and Urgent –  Do it!

Important but not urgent – Decide when (schedule it)!

Not important but urgent – Delegate it!

Not important and not urgent – Delete it!

Dennis – Just text or call me – using Microsoft Teams.

Daniel – Notion – Fabulous tool for brain dump.  I characterize it as wiki 2.0 on steroids.


Fun Fact

Smoke Signals

This early form of communication most often associated with Native Americans, actually originated (according to Wikipedia) in China around 850 BC.  soldiers stationed along the Great Wall would alert each other of impending enemy attack by signaling from tower to tower. “Misuse of the smoke signal is known to have contributed to the fall of the Western Zhou Dynasty in the 8th century BCE. King You of Zhou had a habit of fooling his warlords with false warning beacons in order to amuse Bao Si, his concubine.”

Notes & Links

SPECIAL GUEST: Joel Klammer, HS Physics Teacher and Robotics Coach

Fun Fact: Joel was one of the first people with an email address and shares some fun stories from the early days of the Internet.


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