Internet turns 30, parties like an 18 year old

By Swapnil Mathur | Updated 2 Jan 2013
Internet turns 30, parties like an 18 year old
  • You may not want to celebrate your aunt's birthday, or your neighbour's, but this is one celebration you might not want to miss out on. The Internet just turned 30 and for someone that age, continues to look good.

The Internet, the last bastion of free speech, the ocean of all knowledge and the one-stop shop for all kinds of fun today turns 30 – and it is looking really good for a 30 year old!

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The Internet found its beginnings as Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) when it switched over from using Network Control Protocol to TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol).

History notes that this change was not easy, as many operators resisted going from an already working system to something that was just a “standard” in text. It is said that one day, the admins of ARPANET just flipped the switch, turning off all of NCP for a day or so to get people to switch over to TCP/IP.

With those humble beginnings, the Internet has grown into an entity that is now an integral part of everyone’s lives. While it may be entirely possible to live a day or two without the internet, it is hard to imagine a life without it.

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Everything from entertainment to hardcore businesses rely on the Internet as a gateway to achieving the required result. Not to mention the tons of laughter the internet provides. If a worldwide calamity did occur that took out the internet, we might as well just prepare for the dark ages once again.

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Swapnil Mathur
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