August 28, 2013 2:44 pm
The internet of today touches the vast majority of the globe—and beyond—but not so long ago the net had a much more modest footprint. On October 29, 1969, says the Computer History Museum, “the first data travelled between two nodes of the ARPANET, a key ancestor of the Internet.” From its humble beginnings, when the network connected just four institutions—”UCLA’s Network Measurement Center, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), University of California-Santa Barbara and University of Utah“—ARPANET grew. You can see exactly how much and how quickly in the animated gif above, which covers ARPANET’s first years and is made up from photos published online by Larry Press.
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