[Surfnetkids: 19 Oct 2011] History of the Internet

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#1. October 19, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

The “One Space or Two?” poll was a roaring success, and 16% of you have now SWITCHED from two spaces at the end of a sentence, to one. To see how everyone else voted (we had more than 230 voters!) click here: One Space or Two at the End of a Sentence?

With the release of the iPhone 4S and the new voice-powered virtual assistant Siri, several of my friends have started collecting the funny things Siri says. Learn more (and tell me about your favorite Siri and iPhone auto-correct sites) here: Siri Says the Darndest Things!

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. History of the Internet

by Barbara J. Feldman

History of the Internet Printable (** for premium members only)

On October 29, 1969, the first transmission over the ARPANET computer network was sent from UCLA to the Stanford Research Institute. Although the system crashed after sending just two letters (first “L” then “O”) this was the beginning of the communication revolution that became to be known as the Internet.

Computer History Museum: Internet History
This illustrated time line from the Computer History Museum (of Mountain View, CA) starts in 1962, and continues until 1992. In the sixties, the AT&T Picturephone (imagined in 1939, and displayed at the New York World’s Fair in 1964) is the phone company’s vision of the future of communications. “But the four-year old Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, a future-oriented funder of ?high-risk, high-gain’ research, lays the groundwork for what becomes the ARPANET and, much later, the Internet.”

Online MBA: History of the Internet
Although this infographic doesn’t convey the detailed information available at the other sites, its visually appealing format makes the data easy to understand. Scroll down for a snapshot of major events in the Internet’s history, such as the launching of Hotmail in 1996, and the standardization of Wi-fi technology in 1999. The infographic can also be embedded in your own website or blog. Just grab the code at the bottom of the page.

Sean McManus: A Short History of the Internet
Sean McManus, a British technology author, gives us a one-page time line of the Internet’s development that takes us from 1969 (“The first node is connected to the internet’s military ancestor, ARPANET.”) to 2010 (“In February, Facebook announces it has 400 million active members. That’s larger than the population of the US and UK combined.”) Related blog posts include A Short History of File Sharing and A Short History of Bands Online.

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Oct 15-20, 2011

Teen Read Week
Oct 16-22, 2011

National Teen Driver Safety Week
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Edison Invents the Incandescent Light Bulb
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Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct 21, 2011

Chemists Celebrate National Mole Day
Oct 23, 2011

Red Ribbon Week
Oct 23-31, 2011

Pablo Picasso’s Birthday
Oct 25, 1881

#6. Quote of the Week

“The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics.” ~~ Al Seckel ~~ (b. 1958) American authority on illusions. Click here for more dreams quotations.

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