The History of the internet

The you tube video was short and to the point. I could see it as a tad bit dry for the less interested internet browser but that would not be me. In a little over 8 minutes (run time) the video covers the way the internet came to be from 1957~2009. My particularly favorite points was were it eluded the internet to being like multiple interfaces (users) connected to one computer (severs) so that multiple people could time share the signal device. Granted Servers are many times more complex than those old large room sized computers, but the concept is exactly the same. Another favorite point of interest for me was that the internet was created as a sort of defense for communication against nuclear war. I had never known that before and I found it very interesting, but by the nature of the technology, (if one path is busy or in the case of nuclear catastrophe destroyed) , a new path is found (if at all available) and in this way the internet is very sufficient as a communication defense. Even now as China attempts to block vast amounts of content from it’s public, this function of the internet is allowing people their to access information they are not supposed to be allowed to by their governments laws. I also appreciate the videos comparison of networks to internet as those two technological aspects of computing are very interconnected, and have been advancing one another since the internet was released to the general public.

Only thing I really felt was lacking from the video was that they didn’t correct themselves about wireless transference of information, around the same time high speed internet came out; so did satellite which essentially connects to the web and allows users in rural areas to connect without hard wires, this form of receiving internet increases the web into a wireless signal in a fairly significant way in my opinion, and deserved recondition.  I will be interesting to see if new videos of this nature come out in the next few years explaining more on what we currently know as the internet as the optic frame will (hopefully) in place by then and we’ll be busy taking that for granted.


My Thoughts on the History of the Internet

Wow. What an amazing story; it surprises me each and every time I hear it. The technological advances made in such a short amount of time is truly mind blowing. Because of the dense content of the actual informative history, the simplicity of the youtube video really helped me understand the details. As a communications major, I am not a science whiz. So I really appreciated the simple diagrams! The narration did, however, go a little over my head because he spoke so fast.

I am still a little confused on the purpose of packet switching. The concept seems so convenient and interesting, but why is it necessary? How do the pieces never get jumbled up? This part left me confused.

The decentralization of nodes is especially interesting to me. I knew the history behind this aspect of the internet, but I did not know it was part of the development for ARPANET. I also had no idea that the first true network was for universities. I had always been told that it was for the military’s use.

In my opinion, the video could probably skip the removed connection part where technicians couldn’t get to the computers directly because they were in cooled rooms. It serves as a great comparison to the strong, efficient technology we have today but it’s almost not applicable.

Overall this was a great, concise video of the origins of the internet! I really enjoyed it and passed it on to my little brother, who loves this stuff!

History of the Internet

I enjoyed watching this clip because it further helped to visualize and explain the history of the internet outside of what we have learned in readings and lecture. However, I thought the video went over several of the technical terms and explanations too fast. Coming into this class I know next to nothing about the internet except for my own uses and experiences, so these processes and terms can get pretty confusing. I found the beginning of the clip to be most interesting. I never realized that the internet has such an extensive history, and that computers were even used as early as the 1950s. I can’t even fathom the idea of only being able to do one task at a time on my computer, as it was with batch processing, or having to use it in a temperature-specific room. Needless to say, I’m definitely grateful for the internet’s progression. I also thought this video nicely tied together the background of ARPANET and military usage with the history of the internet. It’s so interesting how scientific, military, and commercial approaches all came together to make up the foundation for the internet as we see it today. I thought the video provided a great, concise explanation of the TCP/IP protocol and brought us to a solid conclusion of how the internet was created.

The History of the Internet in about 7 minutes

I think the video does a great job of explaining how the internet was created in a little over seven minuets. The animation style and voice over are pretty quick paced and efficient, having just enough personality to be enjoyable while not being distracting. The pace did go a bit fast for me, however. Abbreviations were given so  fast it was hard at times to keep track. This isn’t to say I was lost though. The readings and lectures prepared me for the info provided here, so that when RAND, CYCLADES (Which sounds like a cool name for a hitman or something), or TCP/IP came up I knew what they were. It was odd that the video described why RAND came up with a decentralized network (because of the cuban missals) and why CYCLADES came up with the faster and wider connection (limited resources), yet seemed to gloss over NPL’s brilliant idea of packet switching. Perhaps it was just a time constraint thing or the creator didn’t  have anything worth while to say about it. Even with the pacing issues, it does give a nice amount of info in a short amount of time.

As for the content itself, technological advances amaze me. There are so many different routes it could have taken, different trains of thought the creators could have had, that for it to end up like this is amazing. Is it all inevitable, or could things have been different? Perhaps I’m overdramatizing it, but the fact that I can type this in my small, smelly, insect infested apartment and it can be read by all of you in your beautiful, huge mansions is pretty unbelievable indeed.

You Tube Video Response

I found this YouTube video, “the history of the internet” to be really informational in explaining the basic principles for the early evolution of the internet. I really like how it explained how races to have the newest technology was essentially why certain aspects of the internet were made the way they were. For example, when the U.S. feared the Soviets because they now had the capabilities of sending missiles from Cuba, scientists had to plan the internet around the threat that this could happen. They could not use radio waves because if there was an atomic bomb, the internet would be destroyed and if they did not set up the nodes in a certain way and a bomb hit an important part the whole thing would essentially be destroyed. Overall, I just thought it was really interesting that the video discussed how tensions throughout history played a key role in how the early internet was created.

I found the video easy to follow in some parts but others I found to be a bit confusing. I thought it went pretty quick when discussing packet switching. Overall I just thought it was interesting to learn more about the history of the internet because our generation has had it in some form for our whole lives. Thinking about AOL and dial-up to what the internet is like today seems like two completely different things. It just shows how fast the internet is capable of changing and evolving.


YouTube clip

The youtube video “History of the Internet” gave a short and basic overview on the complex creation of the internet.  The use of graphics helped explain things further, as well as take a somewhat dull topic and make it interesting.  While the clip is only a few minutes long, it is amazing to see all the technological advances that have happened in the last 50 years.  I definitely appreciate all the complexities of the internet as I gain more understanding and knowledge of all its inner-workings.   It is hard to imagine that computers used to take up an entire room, as well as require a complex cooling system, while todays computer users are able to carry them in a backpack, and even a pocket.

It is interesting to consider the generational differences that occur with people and technology.  This timeline video better explains why older generations may be more apprehensive when interacting with computers- for when they were initially exposed, only specialists interacted with computers for scientific or military purposes.  It is also interesting to look back to what caused the initial push for the computer and internet- The Soviet launch of Sputnik.  Who would have guessed that an unmanned Soviet satellite in the 1950’s would eventually lead to Hulu, Facebook and online shopping?!

History of the Internet Video

This YouTube video explained the History of Internet in a very simple manner. I have learned about this subject a few times in various classes and I have never had a full grasp on the subject. This video, or animated documentary, made it a fun and interesting way to learn about the Internet. The first thing that caught my attention was Batch Processing. I use the Internet for everything from social networking to researching scholarly articles to acquiring information about anything I would want to learn about. I am often even doing all of these tasks at the same time. So, it is very shocking that at one point the Internet was only capable of handling a single task at one time.

However, the part I found the most interesting was the 1962 discovery of the Cuban long and short-range missiles and how it was dealt with. The Americans realized that their centralized network system was at risk of breaking down during an atomic attack. In response, they built a decentralized network system so it would not be completely broken down. It was also realized that radio waves could not be used so they developed a distributed network to cover long distances and prevent interference. The creation of the decentralized network and direct waves through distributed network were a milestone that helped create later networks and lead to our modern Internet. The discovery of the missiles forced America to adapt and approve the information network system. This change helped further develop the Internet.

After watching this video it is clear that every new development of the Internet since 1957 has played an important role in the creation of our modern Internet.