Friday, April 27, 2007

First Dot Com?

Being the resident "Internet geek" at work (the law firm of Murphy & Landon), from time to time I'm asked by one of our lawyers "exactly WHAT is the Internet and WHO runs it?" Despite being the best personal injury attorneys in Delaware (and yes, Murphy & Landon handles motorcycle cases!), they're not exactly familiar with things Cyberspacey, and so assume that because I seem to know a little bit about the 'Net, I must know everything about it. I wish. So, I recently decided to learn a bit of history and structure of "the Internet" so I can give an authoritative-sounding and semi-accurate answer the next time the question is asked. Surprisingly, the history isn't as well documented or clear as one may believe -- perhaps due to the fast pace at which the technology was developing.

One interesting bit of knowledge/trivia I've discovered thus far is the very first "dot com" site. The DNS (Domain Name System) was created in 1983 - 1984; on March 15, 1985 the first site under the top-level domain designation .com was registered to a computer firm called "Symbolics". Its website is still up and running, though it doesn't appear much work has been done to it over the years -- some modern spiffin' up is in order methinks. There, now take this info and go and win a few bar bets!


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