The internet turns 40!

While it only feels like yesterday the fabled internet became available in our homes, it has been 40 years since the a team from the University of California, Los Angeles, successfully made one computer “talk” to another!

The lead researcher of the project was Leonard Kleinrock and 40 years after the successful interaction of computers, Leonard believes that the internet is still a young teenager in regards to its maturity. While Leonard hoped that the internet would grow into a system where computers would speak to each other, he never expected it would expand into what it is today, a system where people interact and share information freely. Even Leonard’s mother, who up until she passed away at the age of 99, was using the internet to keep in touch with friends and family on a daily basis!

While the internet has come a long way since 1969, Kleinrock sees it going a lot further, pushing into the real world and being present everywhere you go, linking the world wirelessly, knowing your every move. Some may see this as far fetched but think about your mobile phone for a second, you can already be tracked by your phone signals linking up to the nearest hub, or if you have a smart phone, your GPS location software can link you in to this also.

Give your computer and modem a birthday treat, a simple dust down!

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