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The old discussions were messages on USENET, which still exists. rec.games.chess is a newsgroup in USENET it is not firstly a part of google groups. Messages can be sent and read in the newsgroup without going near Google. The data of the newsgroups are held on USENET servers of which there are many. USENET is distributed. Messages get copied to each server ...


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A point that the other answers so far perhaps don't make clear enough is the decentralised nature of the Internet back then. We've got used to the idea that every type of content is accessible at some central location (whether that's a single server, a whole data centre, or even a group of data centres all accessible at single address or web page).  But that'...


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What is an "email client" in the first place? The Wikipedia version of History of email indeed glances over the popular aspects. In Bulletin Board System we had email in almost closed circles, sometimes wider networks and gateways into the real internet mail-system. (Example FidoNet). That started at a fairly popular level during the 1980s. On ...


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Oh yes. I'm old enough to have witnessed everything. First a dial up account with forum software. No internet as yet, you connected to a bulletin board. A bit later a dial up account without graphics (bloody expensive back then) and Internet. Connecting through Trumpet Winsock. Speed was, if I recall, 14.4 k. When I got my Internet account, one of the first ...


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Probably not, We have first hand evidence from Silvano de Gennaro (the man who uploaded the photo) and this doesn't give an exact date: Back in 1992, after their show at the CERN Hardronic Festival, my colleague Tim Berners-Lee asked me for a few scanned photos of "the CERN girls" to publish them on some sort of information system he had just ...


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The Internet started as a project of the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, under the name "ARPANET". The original five top-level domains (.com, .org, .edu, .gov, and .mil) date from 1984, when the network was still almost exclusively a US-only project.


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The history of e-mail is longer and deeper than you have given it credit for, and the examples you mention are from different eras of its development. Most of the key developments are not in the clients as such, but in the hosting - where is the e-mail stored, and what other services is it bundled with? Alongside that are wider developments in how users ...


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Did DARPA's support of the creation of the internet explicitly address cold war fears? Numerous untruths have been disseminated about events surrounding the origins of the ARPAnet ... The ARPAnet was not an internet. An internet is a connection between two or more computer networks. The ARPAnet, with help from thousands of people, slowly evolved into the ...


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The wikipedia article on ARPANET explains the earliest architecture. Communication was over leased telephone lines using acoustic modems. Each node was run by a small, specialized computer that did routing. Communication between the routers and the local computers was through a serial port. To read the packets off the serial port, the local machine would ...


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