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[ih] Origination date for the Internet


Bob Hinden wrote:
> I still have my "I Survived the TCP Transition 1/1/83" red button.
> In my view this was the time when the Internet became operational as people starting using it for their day to day work, instead of a set of researchers.  Conception and birth occurred earlier :-)
Actually, that raises another interesting question: At what point, prior 
to 1/1/83, if any, was there a minimal set of networks, gateways, and 
end systems that were passing IP packets on an ongoing basis - as 
opposed to being cobbled together to run some experiment or other, and 
then brought back down?  Can we isolate a date when IP packets started 
flowing and never stopped?


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In<fnord>  practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra