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2012-05-05 06:41:56 PM  
So, they're just a domain squatter? They could have achieved AltaVista status at least. (it's ironic that Firefox doesn't recognize AltaVista as a word)
 
2012-05-05 06:44:06 PM  

Equilibrist: So, they're just a domain squatter? They could have achieved AltaVista status at least. (it's ironic that Firefox doesn't recognize AltaVista as a word)


No, a group of investors bought the domain name to preserve its history.
 
2012-05-05 08:38:48 PM  
a preservation Museum for Internet factoids and other idiotic information


Ah, another backup for the Farkives.
 
2012-05-05 09:01:22 PM  
If I traveled back to the 90's, forget trying to remember who won what sport games or which stocks did best when.
I would just buy up domain names, put at least a somewhat relevant page up for each and sit on them until companies paid me millions for them.
 
2012-05-05 09:13:11 PM  
"in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT
 
2012-05-05 09:14:56 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT


They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.
 
2012-05-05 09:26:19 PM  
The .com of Coronado
 
2012-05-05 09:32:35 PM  

cman: Equilibrist: So, they're just a domain squatter? They could have achieved AltaVista status at least. (it's ironic that Firefox doesn't recognize AltaVista as a word)

No, a group of investors bought the domain name to preserve its history.


Cool. Did not read much of the article.
 
2012-05-05 09:37:08 PM  
no first.com?
 
2012-05-05 09:42:11 PM  
couldn't they have just done this with a screenshot?
 
2012-05-05 09:50:14 PM  

butt-nuggets: no first.com?


I think that would be Boobies.com.
 
2012-05-05 10:03:17 PM  
I thought This was the oldest.
 
2012-05-05 10:05:22 PM  

cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.


There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?
 
2012-05-05 10:06:01 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.


No. It's actually this.
 
2012-05-05 10:10:02 PM  
Here's the WHOIS information:

Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/en_US/
Name Server: NS1.AMERINOC.COM
Name Server: NS2.AMERINOC.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 05-jun-2011
Creation Date: 15-mar-1985
Expiration Date: 16-mar-2016
 
2012-05-05 10:10:55 PM  

The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?


Email, usenet, distribution of software updates, etc. I know it's shocking that things existed before you became aware of them.
 
2012-05-05 10:11:22 PM  

aerojockey: Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.

No. It's actually this.


Youtube link. Ha, it's gotta be a Rick troll. :-P
 
2012-05-05 10:22:52 PM  

The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?


The original registeree was a leading member of the computer industry. Big business was also very much involved in the creation of the internet (hence ye seest bbn.com, another oldie, on that list.) Read up about it here
 
2012-05-05 10:23:35 PM  
no porn? no, thanks.
 
2012-05-05 10:24:37 PM  

The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?



It's an interesting history. :) The Internet started out as ARPANET, a project of what is now DARPA... which is what you're thinking of with the government, university and also military clients back in the day. ARPANET dates to a 1962 memo on an "Intergalactic Network" (hehe), and the contract to build the first infrastructure was awarded in 1969.

The network got denser, larger and more sophisticated over time. InterNIC started registering domain names (".COM"s and so forth) in the mid-80s, which is why the first ones were claimed at that time. The World Wide Web was created by the application of hyperlinks to the network, by Tim Berners-Lee, in 1991.

Something something August 1999 judgment day something.

For more reading!

/ Love talking about this.

// Yes, I'm a young'n. Get off my tiny tomato patch.


jtown: The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?

Email, usenet, distribution of software updates, etc. I know it's shocking that things existed before you became aware of them.


Oh, and I would've just linked to your answer, but you don't gotta be an ass when folks don't have your fancy book learnin'. ;)
 
2012-05-05 10:33:42 PM  
And such good things they did with those expensive names like social.com and dating.com.
 
2012-05-05 10:43:19 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.


Thanks for that, haven't seen that it years, had me laughing the second I saw the domain pop.
 
2012-05-05 10:55:09 PM  

Make More Hinjews: Email, usenet, distribution of software updates, etc. I know it's shocking that things existed before you became aware of them.

Oh, and I would've just linked to your answer, but you don't gotta be an ass when folks don't have your fancy book learnin'. ;)


Yeah he was a little douchey about that.
 
2012-05-05 10:58:59 PM  

cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.


MIND=BLOWN
 
2012-05-05 11:02:47 PM  
Oldest.com? That's a stupid name...
 
2012-05-05 11:07:32 PM  
I'm surprised it isn't Zombo.com
 
2012-05-05 11:17:38 PM  

Make More Hinjews: The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?


It's an interesting history. :) The Internet started out as ARPANET, a project of what is now DARPA... which is what you're thinking of with the government, university and also military clients back in the day. ARPANET dates to a 1962 memo on an "Intergalactic Network" (hehe), and the contract to build the first infrastructure was awarded in 1969.

The network got denser, larger and more sophisticated over time. InterNIC started registering domain names (".COM"s and so forth) in the mid-80s, which is why the first ones were claimed at that time. The World Wide Web was created by the application of hyperlinks to the network, by Tim Berners-Lee, in 1991.

Something something August 1999 judgment day something.

For more reading!

/ Love talking about this.

// Yes, I'm a young'n. Get off my tiny tomato patch.


jtown: The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?

Email, usenet, distribution of software updates, etc. I know it's shocking that things existed before you became aware of them.

Oh, and I would've just linked to your answer, but you don't gotta be an ass when folks don't have your fancy book learnin'. ;)


Also, as a fun note:

Top-level domains (not just com/net/org/etc. but the national top-levels as well) did not exist until 1983--the first .com site literally started up only a year or two after top-level domains came into existence at all.

This is because--until 1 January 1983--the Internet did not use TCP/IP as its transportation protocol but rather an older protocol known as NCP; NCP addresses simply noted the site name (the Internet was still small enough at that point it was feasible to do so) and was obsoleted in 1983 after the ARPANet officially changed over (after several months of internal MilNet testing).

(For folks curious as to what addresses looked like in the pre-TCP/IP era: Probably the best extant source would be archives of the Telecom Digest, presently the oldest continuously operating email mailinglist still extant on the Internet. Archives for Telecom Digest do date back to 1981, still well into the NCP era of the Internet.)

TCP/IP (interestingly) was technology that was co-developed with amateur radio operators (TCP/IP's very beginnings were originally designed for packet radio transmission and one of the earliest TCP/IP suites for MS-DOS was the KA9Q stack--originally designed for amateur radio using TCP/IP, not the Internet in general). Whilst the initial TCP standards for the Internet date back to 1974, it didn't come into wide use outside of MilNet testing and the amateur radio community until "Flag Day" when the Internet changed from NCP.

/wonders if we're ever going to have a Flag Day Proper for switchover to IPv6
//because frankly I think that's about the only way to get EVERYONE to standardise on IPv6 and encourage sites (including ISPs) to get IPv6 compliant already
 
2012-05-05 11:27:53 PM  

aerojockey: Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.

No. It's actually this.


People are still doing this?
 
2012-05-05 11:28:51 PM  
The domain Oldest.com may be for sale by its owner!
 
2012-05-05 11:31:47 PM  
i3.kym-cdn.comi3.kym-cdn.comi3.kym-cdn.comi3.kym-cdn.comi3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-05-05 11:36:53 PM  

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Deepa deeda deeda dew dew...
 
2012-05-05 11:37:54 PM  
No better way of celebrating the rich historical legacy of The Internet than a giant shiatty infographic that's inaccessible to search engines and screen readers and rife with factual errors.
 
2012-05-05 11:58:31 PM  
That sucked, I thought it was going to look all old-timey like that heavens gate site we saw a couple of days ago.
 
2012-05-06 12:32:17 AM  

Make More Hinjews: The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?


It's an interesting history. :) The Internet started out as ARPANET, a project of what is now DARPA... which is what you're thinking of with the government, university and also military clients back in the day. ARPANET dates to a 1962 memo on an "Intergalactic Network" (hehe), and the contract to build the first infrastructure was awarded in 1969.

The network got denser, larger and more sophisticated over time. InterNIC started registering domain names (".COM"s and so forth) in the mid-80s, which is why the first ones were claimed at that time. The World Wide Web was created by the application of hyperlinks to the network, by Tim Berners-Lee, in 1991.

Something something August 1999 judgment day something.

For more reading!

/ Love talking about this.

// Yes, I'm a young'n. Get off my tiny tomato patch.


jtown: The One True TheDavid: cman: PC LOAD LETTER: "in 1985: 5 websites"

LOLWUT

They are speaking about .COM addresses. Those domains were the first five registered.

There was a commercial side to the Internet that long ago? I thought it was a government and university thing back then; I didn't even hear about the Internet till 1993, when I read about it in the New York Times.

What did dot-coms do in 1985?

Email, usenet, distribution of software updates, etc. I know it's shocking that things existed before you became aware of them.

Oh, and I would've just linked to your answer, but you don't gotta be an ass when folks don't have your fancy book learnin'. ;)


Actually registrations were done by SRI-NIC during that era. They served the host tables before the DNS existed.
 
2012-05-06 12:36:41 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com


You know, on some of the listservs that I subscribe to, this thread would have already turned into a discussion of why LISP Machines are the wave of the future, or at least should be.
 
2012-05-06 12:48:36 AM  

andrewagill: You know, on some of the listservs that I subscribe to, this thread would have already turned into a discussion of why LISP Machines are the wave of the future, or at least should be.


(actually glances at said museum)

You know, maybe I should explain that. Symbolics made an operating system and a computer that were based entirely on LISP. Not just written in, but designed in such a way that everything from the hardware on up was just an extension of the LISP programming language. I can't remember if this was actually an interpreted system of if the code had to be compiled.

Anyways, when UNIX really started taking off and supplanting MULTICS and other operating systems like ITS and Symbolics' OSes, people saw it as a huge step backwards.

/Yes, it is a cool story if I do say so myself.
 
2012-05-06 01:12:02 AM  
Here's a conversation my son had with his friend when they discovered what urls are:
I'm going to go to car.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to road.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to McDonalds.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to truck.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to abc.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to penis.com hahahahahaha.
me: uh-oh
 
2012-05-06 01:24:30 AM  
So...

Most of this stuff will be remedial, but I do hope it's in the same style as the museum over there.

- Mentions that two letter domain names are among the most valuable

There is also a one-letter domain, and it's not even attached to a ccTLD. Many of you already know what it is, though some of you may not realize it yet.

- Mentions that the big three mail providers are Yahoo!, Google, and Hotmail.

Did you know that Hotmail used to be spelled HoTMaiL, emphasizing that it was an HTML-based mail client?

- Mentions that there are more internet-connected devices than people

And at 7 billion people and more devices than that, there are not enough unique identifiers, called IP addresses, to give to them all--that is, until we finish up a 16-year (thus far) conversion to a new system of IP addresses.
 
2012-05-06 01:56:02 AM  

Dear Jerk: Here's a conversation my son had with his friend when they discovered what urls are:
I'm going to go to car.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to road.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to McDonalds.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to truck.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to abc.com hahahahahaha.
I'm going to go to penis.com hahahahahaha.
me: uh-oh


Hmmm. Apparently penis.com is a gay porn site.
 
2012-05-06 01:56:45 AM  
Pfft, everyone knows Zombo.com is the first website ever registered. How can it not be when anything is possible at Zombo.com?
 
2012-05-06 02:41:58 AM  
Wait.

How's Yahoo.com more popular than Wikipedia?

Facebook yea, google sure, live.com MS makes it default page of IE... but yahoo? more than wikipedia? wtf
 
2012-05-06 02:49:03 AM  

maq0r: Wait.

How's Yahoo.com more popular than Wikipedia?

Facebook yea, google sure, live.com MS makes it default page of IE... but yahoo? more than wikipedia? wtf


Because YahooMail has over 300million unique worldwide users, just short of Hotmail/Live and more than Gmail(and nearly the same in the US as Gmail and Hotmail/Live put together)?
 
2012-05-06 02:53:22 AM  
Not to mention Yahoo has the most popular fantasy sports platform, most popular sports site in general(and some great writers/reporters across a variety of sports), owns a variety of popular services, has a very good finance section, etc
 
2012-05-06 03:16:55 AM  

MicroE: aerojockey: Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.

No. It's actually this.

People are still doing this?


I guess we know one person fell for it.
 
2012-05-06 04:09:23 AM  
When I first went online, all we had was bitnet and ascii pr0n.

./\___/\
..//\\\\
.///o/\o\\\.........//|\
..///||||\\///
...///\\
. ///.\\||\\////

Now get your ascii mutt off my lawn.
 
2012-05-06 04:18:43 AM  
a preservation Museum for Internet factoids and other idiotic information

Isn't that Encyclopædia Dramatica?

/or Oh Internet if you're a farking idiot
 
2012-05-06 05:19:14 AM  

Tony_Pepperoni: I thought This was the oldest.


I was somewhat alarmed to discover that one of my domains is slightly older than Zombo.com (1999-07-19 vs. 1999-10-10) though my domain is considerably less useful. (I basically use it for email and neglect the website associated with it.) With Zombo, anything is possible.

/will throw a little party when my domain is a "legal adult" and another one when it's old enough to drink
//feels old now
 
2012-05-06 08:17:06 AM  
pregnantcornbread.com
 
2012-05-06 08:39:12 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: Apparently penis.com is a gay porn site.


Well, there's a shocker.

/Wait. I guess there isn't.
 
2012-05-06 10:04:28 AM  

andrewagill: Satanic_Hamster: Apparently penis.com is a gay porn site.

Well, there's a shocker.

/Wait. I guess there isn't.


I went to dicks.com once looking for golf balls.....

/found balls
//not the ones I wanted
 
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