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Sunday, July 18, 2004

What Every Intelligent Person Should Know About the Internet [Nelson]

Ted Nelson has been decribed as 'energetic, charismatic, and eccentric' and given that I knew 90% of his presentation content surrounding the technological underpinings of the Internet, I hung off every world. I laughed at his comedic and inner-confusion of what to say and what not to say.  I shook my head in disbelief.  Though in all, it was a very entertaining way to end the day.
'The real Internet', says Nelson,  'is not the WWW, nor the applications you see; it is the transport layer'.  Thus he discussed protocols (e.g. TCP/IP) and the history of them; ARPANET; that telephone systems used to be by point-to-point connection - an analogy to packet switching for TCP/IP packets; HTTP, FTP, E-Mail, SMTP, POP3, IMAP; IP v4.0 and v6.0; the browser; who controls the Internet (IETF, Verisign, Icann, IANA, W3C, ITU, ISO, ISOC ORG, WSIS, IAB, IESG, NIST, ECMA, and FTC);
Finally, we were lead through Nelson’s thoughts in thinking up the Internet and hypertext.


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