Happy Birthday, the Internet!


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On April 7, 1969, RFC 1 was distributed on the spankin’-new ARPANET by Steve Crocker of UCLA. Today, the RFC is the official publication channel for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and the global community of computer network researchers. ARPANET would later be incorporated with other networks to giveth life to our modern Internet.

Though most people don’t know how it works (“it’s a series of tubes“), the Internet has provided us with information and entertainment beyond the imagination of ARPANET’s creators. Without it, we’d have no Wikipedia to deliberately falsify, no YouTube stars like Double-Rainbow Guy, and (worst of all, of course) no Geeks Are Sexy–or sexy geeks, probably, since so many areas of geek culture are firmly grounded in teh interwebz.

In celebration of the Internet’s symbolic birthday, why don’t we do something fun? What’s the best thing about the Internet, Geeks? Why do you love it? Choose something you think is a shining achievement / a horrible omen / mind-bendingly memetic / straight-up web geekery and drop a link in the comments.





26 Responses to Happy Birthday, the Internet!

  1. I can buy junk on Amazon or Ebay, and some guy drops it off right at my door.

    If it's an ebook, a movie, a video game, or something, I can skip walking to the door. It just magically shows up on my computer.

  2. The best thing about the Internet is just how accessible everything is! I remember years and years ago, when I was young, if my curiosity lead me to want to know something obscure, I would have to ask my parents. If they didn't know, I would have to ask a teacher. If THEY didn't know, I would have to look it up in some kind of book. If there wasn't a book on the subject that I could get my hands on, I'd have to wait until there was a TV documentary on it. And if there wasn't a TV documentary, or if it was on a channel I didn't have, I was screwed.

    Now, I just grab my Laptop/Phone/iPod, and look it up online. And I love that.

  3. The best thing about the Internet is just how accessible everything is! I remember years and years ago, when I was young, if my curiosity lead me to want to know something obscure, I would have to ask my parents. If they didn’t know, I would have to ask a teacher. If THEY didn’t know, I would have to look it up in some kind of book. If there wasn’t a book on the subject that I could get my hands on, I’d have to wait until there was a TV documentary on it. And if there wasn’t a TV documentary, or if it was on a channel I didn’t have, I was screwed.

    Now, I just grab my Laptop/Phone/iPod, and look it up online. And I love that.

  4. Thousands upon millions of pictures of cats. I suspect there are more pictures of cats on the internet than people on the planet.

  5. First time i used it i was amazed by how easy it was to find information.. have i donated to the internet..may be glogging about stuff. Was it useful information that I have posted prabobly not. Am I enjoying surfing the web.. hell yeah..thank you ARPANET!!

  6. The nearly bottomless storage capability for videos like "angriest man on the world" a.k.a. The Winnebago Man or "the exploding whale". I mean, isn't the internet the biggest geeks of us all, by collecting everything, never forgetting anything and always a little bit witty?

  7. Online Gaming, even though most console games now aim for it, and hash out terrible if not facepalm worthy excuses for singpleplayer modes, it is one of the most amazing things, playing with people miles away instantly, before you can even blink you have a lobby of multiple races, all playing the same game. It really brings humans together. Although it should never replace the epic and amazing singleplayer offerings of games in the last gen, i dont like paying 60 bucks for a game tht i wont be able to play in 20 years and have fond memories of, because the servers will be either dead or deleted.

  8. Online Gaming, even though most console games now aim for it, and hash out terrible if not facepalm worthy excuses for singpleplayer modes, it is one of the most amazing things, playing with people miles away instantly, before you can even blink you have a lobby of multiple races, all playing the same game. It really brings humans together. Although it should never replace the epic and amazing singleplayer offerings of games in the last gen, i dont like paying 60 bucks for a game tht i wont be able to play in 20 years and have fond memories of, because the servers will be either dead or deleted.

  9. Online Gaming, even though most console games now aim for it, and hash out terrible if not facepalm worthy excuses for singpleplayer modes, it is one of the most amazing things, playing with people miles away instantly, before you can even blink you have a lobby of multiple races, all playing the same game. It really brings humans together. Although it should never replace the epic and amazing singleplayer offerings of games in the last gen, i dont like paying 60 bucks for a game tht i wont be able to play in 20 years and have fond memories of, because the servers will be either dead or deleted.

  10. The best thing about the interwebs: meeting all you guys! Well, most of you guys. The non-troll guys. And all your cool ideas and stuff that you share. that's what's cool.

  11. The best thing about the interwebs: meeting all you guys! Well, most of you guys. The non-troll guys. And all your cool ideas and stuff that you share. that's what's cool.

  12. Internet…the stunning ability to find information…on just about any conceivable topic…at the click of a button…absolutely mind-boggling. Then there's the fact that cyberspace is like another dimension coexistent with the "real world", a dimension where the entire world is one big village. Breathtaking.

  13. My favourite thing about the internet is that it gives me the amazing ability to waste hours of my time on potentially informative things or just stupid-funny stuff.

  14. Having all the information in the world at my finger tips. The famed Royal Library of Alexandria was considered a marvel. The internet is that multiplied by thousands.