Post by RS Wood
The internet is getting noisy. Too noisy. Having grown up in the
nineties, with 56k dial-up, I sometimes struggle to understand how
little I'm accomplishing today with all the bandwidth I can leverage.
claim is that porn provided most of the funding for the video tape
industry as well as early internet. early 90s, claims that almost all
usenet bandwidth was becoming porn.
around the turn of the century, a large e-commerce hosting company
observed that they were hosting five porn websites that all had more
hits/month than the top websites in the monthly traffic reports
(i.e. porn didn't feel necessary to particpate in the traffic
sweepstakes for most monthly web hits).
1993 I did pagesat modem drivers for a couple different platforms and
co-authored article in boardwatch magazine ... in return for getting
free pagesat full usenet feed. picture with dish in backyardLoading Image...
not long later, they doubled link speed (from 9600 to 19.2k), in large
part because of the enormous increases from porn traffic.
trivia: Late 70s & early 80s, I was blamed for online computer
conferencing (precursor to modern social media) on the internal network
(larger than arpanet/internet from just about the beginning until
sometime mid-80s). Folklore is that when the corporate executive
committee was told about online computer conferencing (and the internal
network), 5of6 wanted to fire me. Turns out the sixth, then provided
funding out of his office to do stuff. I was then working with NSF
director and was suppose to get $20M for interconnecting the NSF
supercomputer centers. Then congress cuts the budget, some other things
happened, and finally NSF releases an RFP (in part based on what we
already had running). Then as the regional networks connect into the
centers it grows into the NSFNET backbone (precursor to the modern
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past posts mentioning internal network
Tandem Memos - n. Something constructive but hard to control; a fresh of
breath air (sic). That's another Tandem Memos. A phrase to worry middle
management. It refers to the computer-based conference (widely
distributed in 1981) in which many technical personnel expressed
dissatisfaction with the tools available to them at that time, and also
constructively criticised the way products were are developed. The memos
are required reading for anyone with a serious interest in quality
products. If you have not seen the memos, try reading the November 1981
... snip ...
past posts mentioning online computer conferencing
Possible saving grace was one of my hobbies was design, develop, test,
package, distribute and support enhanced operating systems for internal
datacenters. Lots of places ran my enhanced operating systems, including
the world-wide online sales&marketing support HONE systems.
... other NSF trivia: NSF gave UC $60M for UC Berkeley supercomputer
center. However, US Regents "master plan" called for UC San Diego to get
the next bldg ... so the supercomputer center was done in San Diego
instead (and General Atomics was contracted to run the center). Also
going on at UCB there was work on "Berkeley 10M" ... which was going to
include transition from film to digital and remote viewing. Was doing
some pilot stuff at Lick Observatory with 200x200 CCDs (40kpel, there
was rumor that Spielburg was funding work on 4kx4k, 4megapel CCD). They
didn't want to take NSF money because NSF would then have control of
viewing schedule. They eventually got grant from the Keck Foundation and
it became Keck 10M and the Keck Observatory. We figured they would need
(initially) around 800kbit/sec connection for remote viewing from the
past posts mentioning pagesat and/or boardwatch
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virtualization experience starting Jan1968, online at home since Mar1970