Saturday, November 24, 2007

Radical packet

Today I've been reading about the development of packet-switched networks.

The first message sent over ARPANET was from UCLA and read "login". Or it would have, but the system crashed before the "g".

So actually the first message ever sent over a packet-switched network was "LO".

As Quine would surely have said, Lo! A packet!

Isn't history delightful?

1 comment:

Scrivener said...

When I read your prospective quote form Quine, at first I thought the exclamation point was another l, so I was wondering whether Quine would really use the LOL or just go with :D.