Hello World!

Hello world,

So I’m still not completely sure what kind of stuff I’m supposed to write about in my blog but here we go! I finally finished the readings that we were supposed to do before class on Wednesday and I found the history of the Internet to be very interesting. I’m so used to the Internet being the way it is now, and I can’t imagine life without our high-tech devices that can process billions of commands in seconds. It was hard for me to see pictures of the giant, cumbersome machines in the “olden days” and realize that they were the predecessors of the MacBook that I am using right now. So much has been accomplished in this relatively short time period–the grind must have been so real.

It is also weird to picture that everything had to be physically connected, and that debugging required physical re-wiring. No devices were compatible with each other, so I can’t even imagine the frustration that people felt because when I can’t AirDrop pictures onto my iPhone from an Android, I already get pretty irked. From the readings, one thing that really struck me was the work ethic and dedication of all the people who were working on this huge project. The troubles regarding teamwork and making sure people were on the same page must have been so difficult because there was no Internet to share ideas and documents.

I have a faint memory in my childhood when my family had one big ugly-looking desktop computer in my bedroom, and all of us had to share it. I never used the Internet on that machine; I played this Hello Kitty game on it by inserting a CD into it. Now my MacBook doesn’t even have a place to insert CDs. This really shows me how much technologies have changed in such a short span of time. But I think a lot of modern day changes are just being used for profit, like how Apple always makes something incompatible so you have to buy more Apple products boooo. Anyways, I don’t know if this is enough writing but I am done.


  1. Jim Waldo

    September 2, 2017 @ 1:01 am


    Hi Cindy–

    This is just the sort of thing we are looking for; thanks for the thoughts.

    One thing to realize when reading about the history of computing and the Internet is that much of the incompatibility was caused by the simple fact that the technical community was trying out a lot of things. We were experimenting, and when you experiment you try a lot of different things, and don’t really worry about making them work together. We were just trying to get them to work at all.

    In addition, we were doing much more basic things then. The idea of storing pictures in a computer was pretty foreign. “Drag and drop” was an innovation that came after the ARPAnet. The kind of interactions that you are used to took time to develop. After there were ideas of how things should work, we could work on making things work together…


  2. profsmith

    September 2, 2017 @ 10:04 pm


    You’ve understood the assignment exactly! I’m glad you noticed the aspects of teamwork described in the readings. They did a lot of things right in getting the team together and making it work. Some of the other students in class have talked about standards bodies in their blog posts. This is a very different way of working. We will see several models through the semester. Watch for them!

  3. jadynbroomfield

    September 7, 2017 @ 3:34 am


    I enjoyed this post because it reminded me of thoughts I’ve had myself. Back when I was younger, our family had one of the bulky blue Mac Desktops and I thought it was so cool. I remember the day we gave it away- which came after a couple years of it collecting dust in the basement- and I recall wondering how computer monitors could be the size of a thin textbook, when they used to weigh more than I could carry at the time. It is amazing to see how technology morphs and evolves in ways we truly could never imagine. Good thoughts on your post!!

  4. Hannah Ellery

    September 10, 2017 @ 1:51 pm


    Your post definitely brought back my faint childhood memories- when I was a kid, we had a massive desktop that barely ran word processor (although it was out of the floppy disk stage.) All I wanted it for was the program that let me destroy my desktop with lasers and termites! No, really- it was an actual game about destroying a screenshot of the computer screen.

    It seems crazy now to think how far that game was from ‘Adventure’ and how far that game was from Skyrim or World of Warcraft. It makes me interested to see where games will go.

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    October 11, 2017 @ 2:27 pm


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  6. Harry

    December 24, 2017 @ 7:44 am


    When I was a kid, we didn’t have any access to the internet. It was all about magazines and books in those days.

    And now in 2017, we can’t even spend a few hours without the internet and sophisticated gadgets. It’s kind of interesting to see how things have changed in the last couple of decades.

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