Updating old addresses
Interestingly, one of the first really big mailing lists was “SF-LOVERS”, for science fiction fans.
Discussing science fiction on the network was not work-related and was frowned upon by many ARPANET computer administrators, but this didn’t stop it from happening.
Each packet would begin at some specified source node, and end at some other specified destination node.
It would wind its way through the network on an individual basis.
In the summer of 1968, experts at the RAND Corporation, America’s foremost Cold War think tank, were considering a strange strategic problem.
How could the US authorities successfully communicate after a nuclear war?
In 1984 the National Science Foundation got into the act.
This excited and intrigued many, because it did sound like a theory for an indestructible network.
In the autumn of 1969, the first node was installed in UCLA.
By December 1969, there were four nodes on the infant network, which was named ARPANET, after its Pentagon sponsor (the Advanced Research Projects Agency).
An added bonus was that scientists and researchers could share one another’s computer facilities from a great distance away.