E-lunking

Definition

The act of diving or delving into electronic domains. Specifically we’re speaking of the Internet domain we call the World Wide Web.

Harvesting The Internet

We are gathered here to today as the explorers of a new domain on the great inter-network of computers we call collectively the “Internet”.  As we will soon see the Internet is not unlike the thin crust of our planet which shields us from the torrents of volatile activity below.  The crust of our planet is chocked full of caves which conceal many treasures from observers above.  What better analogy for the act of harvesting the wealth of data on the Internet than a spider web?  I reason this because you would expect to find in the caves of the Internet countless webs of thought and expression.

“Inter-net” is an interesting term because, among other things, it embodies the many inter-network connections which are now in service between desperate heterogeneous networks which comprise the Internet.

The technology which makes the Internet possible was originally developed for DARPA by Bell Laboratories and was actually meant to prove that such an eclectic group of digital equipment could manage to communicate information over copper wires.  The goal was to to join the many evolving network technologies at the time into an internetwork of data information systems.  As stated below, the technology evolved from theories put forth by members of some of the greatest technology institutes of our time.

1962-63: Working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), J.C.R. Licklider authored a series of memos concerning theoretical network structures. His concept of a Galactic Network envisioned a world-wide computer network in which computer terminals would be linked to one another, allowing anyone with access to a terminal the ability to access and send information to other computers and users. While working at the Department of Defenses Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Licklider stressed the importance of realizing this network design to his colleagues who would later go on to realize elements of the Galactic Network concept in the actualized form of the ARPANET, an early predecessor to the Internet.

Many, many years later after the invention of so many layers of firmware, software applications, and inter-networking protocols here we are surfing on what we all now know as the “World Wide Web”.  The interesting thing about the World Wide Web is that it’s only the very surface of the many underlying layers of software and protocols and yet it’s the face of the Internet that everyone associates with the “Internet”.

The “World Wide Wide” is actually one of only hundreds (perhaps thousands) of protocols which are currently in use on the Internet. The protocol, actually called the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) was invented only 20 years ago and is probably one of the newest protocols used on the Internet although it has actually spurred the most growth of any of the protocols to make the Internet a “user friendly” experience allowing the sharing of media which has become the newest past time of most of the World’s population.

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