Archive for 2002

Happy 20th Birthday Internet

It’s the 20th birthday of the Internet!
Happy Birthday, Internet! Make a wish and blow out your candles.

Oh, and happy birthday to the world as well! ;-)


—— Forwarded Message
From: Bob Braden
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 10:08:38 -0800 (PST)
To: ietf ot ietf dat org
Subject: The 20th anniversary of the Internet

We ought not to let pass unnoticed the impending 20th anniversary of
the Internet. The most logical date of origin of the Internet is
January 1, 1983, when the ARPANET officially switched from the NCP
protocol to TCP/IP. Six months later, the ARPANET was split into the
two subnets ARPANET and MILNET, which were connected by Internet
gateways* (routers).

The planning for the January 1983 switchover was fully documented in
Jon Postel in RFC 801. The week-by-week progress of the transition was
reported in a series of 15 RFCs, in the range RFC 842 – RFC 876, by
UCLA student David Smallberg.

There may still be a few remaining T shirts that read, “I Survived the
TCP/IP Transition”. People sometimes question that any geeks would
have been in machine rooms on January 1. Believe it!! Some geeks got
very little sleep for a few days (and that was before the work “geek”
was invented, I believe.)

So, on New Year’s Eve, hoist one for the 20th anniversary of the

Bob Braden


* Routers brought to you by Bob Hinden of BBN.

** Prominent survivors included Dan Lynch of Interop fame.
And of course Vint Cerf was working the Levers of Power at

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Sex News Daily

You’re probably going to think that this sounds a bit lascivious, but I assure you that it’s rather educational and fun.

A friend (Adam S. in Boston) told me about this mailing list… Sex News Daily. He appended pretty much the same disclaimer onto it but I only just barely believed him. I’m glad I took a look! This is a really good list!

Check it out at:

It has educational, slightly political, and funny articles about… well guess. But I promise that it’s not ‘dirty’.


Update Email

(excerpted from a mass email to lots of friends)

After more than 10 months of unsuccessful looking for a Senior/Mgmt Software Quality Assurance position in or around NYC, I decided that a change of pace was in order. Money was getting a little tight and my resolve to stay in the dot-bomb industry was floundering.

Everyone keeps telling me that I’d make an excellent teacher so I started looking into it…. and I decided to give it a go! To get started, It’s going to take a couple changes… I’m getting ready to take a job a substitute teacher to get a feel for where I’d like to end up; no, subbing it’s often yucky work, but it’s a start in the right place. I’ve got to go to school for a while to qualify to teach, probably starting January at Centenary in Hackettstown. The program will take somewhere between 1 and 3 years; I’m figuring out the details now. I temporarily moved to my parent’s place in Hackettstown. The idea is that they will be away for most of the winter, I needed a place to regroup and get started on this second career. So I’ll be here until May. That’s when my snowbird parents arrive back in town.

I’ll certainly miss my old place. But I still say that the neighborhood is way too sterile. Having a doorman sure was nice though. Shara, my housemate of four years has stayed in Jersey City, moving to her own place near Grove Street. Our recent housemate Dwight went to a different building at Newport. And our long lost Pierre is still far and away; last reports set him sunning himself on the beaches of California.

Hackettstown is a beautiful change of pace. It’s a small town 20 miles from Pennsylvania and a 1 hour drive to NYC. Just yesterday we got 6 inches of snow and the lake behind the house froze over. The wintering geese don’t look happy about the ice but they’ll get used to it.

Be seeing you,


Rough Science

Rough Science (better than 1980’s This Old House!) and Justice League (Cartoons for the Buffy generation) are my favorite TV shows. Watch them.

Religious Intolerance, Crack of the Masses

Here’s a scary Halloween story.

Police officers with shot guns and flack jackets break up a pagan wedding, where 2 people are wearing fairy wings
by Tish Owen (owner of The Goddess and The Moon, Nashville TN)

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Religion is the Opiate of the Masses

[written 10-28-02]

[Unfinished rant]

Look at what the most intensely religious people read. Left Behind, Dianetics, and The Celestine Prophecy are all huge best-sellers.

It took the Vatican 359 years to apologize to Galileo. Here’s a funny Catholic apologist.

The Moral Majority is neither.

Most shamanistic religions use heavy breath control to induce religious stupors in it’s devotees. Most of the others use mental “breath control” to similar ends.