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Happy Birthday to the Internet!

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Happy Birthday to the Internet!

Today the Internet turns 40. Before we get into the details of all that this wondrous creation has brought us, let's look back to where it all began.

Around forty years ago, UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his colleagues were working on a project funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency, a program of the U.S. Department of Defense. The project was called ARPANET, and it was a network comprised of four nodes with terminals in UCLA, Stanford, the University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Utah.

On October 29, 1969, a message was successfully sent from the terminal in UCLA to the terminal in Stanford. Although the system initially crashed, another attempt was successful and here we are, forty years later, with our bottomless pit o' porn and Viagra that is the World Wide Web. Group hug!

So, let's raise a glass to the Internet. You've grown from that oh-so-primitive network to something that can pay my bills, feed my cat, buy my shoes and feed all of my tech-related habits. Is there anything it can't do?

What impact has the Internet had on your life? Let us know in the comments below!

Now, where should I send this horrible, singing, ecard ...

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    doc70 , October 31, 2009 12:29 AM
    the best thing since sliced bread...
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    pwnzerage , October 31, 2009 1:43 AM
    I could've sworn that Al Gore invented the internet...
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    CoryInJapan , October 31, 2009 12:53 AM
    Forgot to mention it brought us online gaming..One of the best thing to happen to video games since 3dfx
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  • 26 Hide
    doc70 , October 31, 2009 12:29 AM
    the best thing since sliced bread...
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    Hellbound , October 31, 2009 12:30 AM
    Happy B-day Interwebs....
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    ben850 , October 31, 2009 12:31 AM
    The Game.
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    Gin Fushicho , October 31, 2009 12:38 AM
    YAY! *throws cakes around*
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    CoryInJapan , October 31, 2009 12:53 AM
    Forgot to mention it brought us online gaming..One of the best thing to happen to video games since 3dfx
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    bgd73 , October 31, 2009 12:56 AM
    the net..for me...well the beginning sucked. I mean the 1999 and onward as a noob version. mid 2000s saw almost normal, like today. I disagree with the history. Top Secret always has one name, one location, and a false origin however. Way to go ucla! way to go!
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    Ciuy , October 31, 2009 1:09 AM
    imense impact ...
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    jeraldjunkmail , October 31, 2009 1:11 AM
    It plays Crysis...
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    leafblower29 , October 31, 2009 1:18 AM
    Quote:
    here we are, forty years later, with our bottomless pit o' porn and Viagra that is the World Wide Web.


    For some reason I didn't expect Jane to say that.
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    michaelahess , October 31, 2009 1:23 AM
    Um, 3dfx, how I miss thee, oh wait, internet, yeah, it's cool too....guess that IS what I make my living off of :)  Kinda wish for the old days of BBS' though, man those were fun!
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    eklipz330 , October 31, 2009 1:30 AM
    man i don't know what i would do without the internet...porn
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    pwnzerage , October 31, 2009 1:43 AM
    I could've sworn that Al Gore invented the internet...
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    landerx74 , October 31, 2009 1:50 AM
    YouPorn. God bless the net.
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 1:57 AM
    Pipes? Where's Them Thar Pipes at?

    Must have been some awfully small pipes back then!
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    ominous prime , October 31, 2009 2:01 AM
    Utorrent! It's amazing how far the internet has come, it's really changed the face of the planet, our daily lives, it's impact is so great on human society.
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    enyceckk101 , October 31, 2009 2:13 AM
    Is this a tick or a treat ?
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 2:22 AM
    It gave us leeeeeeroy jenkins!!
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    The Dark Wall , October 31, 2009 2:57 AM
    Quote:
    the best thing since sliced bread...


    To me, it's better than sliced bread!
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    zorreck , October 31, 2009 3:14 AM
    As we all know, the internet is a series of tubes that can be filled with...porn
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    Anonymous , October 31, 2009 3:21 AM
    no credit to Al Gore? He invented the damned thing!
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