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Aug 18, 2019

In this mini-episode we look at the Jargon File, an early primary source about hacker culture.

The most recent version of the file lives here: http://catb.org/jargon/html/

If you want more of my voice, I was also recently on the What Do You Do With That podcast talking about restoring an IBM PS/2 Model 25. You can find...


Episode 10 Notes - American Networking

Aug 14, 2019

There isn't such a thing as a single event we can point to as the "birth of the internet", but we do get close to an event like that during the Cold War. That was when ARPANET, an early iteration of widespread networking, was designed and built. And while there were an uncounted number of contributors to the design of...


Aug 11, 2019

In this episode we are going to explore the ARPANET. This is a companion to the last episode, which covered contemporary Soviet attempts to create an early internet.

Like with last time, today we are still in the Cold War era. Now, this won't be a point by point comparison of Soviet to US networks. They are totally...


Episode 9 Notes - Soviet Networking

Jul 31, 2019

ARPANET was the precursor to the modern internet, or at least the network infrastructure we are familiar with today. The design phase of the project started in the early 1960s, with the first infrastructure being placed in '69. Eventually the project would grow into the internet we know today, but there were earlier...


Jul 28, 2019

Often times people assume the US is the homeland of the internet. Funded by the US Department of Defence, the first attempts at a large-scale network were started during the height of the Cold War, and a large part of it's design was redundancy and robust-ness. Some of the researchers were quite frank about it's...