Thursday, 15 July 2010

Internet breakthrough: Jean Morgan is wired

Today I helped Jean Morgan, Press Gazette's legendary former chief reporter, connect to the internet for the first time via broadband at her London home.
No longer will she be able to answer the question "which is your favourite new media?" in my annual Xmas questionnaire with "not applicable" or "Bah! humbug".

History was made today as you can see from my exclusive internet timeline:
1969: ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) goes online in December, connecting four major U.S. universities. Designed for research, education, and government organizations, it provides a communications network linking the country in the event that a military attack destroys conventional communications systems.
1972: Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson, a Cambridge, Mass., computer scientist. He uses the @ to distinguish between the sender's name and network name in the email address.
1973: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed and in 1983 it becomes the standard for communicating between computers over the Internet.
1982: The word “Internet” is used for the first time.
1989: Tim Berners-Lee develops a new technique for distributing information on the Internet. He calls it the World Wide Web.
2010: Jean Morgan connects to the internet
  • Friday: The first email arrives: "How dare you put me on your blog! Now can you tell me how to turn this machine off?!!!"


George Dearsley said...

Jean Morgan- legend. That's all.

Busfield said...

Welcome to the WWW, Jean