(gorgekko @ Feb. 17 2005,15:41) Errr, the Internet did
exist in 1986. The World Wide Web, however, did not
Outside that I can relate to your post. About that time I wore jeans exclusively and owned what may have been the world's largest collection of Ocean Pacific t-shirts known to man. I was, in essence, Jeff Spicoli. Thank God I left those days in the late 1980s.
Be like that. I was referring to the WWW. I remember in 1990 using something in a computer laboratory at UCD that allowed us to electronically send our midterm papers to our professor. It was a course in environmental something or other, and the point was to have a paperless class. Of course, we took notes on paper. I'm not sure what the point of this is. Oh, yes. So, was the system in my UCD course similar to the "Internet" that existed in 1986? I did not get on to the WWW until August 1998, and by then, so much was going on, no one was talking about the origins of the phenomenon. Everyone was just "checking e-mail." To my naive eyes, it just seemed like the newest addiction.
The world wide web did not exist in 1986, it was developed in 1989. The ARPAnet (internet) did, however. By 1990, most of the UC schools were on "the internet", and of course that would include Davis, which was one of the first to join. UCLA, Berkeley, and Cal Tech were the first west-coast members of the arpanet, if my memory serves me properly. I believe UCSD was in there also, if not at first, then in the first few years. I have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting some of the individuals who created the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the UCLA lab (the first IMP), and also the man who penned the original RFC for email (and created the RFC system). Also got to meet some of the bright folks at BBN, which was the company hired by ARPA to create its "indestructable computer network system." The "internet" (or ARPAnet to be exact), has been around since the late 60's / early 70's.