[vcf-midatlantic] oldest email address in the club

Evan Koblentz evan at snarc.net
Thu Sep 8 12:08:58 EDT 2016

>>>> The InterNIC became Network Solutions when Al Gore invented the
>>>> commercial Internet - an event we all remember.
>>>  Yeah the Al Gore thing was the source of endless laughter. :)
>> To be fair:
>> a) He never actually claimed to have invented the Internet
>> b) What he DID claim, which was totally correct, was that he was responsible in large part for the funding that brought the Internet to the public
>   I disagree, very loudly.

There's nothing to "disagree" with. Whether or not Gore was instrumental 
in funding vital things like the backbone, or he wasn't. Facts are like 
math, not literature: you don't "believe" them or not; they just ARE.

>   Having built and managed much of the infrastructure for one of the
> first public ISPs, I can categorically state that we did not receive one
> red cent from Al Gore, the federal government, or anyone else other than
> ourselves.  We lived on ramen noodles and lots of couch-sharing, and
> built it all starting from a pair of used Sun-3 systems up to the third
> largest ISP on the planet.  ZERO help from Al Gore.
>   The funding that his efforts resulted in went primarily to the growth
> of backbone services

...Without which ISPs would only have "nets", not "inter(s)". :(

> it was well on its way and would've happened without any of that.

THAT is open to opinion. Would it have happened anyway without federal 
funding? I don't know.

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