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Journal Writing Projec: Andy Wolter


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I was wondering about the roots of the Internet a few days ago, and I found some good information. My internet research corresponded quite nicely with my lack of a Journal topic, just in case you were curious like me.

The idea of an internet was conceived in the early ‘60s when the RAND corporation started research on communications networks for the military. The military needed a communications line that could survive in the event of a nuclear attack.

Between 1962 and 1969 the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Project Agency created a small network, known as ARPANET, which was to be used to connect university computers together to link researchers across the country.

The first ARPANET network was set up during 1969 and linked Stanford Research Institute, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Utah.

The ARPANET network was a success. Even though it was originally supposed to be used for scientists to access remote computers and share data, email became the most popular usage for people to work on research projects and communicate.

By 1971 ARPANET had 23 hosts that connected universities and research centers all over the country, and by 1973 ARPANET had gone international with connections to universities in London, and The Royal Radar Establishment in Norway. In 1974 the first commercial version ARPANET was opened and named “Telenet”.

In 1979 two grad students from Duke establish the first USENET newsgroups, where people from all over the world can join in discussion groups on the net, politics, and many other topics.

The 1980s was a big decade for the advancement of the internet. TCP/IP, a common internet language was created, and the internet as we know it was born.

With new advancements in hardware technology, and more inexpensive desktop computers many companies got “on line” to better communicate with each other and with customers. The 80s also held the first occurrence of security problems on the internet when in 1988 the “Internet Worm” was unleashed and shut down 10% of all Internet hosts. In response to the Internet Worm, CERT, or the Computer Emergency Response Team, was formed to look at possible security problems. 1989 closed out the decade with over 100,000 Internet hosts.

The 90s started with the decommissioning of ARPANET, leaving only a .....
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Township Roads: Cold Weather Reading

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It was too cold, in my opinion, to work outside for long this weekend. The boys and I managed to stay warm for a couple hours while we split firewood. I’m sure we could have kept warm all afternoon had we been splitting with axes and a sledgehammer, ..... 
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Editorial Opinion : Leave no child behind

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Governor Tom Pawlenty announced his choice for Education Secretary two weeks ago. New administration, new Education Secretary; new Education Secretary, new plan.

Cheri Pierson Yecke, I wish you the best of luck, but pardon me f ..... 
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The Commute: You go, baby

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

A year ago I vowed to get more physical exercise. I don't mind admitting I was somewhat impressed with myself for making this decision. In March, I had the chance to visit my doctor for an annual exam. His reading of my cholesterol levels moving in a ..... 
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Of People Places and Things: What would Jesus drive?

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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What would Jesus drive?   “To some, the question might seem amusing. But we take it seriously...”   So begins a recent advertisement from The Evangelical Environmental Network asking Christians to eva ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The other day I was sitting in class minding my own business when I overheard a student proclaiming to another student, “Why aren’t you normal? Can you be normal for just one day?” My mind quickly wandered from my studies and I concentrated on these ..... 
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I’ll be home for Christmas

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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I'll be home for Christmas;   You can count on me […]  I'll be home for Christmas   If only in my dreams

I’m going home for Christmas! I am finally going ..... 
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Township Roads: The mystery dog

Fri, Jan 10th, 2003
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A new dog has come to live with us. We think she is a Jack Russell terrier, but we’re not sure if that brand of terrier has light gray spots like this one has. Her pedigree doesn’t seem to matter to her and it doesn’t matter to us. She is just a litt ..... 
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