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25 years of .com and the Internet

[tweetmeme] The Internet, the most common resource of the entire world is not really very old. I mean considering that I am older to the internet by a good few years. Its interesting considering that it is more known than I am … hehehe well I guess thats like wishful thinking. Nevertheless, its really surprising that something that a few years back was considered very geek, is now considered normal. I guess there is hope for us Geeks, only issue is the time it takes 😉

Well getting back to the whole, how old is the internet, there is a website to answer the question, its (guess) which is quite the name that seems to answer the question straight off. But to be honest, the Internet was the successor of the then research network The ARPAnet, which was born in November 1969, making the Internet 39 years old. The ARPAnet created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) of the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the contemporary global Internet.

I am not sure when the internet was born, did people ever think that it could reach the proportions that it reached today. In the future, when we touch upon the realm of Augmented Reality, the Internet will become more ubiquitous with the day to day activities of our daily lives.

Having said that, the first website ever was the Cern Website, yes the research facility that is now the home of the world’s largest and most expensive machine ever built the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).

Todays Inquisitive tit bit is the oldest Domain Names of the Internet.

Rank Registered Date Domain Name
1 15-March-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2 24-April-1985 BBN.COM
3 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4 11-July-1985 MCC.COM
5 30-September-1985 DEC.COM
6 07-November-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7 09-January-1986 XEROX.COM
8 17-January-1986 SRI.COM
9 03-March-1986 HP.COM
10 05-March-1986 BELLCORE.COM

I guess the only Joy I am getting out of this is reminding myself of how Old I am. lol What it does tell me is the most technologically switched on companies around the world have been Xerox and HP. Hmm, maybe next time before ridiculing the HP laptop that my friend bought I will keep this in mind.

How will the world end ?

If global warming and the meltdown of the economy weren’t enough to frazzle you about the future, maybe the ending of the world news will do the trick for you. It all started with a question, if the dinosaurs got extinct, will it mean that we might also have a chance of extinction ? (not like its an honour) People started to provide answers, to what events might lead to the end of the earth. Some are saying it’ll be humans that set it off. Others believe that a natural phenomenon will be the cause. And the religious folks are saying it’ll be God himself who presses the stop button… Well lets look at all the possible options that the people on the internet are talking about.

  1. Mayan Calendar
  2. Sun Storms
  3. The Atom Smasher
  4. Religious texts
  5. Magnetic Pole reversal theory

Mayan Calendar

The first mob to predict 2012 as the end of the world were the Mayans, a bloodthirsty race that were good at two things: Building highly accurate astrological equipment out of stone and Sacrificing Virgins. Thousands of years ago they managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon as 329.53020 days, only 34 seconds out. The Mayan calendar predicts that the Earth will end on December 21, 2012. Given that they were pretty close to the mark with the lunar cycle, it’s likely they’ve got the end of the world right as well is the actual conclusion that people jump to, the fact is that the calendar does not continue after the 21st of December 2012. The Mayan’s were extremely incredible at pin pointing exact astrological events. They managed to calculate the length of the lunar moon cycle as 329.53020 days which happen to only be off 34 seconds. How did they do it? They built their equipment out of stone. The problem is – most people have misinterpreted the Mayan’s calendar. They say “oh, they were sooo smart! And they said we’d all end in 2012”.The Mayan’s did not state the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. It says that the world will undergo a change, or transition. This does not mean that the end of the world. It may change in ways that help us all, to accommodate all the filth and waste we have created. Though it could be for the worst, it could be for the better as well. It may have something to do with the Polarity changes as I will mention later. Who knows. But it does not say the world will end. People have a tendency of changing things to be more disastrous For to most, the world is “too boring” for them.

Possibility : Don’t think so !

Sun Storms

Solar experts from around the world monitoring the sun have made a startling discovery: our sun is in a bit of strife. The energy output of the sun is, like most things in nature, cyclic, and it’s supposed to be in the middle of a period of relative stability. However, recent solar storms have been bombarding the Earth with so much radiation energy, it’s been knocking out power grids and destroying satellites. This activity is predicted to get worse, and calculations suggest it’ll reach its deadly peak sometime in 2012. Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences.

The projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. “We’re moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster,” says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and chair of the NAS committee responsible for the report. It is hard to conceive of the sun wiping out a large amount of our hard-earned progress. Nevertheless, it is possible. The surface of the sun is a roiling mass of plasma – charged high-energy particles – some of which escape the surface and travel through space as the solar wind. From time to time, that wind carries a billion-tonne glob of plasma, a fireball known as a coronal mass ejection (see “When hell comes to Earth”). If one should hit the Earth’s magnetic shield, the result could be truly devastating.

The incursion of the plasma into our atmosphere causes rapid changes in the configuration of Earth’s magnetic field which, in turn, induce currents in the long wires of the power grids. The grids were not built to handle this sort of direct current electricity. The greatest danger is at the step-up and step-down transformers used to convert power from its transport voltage to domestically useful voltage. The increased DC current creates strong magnetic fields that saturate a transformer’s magnetic core. The result is runaway current in the transformer’s copper wiring, which rapidly heats up and melts. Things could get far worse than that ! According to the NAS report, a severe space weather event in the could induce ground currents that would knock out key transformers within about 90 seconds, cutting off the power for more than 1 billion people. From that moment, the clock is ticking.

Possibility : We may not go extinct, maybe as bad as when the tsunami hit !

The Atom Smasher

The Large Hadron Collider [LHC] is the world largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It is intended to collide opposing protons or lead ions, each moving about 99.999999% the speed of light. So how can this monster machine make or break us? Come on – it’s high tech but how does it bring on the end of the world? Well, it can help us! – it’s suppose to help find out how the universe works. But, ohh it might spawn a few miniature black holes.

Okay, so have you done your homework on the LHC? Even if it does spawn some little black holes, they are saying the black holes will be unstable. Being unstable, they will disappear, unable to suck up much – if anything at all. Even if black holes do come and suck some stuff up – no one is sure what happens in a black hole – this could help with research. Who’s to say if anything in a black hole dies. Maybe it’s transported into the future, or back in time. Maybe another dimension where everything is safe from the suns UVs, and Earth is back to normal. Who knows. The LHC, I believe, is nothing to worry about.

The Large Hadron Collider, this particle accelerator isn’t legitimately believed to be harmful to our universe.  I mean, really, are we supposed to believe some mad scientist bent on the destruction of the world is orchestrating this while trying to fend off bad PR?  I think Superman can sit this one out.  I read somewhere that Stephen Hawking bet someone a hundred bucks that this thing wouldn’t destroy the world.  I’m taking Stephen Hawking’s side on this one.  In case you don’t trust Stephen Hawking like I do, you can always check out this website for updates:

Possibility : Well don’t know, but I will bet on no.

Religious Texts

If having scientists warning us about the end of the world isn’t bad enough, religious folks are getting in on the act as well. Interpretations of the Christian Bible reveal that the date for Armageddon, the final battle between Good an Evil, has been set down for 2012. The I Ching, also known as the Chinese book of Changes, says the same thing, as do various sections of the Hindu teachings. Well its very clear that every religion on the planet tried to show the world that there could be a dooms day where you will be judges, otherwise the primitive conscience of the humans would not be “controlled” easily.

Uhm… I’m going to go with No on this one.  This is one of those Nostradamus theories.  Sure, Nostradamus’ predictions can be applied to a lot of things… Because they’re so broad.  But really, apocalypse enthusiasts, do you have to bring up the second coming every time people start getting hot and bothered about the end of the world?  At least these other theories are fresh.

Possibility : Well I am not sure, but I think God who created the earth, will not destroy it so easily.

Magnetic Pole reversal theory

Doesn’t have to be the end of the world, just because some poles shift.

We all know the Earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that sheilds us from most of the sun’s radiation. What you might not know is that the magnetic poles we call north and south have a nasty habit of swapping places every 750,000 years or so – and right now we’re about 30,000 years overdue. Scientists have noted that the poles are drifting apart roughly 20-30kms each year, much faster than ever before, which points to a pole-shift being right around the corner. While the pole shift is underway, the magnetic field is disrupted and will eventually disappear, sometimes for up to 100 years. The result is enough UV outdoors to crisp your skin in seconds, killing everything it touches.

We know how to make a magnet.. right? Electricity. So why couldn’t we set up tons of big poles on the north and south side of the earth, and simulate our own magnetic field out of electricity if the Earths Magnetic Field goes down. We can power it with Wind Mills, Water, and even nuclear energy. It’s freakin’ 2009.. we can build it. We can do it. If it is nessecary, for the precaution of the Human Race – we can get together and save us all. Including the furry little animals. We can prevent the end of the world.

Possibility : Don’t think so !