For those of you that like reading..
Here are some interesting facts about the INTERNET.. and about me as
The INTERNET kicked-off about thirty years ago when the government wanted
to unload an old network it no longer had use for. That network was called
DARPA. After this transition it was known as Arpa-Net. Only Universities
were allowed to access it at first. Much later came the new access
providers (called ISPs). Something was happening, but no one was quite
sure exactly what that was as of yet. All eyes were on this new and still
Suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere the early INTERNET was born! It was
amazing! In the beginning the entire downstate New York region was served
by just a few pioneers who had a vision of what would become the greatest
thing that has ever existed to date. A world where everyone was connected
together! Those early networks were LI.NET, PANIX and SPEC.NET. That, by
the way, is where I started!
Among SPEC.NET's first customers were SPRINT (the phone company), GANNETT
(the media company behind USA Today) and more. They even connected Cold
Spring Harbor Labs.
The INTERNET began on 56k and T1(1.5mb) lines and the end-users like you
were connected by dialups on modems at 2400 baud (slow-motion at best even
with text). When 9600 and 56kbps modems came about it was considerably
faster, but still nowhere near the speeds of today, and the speeds of
Then it happened all over again! A rebirth! A graphical interface to it
all. PRODIGY introduced a graphical browser using an old Ham Radio imaging
protocol called NAPLPS. Boom! Internet Explorer and Netscape were born
next. From that moment on the INTERNET was no longer a text-based world!
Now most of us connect at blazing speeds of 20 Megabits per second and
faster, so web pages, and even High Definition Video loads quickly. There
is no more waiting on the Internet, the World Wide Web is really all over
the world, and things are only going to get better!
I hope you enjoy this website and all it offers. It is a gift to all of
the kids (including the big kids like me) of the Long Island New York
area, as well as people all over the world!!
- Al Thiel