"“Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet’’ is Andrew Blum’s travelogue through the physical reality of cyberspace. Across continents and oceans, Blum, a writer for Wired magazine, describes the brick-mortar-and-metal “exchanges” and “silos” that house our virtual lives. At UCLA, he visits computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, one of the more plausible “fathers of the Internet,” and the actual IMP (interface message processor) he installed in 1969. Along the way, Blum takes no small pleasure in redeeming the ultimate e-gaffes. It turns out the High Performance Computing and Communications Act, sponsored by US Senator Al Gore in 1991, really did shape Internet infrastructure as we know it today, even if “[i]nvent is undoubtedly the wrong word.”"‘Tubes’ by Andrew Blum - Books - The Boston Globe
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
‘Tubes’ by Andrew Blum - Books - The Boston Globe
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