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The Internet works because a lot of people cooperate to do things together. Jon Postel#Cooperate 67
Jon Postel#Cooperate 67
I got involved when I was a graduate student at UCLA when UCLA was the first site on the net. Jon Postel#First 66
Jon Postel#First 66
The routers get involved in this and they know that on the path between this router and that router a certain percentage of the bandwidth is reserved to these things and a certain percentage of it is allowed on a first come first served basis. Jon Postel#Allowed 64
Jon Postel#Allowed 64
The world wide web has really been quite spectacular and not something I would have predicted. Jon Postel#Predicted 61
Jon Postel#Predicted 61
Then I started graduate school at UCLA. I got a part time research assistant job as a programmer on a project involving the use of one computer to measure the performance of another computer. Jon Postel#Another 57
Jon Postel#Another 57
There was one issue on which there seemed to be almost unanimity: the Internet should not be managed by any government, national or multinational. Jon Postel#Almost 55
Jon Postel#Almost 55
One way to get high speed to the home is over cable systems. Jon Postel#Cable 54
Jon Postel#Cable 54
Corporate documents, like football game plans, are not easily drafted in a stadium, with thousands of very interested fans participating, each with their own red pencil, trying to reach a consensus on every word. Jon Postel#Ball 52
Jon Postel#Ball 52
But I do have a computer at home and a pretty good ISDN connection. Jon Postel#Computer 52
Jon Postel#Computer 52
One of the things that is not so good is that a decision was made long ago about the size of an IP address - 32 bits. At the time it was a number much larger than anyone could imagine ever having that many computers but it turned out to be to small. Jon Postel#computers 42
Jon Postel#computers 42
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