In Praise Of Breakthrough Technologies

The introductory article of "The Internet Age" (Cover Story, Oct. 4) prompts me to point out some missing bytes of information. In October, 1969, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles indeed tested the first host-to-host computer transmission. The unnamed colleagues at the other end of the phone line in Menlo Park, Calif., were at Stanford Research Institute, now known as SRI International. And while the SRI system crashed when the first word "login" was automatically completed by the receiving host, SRI immediately realized the problem, and a second attempt was successful. Both the UCLA and SRI systems had been crashing during the debugging period that preceded the successful login; what is notable, of course, is not the crash, but the success.

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