ACMS, Questions on Internet History. (fwd)

Dave Horsfall dave at
Mon May 22 16:39:32 AEST 2000

Perhaps some of the learned people on this list can help this chappie
out?  The ACMS is the Australian Computer Museum Society, and could in
turn be a valuable resource for this list; note that he signs himself
as a "PDP-11 Support Consultant"...

Replies to him, please, unless deemed of interest to the list.

Dave Horsfall VK2KFU  dave at  Ph: +61 2 9978-7493 Fx: +61 2 9978-7422
Geac Computers P/L (FGH Division) 2/57 Christie St, St Leonards 2065, Australia

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 12:53:26
From: John  G E R E M I N <megajohn at>
To: ACS NSW List <acsnsw-l at>
Subject: ACMS, Questions on Internet History.

Greetings All,  (from a Netscape v3, Eudora and Win-3.11 system),

The ACMS has been asked about the History Of The Internet In Australia.

This assumes that the 'Internet' is defined as using IP protocols,
 and the World-Wide-Web that provided permanent (or semi-permanent)
 connections between major nodes and the end-users.

We also know that DEC had world-wide DECNET for its corporate use.
We know that U**X systems had FTP, TELNET etc available on systems
  using fixed line connections (eg within Unis, etc).

We know about the ArpaNet origins (we hope)

We know? that the first Internet users here were the CSIRO and Unis.
But were they connected initially to the overseas Internet ?

So some questions, designed to sort out some confusions.
First hand experiences would be good as would pointers to documentation.

	Note - all these relate to Australia (but answers may include 
		info relating to overseas contexts).

  a1	First use of Fido-Net or other BBS using Dial-up messaging ?

  a2	First use of E-MAIL via FidoNet or other BBS ?

  a3	First use of FreeWare/File Distribution via FidoNet or other BBS ?

  a4	First use of Message/Conference Areas/Groups on BBS ?
  b1	First use of permanent IP addresses ?

  b2	First use of E-MAIL via IP addresses ?

  b3	First use of File Transfers via Internet ?

  b4	First use of NewsGroups via Internet ?

  b5	First use of Graphical Displays via Internet ?

  b6	First use of 'http://www' type URL addressing via Internet ?

  b7	First use of two-way (interactive) audio via Internet ?

  b8	First use of two-way (intereactive) video via Internet ?

  c1	Any other major Internet milestones in the Australian environment ?

Many thanks, John G. (PS you don't need to answer all questions!) 

 John GEREMIN, megajohn at   Ph. 02-9764 4855
 PDP-11 Support Consultant, MEGATRONICS, Australia.  NEW Mob. => 0427 10 20 60 <=

Hon. Treasurer, Australian COMPUTER MUSEUM Society Inc.     Fax: 02-9764 4679

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