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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Chapter 20. How We Keep in Touch the Internet Way

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Evolution is a trickster. You may spend a lifetime studying the evolution of living organisms, but would you ever have predicted a platypus—part mole, part duck, and part kangaroo? Who would have expected the mighty dinosaurs would develop into tiny sparrows?

Technological evolution is just as sneaky. When the Internet was toddling among a few exclusive spots, it looked as if it were going to develop into an important way for academics to confer and for the military to maintain communications after someone dropped The Big One. After the same early Internet escaped from the profs and generals, it ...

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