Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Lo, Indeed

MIT computer jock Leonard Kleinrock, a professor of computer science at UCLA, was born on this day in 1934 in New York City.

Kleinrock created the basic principles of packet switching which were eventually adopted by Vinton Cerf within the project which came to be known as the Internet during the 1960s. He also directed the transmission, in 1969, of the first message ever to pass over the Internet. Intending to spell the word "login," the system crashed after the letters "lo" -- or "Lo!," if you're romantically-disposed.

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