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After creating HTML, why did Tim Berners-Lee bother creating HTTP? Why didn't he just write a HTML renderer for a FTP client?

The browser did, in fact, support retrieving pages over anonymous FTP from the beginning, and it also supported other protocols. But, some of the early documents mention additional features for ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

Back in the 1970's, there were essentially two candidates for a potential internet protocol suite: TCP/IP and ISO Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). OSI was being designed by a consortium of ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

It was there and it worked, it was an open standard, and it was reasonably straightforward. (FWIW, I had a small role on the losing team, working in a corner of DECnet/OSI, aka DECnet Phase V, which ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

I used to work at a university in the UK, and went to a talk on the history of JANet (the Joint Academic Network, one of the first National-area networks that links university campuses and other ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

I think IP became ubiquitous because there really wasn't anything else to compete with it. You see IP is not a protocol for networking computers together, it's a protocol (actually a suite or ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

One reason that the IP suite got everywhere is that there are good specifications for running it on top of various other networks. So if you're already using X.25 or ATM, you don't need to add more ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

There's a lot of apples and oranges here. And everyone had a lot of good points made, but your question is simple, and has a very simple answer. I'll endeavor to address that directly, but do need to ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

In the late '80s I was working for a university CS dept as the hardware manager. We had various computers with different networks running on them. At various points, we were running token ring (pushed ...
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What were the major things that caused TCP/IP to become the internet standard protocol?

It may be worth looking at institutional aspects, as well. It wasn't that clear sailing as one might suppose. While the US DoD had switched to TCP/IP on Jan. 1, 1983, there was also the competing (and ...
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Setting email up on MacOS System 7

This VOGONS thread covers someone asking a similar question about getting Outlook Express 5 to log into GMail back in 2018. You have two (possibly three) problems to solve: The mail host now ...
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How can I construct a dial-up network in my home, purely for the kicks?

To connect two telephones together, you need a battery. The battery supplies line current to the telephones. A modem typically listens for a dial tone, and a ring tone. You can buy dial tone and ring ...
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What was the first dedicated core router?

I'm not clear what you mean by "core router," nor on what kind of protocols and purposes you want the selection limited to. Providing more details about the implicit taxonomy of routers that ...
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How can I construct a dial-up network in my home, purely for the kicks?

Silicon Chip magazine had a Telephone Exchange Simulator for Testing Modems project. The first page of the construction project is available online. Unfortunately I don't have that particular months ...
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