i worked for the air force in the pentagon doing studies about this
newfangled thing called the arpanet in conjunction with sri, who were in
california. i worked on a system called multics, and can remember when the
number of sites on the arpanet was numbered by the handful. i did one of the
first studies on using this odd looking thing called a mouse (and also a
chord keyboard) doing intercontinental document editing, to see if the
response time was usable across the arpanet at what was then great
distances. my office then got a new computer, a dec 11/45, and loaded up
unix license #7 for investigation. i can remember when the first routers
(called tips) were about the size of large refrigerators.
if you've seen the cringley tv show on the start of the internet, i was
involved in a lot of that early hardware.
cave creek, az