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How Much Do You Actually Know About The Internet?

  • Thirty years ago, Interop began as a simple gathering to test networking protocols. Shortly thereafter, companies started registering for their own Internet domains, and the World Wide Web spread like wildfire.

    Corporate and consumer usage has blossomed, and today most of us can't imagine living with the wealth of information the Internet provides at our fingertips – some of it indispensable, some of it utterly silly. Interop has evolved in stop, becoming a global technology conference on cloud computing, data centers, mobility, IoT and the IT leadership challenges of doing business in the digital age. 

    How much do you know about Internet firsts and moments in history? Test yourself with our quiz.

    Take part in more anniversary festivities and learn what the future holds at Interop Las Vegas, coming up very soon! Check out the Future of Networking, a two-day summit presented by Packet Pushers, and register now for Interop, May 2-6 in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out!

  • A: B.

    The name was registered on March 15, 1985, to Symbolics Computer Corporation, a Mass.-based pioneer in computer development and manufacturer of Lisp computing devices. The company's technology assets were later privately acquired, but the website was bought and is still maintained by collector Aron Mystedt as a tribute to Internet history and an information resource.

  • A: B. TCP/IP Vendor’s Workshop

    In August 1986, the Internet Advisory Board (now the Internet Architecture Board) and TCP/IP pioneer Dan Lynch worked with DARPA to develop the TCP/IP Vendors Workshop, which evolved into Interop. The workshop was designed to bring TCP/IP protocol designers together with equipment vendors. Lynch began using the shorter name Interop and expanded the conference in 1988. Vendors with TCP/IP products that could reliably interoperate were invited to participate. Fifty companies made the cut and 5,000 networking pros attended.

  • A: C. Morris

    The following summer, Cornell graduate student Robert Tappan Morris was indicted for spreading the Internet’s first worm virus, infecting more than 6,000 university, research center and military computers. Morris maintained that the damage was inadvertent; he wrote the program only to prove that worm propagation across the Internet was possible, but a mistake in the code caused it to replicate out of control. The $75 billion cybersecurity market thanks him.

  • A: D. Archie

    The first search engine created was Archie, developed in 1990 by Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal. The original intent of the name was "archives," but it was shortened. Archie helped solve "data scatter" by combining a script-based data gatherer with a regular expression matcher that could retrieve file names based on a user query.

  • A: A. A large pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese

    Pizza Hut was one of the pioneers of online storefronts, launching its PizzaNet ordering system. The system is till online and in use, if you don't mind a clunky interface. Almost a year later, Amazon fulfilled its first order for Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter, still available today.

  • A: F. None of them.

    Above is an advertisement for the Neiman Marcus Kitchen Computer, which the company attempted to market with the slogan, "If only she can cook as well as Honeywell computes." Some things are best left in the past, but you can see all of these artifacts and thousands more online and in person at the Computer History Museum.

  • A: C. Women's lingerie

    Victoria’s Secret held its first annual online fashion show in February of 1999. The online event was announced 72 hours earlier in a racy Super Bowl TV ad and attracted over 2 million viewers. While the service that hosted the event was a bit overwhelmed by the huge demand, it was considered the first major successful webcast.

  • A: C. Mr. T

    The A-Team start and former professional wrestler added to the action in 2000, appearing at the Cable & Wireless booth and co-hosting the launch part of the firm's SMB offering called a-Services (get it – A-Team, a-Services?) The conference was then held at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta and known under the name NetWorld+Interop. Thankfully, no complaints surfaced about Mr. T using his wrestling moves on exhibitors or attendees.

  • A: B. World of Warcraft

    With 5.5 million subscribers as of last November, World of Warcraft is currently the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (known as an MMORPG) and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular online game by subscribers. The game grossed over 10 billion dollars in July 2012 to become the highest grossing video game of all time. In January 2014, game creator Blizzard Entertainment announced that more than 100 million accounts had been created on the World of Warcraft platform.