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On the Origin Of The Universe (or at least our part of it...) Answered

In the course of a conversation in the chatroom, I triggered myself to go look up old RFC's. I found http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc-sidx1.html . It's kind of like stumbling across Moses' chicken-scrawled first drafts of Genesis...

A couple of selected quotes,

From RFC-6 (A Conversation with Bob Kahn), "BB&N is prepared to convert 6, 7, 8, or 9 bit character codes into 8-bit ASCII for transmission and convert again upon assembly at the destination IMP." So ASCII was not a standard data protocol yet.

From RFC-82 (Network Meeting Notes), "ARPA will not pay for the coffee and pastry being served, so please chip in to help me pay for it."

[Edit 23 Jul 2009: Fixed URL above to eliminate spurious period.]

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Goodhartkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Oy, sorry, I normally notice things like that too.....I was up too early this morning....couldn't sleep. Yes, thanks that works

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Gjdj3

10 years ago

That's awesome!

In the beginning the IETF engineered the internet. It was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the IETF was hovering over the lines of code. Then they said "Let there be 8-bit ASCII" and there was 8-bit ASCII. And they saw it, and that it was good.

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kelseymhGjdj3

Reply 10 years ago

Nope. See RFC-20 -- the standard was seven-bit ASCII; the high-order bit was required to be zero (a nice bit of error checking).

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Gjdj3kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Argh, and after I typed that entire thing up. Oh well, it's good to know.

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kelseymhGjdj3

Reply 10 years ago

:-) "Let there be ASCII" is a good line, though. That's essentially what RFC-20 is doing -- delcaring that ASCII will be the standard for network traffic, including all the control codes.