Saturday, November 8, 2008

Birthplace of the Internet: 3420 Boelter Hall

I've long known that UCLA is the birthplace of the Internet. However, not until recently did I know the exact location of where this historical moment happened just more than 39 years ago: 3420 Boelter Hall. As a web programmer, I feel that it is my responsibility to check it out (after all, I'll be jobless if the Internet doesn't exist):

This is the current 3420 Boelter Hall

See, it is 3420

This is the old 3420 Boelter Hall, which
has become 3424 Boelter Hall now

Someone just used a marker to make the
"0" a "4" now. Typical engineer solution...
(-___- )

Because of this notice, I think that the first
ARPANET message was sent from this
3424 Boelter Hall, not the one I showed
in the first two photos

A look of the two rooms (on the left)
and the hallway

Man, the Engineering School should spend some money to create a plaque or, better yet, make 3420 Boelter Hall a exhibition room. Come on, this is a huge thing! Can you imagine what the world is like now if this groundbreaking research project didn't succeed back in 1969? :P

7 comments:

  1. maybe Stanford would have more money to do it!!

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  2. Tina: Yes Stanford is richer.. Not sure if they've done anything to Douglas Engelbart's lab at SRI where the first ARPANET message was sent to in 1969 though :P

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  3. Hi Alex,

    I'm a bit late, but I really appreciate your post.

    I've linked to an update on these events, one that you're probably already familiar with.

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  4. Also, the original room was 3420, which spanned the middle of (present-day) 3420 and 3424. Here is a link to the exact location.

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  5. Great! Thanks for the comment Brad :)

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  6. Hey Alex.. I was searching up 3420 boelter and your blog came up.

    I would like to link you an update http://www.dailybruin.com/index.php/article/2011/04/browsing_history
    ..Somebody finally IS doing something :)

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  7. Jessica: Great, thanks for the update. Hopefully the room will be ready for exhibition soon :)

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