Monday, December 3, 2007

The First 100 Registered .com Domains

Slashdot found an interesting page today - a list of the first 100 domains registered under .com.

The first three .edu's were cmu.edu, purdue.edu, rice.edu and ucla.edu in April of 1985.

I didn't even start college until September of 1986 and I never even HEARD of the Internet until August of 1991, so this is a fairly stunning piece of information.

The very first .com was symbolics.com from March of 1985. There's not much there now but it looks like they were some sort of custom workstation company.

The second was bbn.com - an early player in Internet infrastructure development.

Many of the other names you might expect - dec.com, hp.com, sun.com, intel.com, att.com - all registered in late fall 1985 to early spring 1986 - when, ironically enough, I was still hanging out on a 300 baud modem on CompuServe and PeopleLink.

Quite fascinatingly, relatively late to the list was cisco.com in May, 1987 - right abuot the time, if I remember correctly, I was learning how to program in FORTRAN on a VAX or something of the sort.

Oh, yes ... how far we've come ...

2 Comments:

At December 8, 2007 at 5:21 PM, Blogger Althusius said...

But I thought Al Gore invented the Internet. :)

 
At December 8, 2007 at 6:10 PM, Blogger Axinar said...

In fact, apparently he did bear some responsibility as the funding for some of the major early work on the Internet did come from a bill that Gore sponsored when he was in the Senate.

 

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