November 2019 is, as best I can recall, the 40th anniversary of the conception of Usenet. (What's Usenet? The Wikipedia article is ok but not perfect.) I should have written a proper paper; instead, there will (probably) be an irregular series of blog posts. I'll do Part I of N tonight.
Here is the table of contents, actual and projected, for this series.
- The Early History of Usenet: Prologue
- The Technological Setting
- Hardware and Economics
- File Format
- Implementation and User Experience
- Authentication and Norms
- The Public Announcement
- Usenet Growth and B-news
- The Great Renaming
- Retrospective Thoughts
The tag URL https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb/blog/control/tag_index.html#TH_Usenet_history will always take you to an index of all blog posts on this topic.