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This Day in Computer History: November 21

written by: Pipedreamergrey•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/22/2008

Today marks the anniversary of the internet's very first stable computer-to-computer connection. Read more in "This Day in Computer History", a chronology of notable events in the computer, ecommerce, and software industries on this day in history.

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    This Day in Computer History


    The first permanent link over the ARPANET was successfully established between a computer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a computer at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California over a 50 Kbps connection. Most historians would later consider this event to be the moment the internet was born. The first such attempt to establish a connection had infamously failed after the SRI computer crashed two letters into the login command.


    Following two years of consumer market testing, Time, Inc. announced that it would discontinue its Time Teletext system, one of the earliest electronic news distribution networks and a forerunner of the internet.


    The Attorney General for the state of Texas announced that it had initiated a lawsuit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment alleging that the company's Extended Copy Protection (XCP) DRM technology violated the state's new anti-spyware law by creating security gaps on consumers’ computers.

    IBM launched an initiative dubbed "FightAIDS@Home," under which it will use its World Community Grid, one of the ten fastest supercomputers in the world, to perform AIDS research in collaboration with the La Jolla, California-based Scripps Research Institute. The project will harness the idle processor time of 170,000 individual computers to run millions of docking computations in order to assess the potential interactions between mutant viral proteins and chemical compounds that might be used against them.


    Samsung Electronics announced the development of the world's thinnest LCD panel system, dubbed the "i-Lens." The LCD screens were only .82 millimeters thick, no thicker than the average credit card, while still integrating the entire panel assembly.

    The stock value of search engine giant Google exceeds five hundred dollars per share for the first time since the company's initial public offering when it peaked at $507.52 at mid-day.

    TomB released nUbuntu 6.10 as a LiveCD complete with the utilities required to perform penetration tests on networks and servers.