Today I learned:
Usenet was called the “poor man’s ARPANet”. I always wondered why it looked and worked so differently with strange ‘bang (!)” paths, an “everything available to anybody who asks” philosophy. [reader centric rather than top-down centric].
While ARPAnet was created by the US Military, Usenet was created by poor graduate students.
It connected (connects – it’s still available and in use) unix machines with each other in whatever way they connected. [usually phone modems]. It didn’t have to be on the TCP/IP network of ARPAnet, although gateways were made later on.
Even though these mentions of internet history might not make sense, I’ll just say that a piece of internet history that’s baffled me for some time in the background is finally resolved for me.