Re: [Nethistory] DNS-in-a-wallet

Guy Almes <galmes@tamu.edu> Wed, 01 January 2014 15:33 UTC

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Ian / Zach,
   I strongly suspect that the days when all the IP address allocations 
fit on Bob's two cards were long before there were domain names.
	-- Guy

On 1/1/14, 2:58 AM, Ian Peter wrote:
> pretty sure it would have only been numbers, but people here who were
> closer to the action might have some good anecdotal and additional
> information
> Ian Peter
> *From:* Zach Lym <mailto:zachlym@indolering.com>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 01, 2014 6:28 PM
> *To:* Ian Peter <mailto:ian.peter@ianpeter.com>
> *Cc:* nethistory@ietf.org <mailto:nethistory@ietf.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [Nethistory] DNS-in-a-wallet
> Thank you Peter, you have made my night!  Any chance you could help
> clarify if it was just IP addresses allocations or whether it included
> domain names as well?
> It part of a presentation I am giving on Namecoin DNS.  Bob's email
> would be idea?
> Thank you,
> -Zach Lym
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Ian Peter <ian.peter@ianpeter.com
> <mailto:ian.peter@ianpeter.com>> wrote:
>
>     I think the original story is that Bob Kahn had it on one card in
>     his pocket, but when it expanded to two cards he gave it to Jon
>     Postel to manage. Bob refers to it here (towards the end of the article)
>     http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/science/viewing-where-the-internet-goes.html?_r=0
>     Meanwhile a later piece of history is below – John Quartermans 1990
>     713 page book of all existing networks he could locate. Not all of
>     these were TCP/IP at the time but over a period of about 3 years
>     from then they would have all adopted TCP/IP or folded.
>     http://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Matrix.html?id=kwIjAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y
>     Ian Peter
>     *From:* Zach Lym <mailto:zachlym@indolering.com>
>     *Sent:* Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:23 AM
>     *To:* nethistory@ietf.org <mailto:nethistory@ietf.org>
>     *Subject:* [Nethistory] DNS-in-a-wallet
>     My apologies if this is the wrong list to post this to, but I have a
>     historical anecdote that I'm trying to chase down.  I thought this
>     was the most appropriate forum to do so.
>
>     I had a memory of one of the early internet engineers storing a copy
>     of the IP address allocations or DNS mappings in her/his wallet.
>     Then if someone asked her/him for and IP or domain (I can't remember
>     which) s/he would write it down on the list and then update the
>     server when s/he got back to it.
>     I would be grateful if you could direct me to a better list or
>     circulate this email among knowledgeable individuals.
>     Thank you,
>     -Zach Lym
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