This tool lets you plunge back into computing history and read the RFCs published over the years since the early days of the ARPANET. I’ve been reading Where Wizards Stay Up Late, which tells the interesting story behind how RFCs came to be the medium for proposing standards on the internet.
A few notable ones:
- Steve Crocker’s RFC 1 on IMP software (ARPANET’s “Interface Message Processors”, basically dedicated computers for network communication queueing)
- Vint Cerf’s RFC 675 on TCP
- John Melvin and Richard Watson’s RFC 97 on telnet
- AK Bhushan’s RFC 114 on FTP