📄 RFC Reader →February 23, 2020 • #
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:
- Intellectual Value — Esther Dyson's newsletter from 1994, on how intellectual property might work in the age of the internet.
- Why Alto? — Butler Lampson's memo to the Xerox leadership, requesting investment in the Alto computer.
- Enter Ethernet — Bob Metcalfe's original schematic drawing of the ethernet spec.