I've posted it a little early because I'm excited but here is my reading and analysis of RFC-1, the very first official Request for Comments document and an important piece of internet history.


I'm doing one of these a day for a year. You can follow along at @365-rfcs. I'll only be posting the really noteworthy ones on this account.

RFC-5 was an early (eventually abandoned) proposal for delivering rich applications over ARPANET. Specifically it was conceived as a way to connect to Doug Englebart's "mother of all demos" computing system remotely from a more typical OS! My writeup:


You can follow along with my series commenting on the first 365 RFCs here @365-rfcs

RFC-7 led me down an unexpected computer history rabbit hole where I learned about GORDO, an operating system that was quickly renamed to... SEX. Yeah.


You can follow along with my series commenting on the first 365 RFCs here @365-rfcs

RFC-15 is an important one: it's the initial proposal for Telnet! The first version of this program was written in late 1969 and it's a tool that I still occasionally use today, which is really amazing when you think about it.


You can follow along with my series commenting on the first 365 RFCs here @365-rfcs

@darius @365-rfcs I am thoroughly enjoying your 365 RFCs series. It’s so fun to be reminded that many of the early ones were essentially what we would do today with email messages. (so-and-so is being added… or here is the list of current people… or notes from a meeting, etc.)

Thank you for doing this project!

@danyork You're welcome! I'm enjoying it myself. I'm heading down to the Computer History Museum next week to inspect paper records of the first ~400 RFCs in person, including what I believe are some original typewritten docs of the first few.

@darius Wow! Have fun! (For admittedly a somewhat warped definition of “fun” for those outside this space. ;-) )

In the work I do with the Internet Society (my employer), I wind up interacting with Steve Crocker on various DNS / DNSSEC issues. It’s fun to see his name on so many of these early RFCs, because that of course was how he got started in all of this.


@darius Indeed! And now in his 70s he’s still going strong on various Internet-related projects.

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