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October 29 is the 50th anniversary of the first message sent on the ARPANET!

The message was "LO", which was supposed to be LOGIN but the system crashed. (There are alternative stories that it was short for HELLO but contemporary records support the system crash story.)

lk.cs.ucla.edu/internet_first_

@darius

> first message sent
> incomplete and the system crashed

okay, I feel a LITTLE better about my own tech shortcomings after that

@darius

general 1: so what is it
general 2: it's a system that, so far, has sent "LO"
general 1: ...how much did we spend on this again

@darius Saw observed elsewhere: if, after fixing the crash, they retried the same message, the first characters on the precursor to the Internet were “LOL”.

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