Who'd have thought it's been so long...Since the first .com TLD was registered? It's been a whole 25 years! A quarter of a century! 25 years since the first .com domain name was registered. Amazing! Outstanding!
On April 26, 1985, a man called Charles Hornig complained on a mailing list that his new symbolics.com email address wasn't working. Scanning every mail server on the internet, all 1,008 of them, he discovered only one was configured to handle a .com address.
“I am not heartened by these results,” he wrote. “Maybe we should go back to .ARPA, which people at least understand?”
Twenty-five years ago today, his company, Symbolics, was the first to register a .com domain name. It was over a month before the second was registered and only three more were registered that year.
Today, there are almost 90 million .coms, with half a million new ones added every week. VeriSign, the .com registry, handles over 50 billion DNS queries every day. It's difficult to imagine an internet without it.
Go ahead and read the full article [.com celebrates 25th birthday at [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk"]The Register. At the bottom of the news article you'll see there's also a link to a dedicated Website from VeriSign [URL="http://25yearsof.com/"]celebrating the 25th Anniversary of .com](http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/15/dot_com_birthday/) TLD.
I love computing and Internet / WWW nostalgia! Here's to another 25 eventful years of the .com domain! :aparty: