January 1st, 2008

classic cylon

remembering "flag day"

Go IP, it's your birthday
We gonna party like it's your birthday
We gonna sip Bacardi like it's your birthday
It seems that no one gives a fsck 'cause it's your birthday

(to the tune of 50 Cent's In Da Club)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the NCP to TCP/IP cutover, aka "flag day". However, there hasn't been any mention of it on any of the "usual" mailing lists. Maybe people have forgotten about it, or have more important things to do.

In case you're wondering what I was doing on the day of the blessed event, I wasn't on campus, so I didn't get a chance to see the great cutover live. I was in NYC visiting my parents. In fact, 25 years ago today, I went with some other friends from the 'tute to visit another friend Cecilia, who I've mentioned in the past is Soledad O'Brien's sister. (I met Soledad briefly that day.) Not too long after, on an evening when we had Cecilia and some other friends over to MacGregor for dinner, I remarked that it would be cool when the Internet became widespread and we could send mail to each other. She didn't seem particularly impressed and said she wouldn't use it. Well, I checked the alum site to see if her email address was listed, but it wasn't, so I can't send her email to remind her of this. (Actually, I'm not sure if she would remember me, much less the discussion.)

I went back to campus the next day, and found out that the cutover didn't quite turn out as planned. It was discussed on the following Tuesday at the first meeting of the month of LCS, my UROP group. During the meeting, I remember my thesis advisor, Dave Clark, asked Noel Chiappa if he could get a message out to someone over the Internet; he said no. There was another cutover scheduled for that day. Eventually everything was straightened out.