10 Things On The Internet That Are Older Than You Think
The modern explosion of the internet has been so powerful that the world wide web now dominates much of our everyday life. Computers, video game consoles, smartphones, televisions and even everyday household appliances can connect online. The popularity of the web and its incorporation into almost everything we do has been such a relatively new thing that many people forget just how old the internet is and how many of the things we take for granted on it have been in use for decades.
The use of acronyms and shortened words to communicate more quickly and efficiently is incredibly common in the world of the internet. Text speech such as “lol” and “omg” is used so regularly that it has effectively become part of the language, though its origins can be traced back to at least 1917 when a letter sent Winston Churchill contained “O.M.G.” with an explanation that it meant “Oh! My God!”
Denial-of-service attacks, otherwise known as DoS attacks, have become one of the most common ways for hackers to take down websites. It involves a person flooding a target server with millions of requests at the same time, overwhelming the site and causing it to go offline. These types of attack aren’t exclusive to the internet however, as people were taking revenge on companies by sending them thousands of fax messages filled with just black ink on the page. This forced the machines to run out of ink, overheat and even break, blocking all other communications from coming in to the company.