Updating old addresses
This was a very handy service, for computer time was precious in the early ‘70.
Any central authority would be an obvious and immediate target for an enemy missile.The route that the packet took would be unimportant. Basically, the packet would be tossed like a hot potato from node to node, until it ended up in the proper place.If big pieces of the network had been blown away, that simply wouldn’t matter.The invention of the mailing list followed naturally.This was an ARPANET broadcasting technique in which an identical message could be sent automatically to large numbers of network subscribers.
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Interestingly, one of the first really big mailing lists was “SF-LOVERS”, for science fiction fans.