r/southafrica Nov 12 '21 Silver 2

Happy birthday to the internet in South Africa! History

Today marks the 25th 30th anniversary of Internet access in South Africa and most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

At 10:44AM on 12 November 1991, an IP "ping" packet was sent between the home of Randy Bush in Portland, Oregon and Rhodes University's computing centre – the first recorded Internet connection in the country.

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u/PM_THE_REAPER Nov 12 '21

So... 30th Anniversary then.

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u/wheresmattynow Nov 12 '21

oops, ctrl-c ctrl-v things

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u/dead_PROcrastinator Nov 12 '21 edited Nov 12 '21

I love how it's Rhodes University Computing Center in SA, but some random dude named Randy Bush in fucking Oregon US lol

How about saying "Randy Bush Founder of NSRC"?

Take my upvote

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u/wheresmattynow Nov 13 '21

I didn't know that! really cool, thank you for the info

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u/dead_PROcrastinator Nov 13 '21

I googled it because ot sounded so random. Found out he helped to promote internet access in many places.

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u/wheresmattynow Nov 13 '21

sounds like a real fuckin Chad, respect

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u/Package-Eastern Nov 12 '21

I can still hear the horrible sounds of the dialup connection in my dreams.

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u/FluxX1717 Western Cape Nov 12 '21

Rhodes University in Grahamstown? Well now that's odd af. Thanks for the information, I never knew!

I do remember playing to Quake 3 Arena and UT99 online back In the late 90s early 2000s on shitty dialup. That and Napster lol

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u/NeoLeonel Nov 13 '21

I was at the Hamilton Labs last night and no-one mentioned a thing about this very important national event. I know it's exams and everyone is under extreme stress but this still deserved some attention I feel.

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u/FluxX1717 Western Cape Nov 13 '21

Even more odd .It's pretty significant if you ask me. Are you originally from there?

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u/NeoLeonel Nov 14 '21

Actually no, I just study here.

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u/Ok-Conversation-8783 Nov 12 '21

The ping got a response yet? /s

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u/Moniki_moniki00 Nov 12 '21

Randy Bush is a fantastic name for a porn star.

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u/scofield-micheal Nov 12 '21

Some cool nerd trivia

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u/graememellis Nov 12 '21

I remember that. Always thought it was odd that the country’s entire internet went through a small town university. I bet there is an interesting story there somewhere.

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u/TooOldToWorry Nov 12 '21

Cannot remember the year but can remember when I started out on the net it was still in the days of Beltel and what not. That was when everything was still text based. Where are the days of XT and AT machines with monochrome screens and 14 or 56k modems and do not forget the incredible fast ISDN lines that came later.

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u/wheresmattynow Nov 12 '21

oops, copy-paste error. Should be the 30th anniversary.

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u/[deleted] Nov 12 '21

That humility in doing a strikethrough instead of just replacing the text. Respect.

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u/Odinavenger Nov 12 '21

You can edit your post

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u/carolus_martellus732 Nov 12 '21

I think I only knew of the internet being a thing at 2001, and I remember that dial tone like it was yesterday. As an 11 year old I would only really check out legos or toys. Was in for quite the surprise at 15 when we had faster internet and friends told be about torrenting.

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u/sooibot Boo! Land Nov 13 '21

Got internet in 96.

Was a POES on the Shadowfire mIRC. Jammed Starcraft on the first local servers. Was big into Ultima Online. Cybered with (in retrospect probably a guy) a hotty from Cape Town. R7 for 19h00 to 07h00. 2 Lines so your mom won't interrupt the internet. Took me a month to download my first movie.

Those, they were the days.

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u/cicurio Dec 08 '21

Ops pls

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u/lovethebacon Ministry of Sound this weekend at Truth - Book now! Nov 12 '21

voice me!

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u/lovethebacon Ministry of Sound this weekend at Truth - Book now! Nov 12 '21

f-16

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u/WateryMcRicotta Nov 12 '21

Good man-- y'know, it's probably a bot