[Web4lib] Link to Library site on College website

John Fereira jaf30 at cornell.edu
Fri Jan 29 10:58:30 EST 2010

Robert Balliot wrote:
> I never saw hp.com<http://hp.com> come up in the search engines or any other .com when I searched 'Jane Austen'
> or 'diabetes treatment'. Never saw an Archie, Veronica or Jughead search yield results from there either.
I'm not surprised.  While many of the divisions at Hewlett Packard had 
small libraries the material was primarily technical in nature.  I would 
imagine a search for Jane Austen or 'diabetes treatment' in our 
university library catalog would be lots of results but I doubt that the 
holdings information would indicate that the material was located at our 
Engineering Library. 

I was addressing the contention that  "edu sites dominated" the internet 
in 1993.  There were likely more .edu domains a few years earlier but I 
wouldn't be surprised if a smaller number of heavyweight .com sites 
actually had more nodes, even in the pre-web timeframe.  As I said, HP 
registered their domain in 1986 (a class A network) and in that year I 
set up the first tcp-ip network at their Data Systems Division.  When I 
think about the days, we probably had 750 nodes by 1990 (not 1993) and I 
know that some of the other divisions had more.  By 1990 Sun had a huge 
network as well.
> I wonder what the computing processing power of those 750 computers<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_monkey_theorem> would equate to today?
Probably about the same as what I've got on my iPhone.

John Fereira
Cornell University
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