Over on the Wired website they’re reporting that today marks 25 years since the automated Domain Name System (DNS) was first tested.

The Domain Name System is one of the crucial elements of the internet as we know it today. It’s this system which translates easy-to-remember domain names (like www.bbc.co.uk) into the numerical addresses which computers understand.

It’s a giant address book for the internet. Without it, you’d have to type in 212.58.224.131 instead of bbc.co.uk to find the BBC’s website. As they say in the Wired piece:

“Without the Domain Name System, it’s doubtful the internet could have grown and flourished as it has.”

So it’s not a glamourous-sounding anniversary. But it’s quite an important one, as far as the internet’s concerned. More here.

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