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BITNET

A network cooperative that predated wide use of the Internet. It allowed universities that joined and purchased modems to share information with each other. Formed between Yale and the City University of New York in 1981, it was used by many universities worldwide during the 1980s. By the mid-1990s, however, it had largely disintegrated.
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Now the reason so many of the things called Internet of Things are actually the BITNET of Things is that people think in terms of devices, like a light sensor or a thermostat or a switch, connected to a server that proxies its state to build an application.
The BITNET of Things means that all the tire knows how to do is talk to the central system, and all those services have to be implemented by Goodyear centrally.
When you sent e-mail over BITNET, you could follow your e-mail's passage across the network through on-screen messages that announced its arrival at each node on the path to its destination.
Compared to the speed of today's Internet connections, the BITNET network was extraordinarily slow.
The Handicap Digest was first distributed via BITNET on June 6, 1986.
Other people choose to submit articles via the FIDO, BITNET, and Usenet networks.
In a broader sense non-TCP/IP networks such as BITNET, which have developed special gateway connections to allow for the exchange of information, might also be said to be part of the Internet.
Already the Internet and BITNET encompass a vast array of information resources that are increasingly being used both by librarians and the users they serve.
Electronic mail for immediate communication within districts, with the department, and with other users on compatible systems such as CompuServe, AppleLink, INTERNET, BITNET and OARNET.