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Computerized Investing > Third Quarter 2010

The Dot-Com Turns 25

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

This past March marked the 25th anniversary of the registration of the first dot-com domain. According to, it was over a month before the second dot-com was registered and the 100th dot-com registration didn’t take place until 20 months later. Now, the BBC says that 668,000 dot-coms are registered every month. Looking back on the evolution of the Internet, particularly how we use it to communicate with each other, it is truly amazing how far we have come.

My first experience with e-mail dates back about 15 years to my undergrad days at DePaul University in the mid-1990s. It is almost laughable how clunky and user-unfriendly it was. It wasn’t until I joined AAII in 1997 and got an America Online AOL account—along with its ubiquitous “Welcome! You’ve Got Mail” sound clip—that I got my first real taste of “modern” e-mail.

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