Most of the comments on here are disrespectful and very self-absorbed into the writers own personel experience of computing and the internet. A lot of them spewing criticism of the IP/TCP protocol that where obviously learnt after it's invention. Saying "It's been downhill ever since", talking about how we should all be on IPV6?? It was never invented to handle such scale as IPV6, it was invented as a way of getting a few hundred computers networking not the billions of devices it handles now. Can't we just celebrate the invention of a couple of very clever men, who simply and probably at the time unknowingly, took the world to a new level. Saying "the internet was born" on that day is incredibly disingenuous as well. If you want to go way back to start of the internet, look at cave paintings, if you want to expand that.. talk! Take if further, writing and then printed press. If you want to talk computers, look up Mr Babbage... Who discovered silicon is a useful conductor? Did anyone see that bloke Tim who featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremony?...................... Let's just celebrate the invention of Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, 30 years ago and thank them for the step forward they showed us.