While we were nursing our sore heads yesterday, a significant anniversary passed us by: it was 25 years since Arpanet adopted TCP/IP as the protocol suite for the fledgling Internet, replacing NCP.

Amazingly, such a birthday has received little publicity in the mainstream press. Is that because TCP/IP is deemed too esoteric a subject for contemplation and not worthy of a detailed perspective? Or is it because we have taken the protocol for granted for so long?

The development of TCP/IP and its subsequent adoption by the Internet has changed all our lives completely. It's worth raising a glass of something fizzy to a silver anniversary that deserves celebrating.