Originally Posted by GotGarlic
It was, but it wasn't as available as it is now
It started in the '70s as a means for universities and government organizations to share research information and grew from there.
I remember that big cold room at college, some eons ago, with huge computer equipment, and if you didn't poke the extremely long code in just right, it would swear at you! I was terrified....Thankfully, I wasn't looking for recipes!