btempleton writes: ""It was 20 years ago today" when I posted to USENET the public launch of ClariNet, my electronic newspaper service delivered over the internet. By finding a way around the NSFNet acceptable use policy, ClariNet was the first business founded to use the internet as its platform for business, and the era of the "dot-com" had begun. For the anniversary I have written a history of the founding of ClariNet and early internet business which outlines how it all took place.
Readers may also enjoy the included anecdote about what I term "M5" reliability, where the news system was so robust that, like the M5 computer on Star Trek, even those authorized to do so were unable to shut it off and a story of
the earliest large SF eBook effort. Extra, extra, read all about it."