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What is the Internet

What is the Internet

Ask for definition of the internet(or the net,as it's often referred to) and, on whom you ask,you will get either and answer that's short,simplistic,and inadequate,or one that's long,complex and incomprehensible.

A librarian,for example,might use the internet for researching library catalogs and will probably access it throw the gopher service.Internet definition would reflect the ease and simplicity of his day to day internet interaction.

 A scientist,on the other hand,might sprinkle her definition of the net with talk about "TELNETTing"to this site or ftping to that site, neither  of which probably makes much scene without demos and some experimentation.

If you are a real glutton for punishment, you could also try getting a definition from a technical guru who writes programs for the internet. However, after you are pelted with on unintelligible acronym after another (FTP/IP,SMTP) and buried in lots of arcane talk of protocols , ports and packets, the only thing you will really know is that you need to take to aspirins and lie down for a while.

The internet is hard to sum up, except in generalities, because of the wealth of services and facilities that are available. The simplest way to describe the internet is with on word communication. To some people, it's just a way to send electronic mail to other people a pipeline from here to there. To others, the internet where they meet their friends, play games argue do work, different types of online training, travel the world.something like that 

The cyberspace of the internet

if you have read William Gibson's excellent science fiction novels,you probably remember his vision of "Cyberspace" and the global computer network called "The Marix."

Cyberspace was the environment where computers and people lived and worked.It was a place with reality every bit as valid as the everyday world.Indeed,for many of its users,Cyberspace was the real world.

"William Gibson's books are dark vision of a wild and dangerous futures society suffering from too many people and too much technology.His first book,Necromancer,created a whole new sub genre of science fiction writing that is now called Cyberpunk.Highly recommended."

The internet may well become Gibson's Matrix. Already,the Cyberspace of the internet is a huge place.Much like that high seas,the internet physically covers the globe,going form the united stares of Europe,the Near East,the far East,the Orient,Australia,South America,and back again.

Just as the Earth's waters are composed of various oceans,seas,and lake,so too is the net composed of various networks,ranging in size form the large yo ,to the middling ,to the small.In turn,these networks are connected together via cables and telephone trunk lines that are not unlike the waterways and channels that connect the oceans,seas,and lakes.

Our digital seafaring along the internet can take us to all kinds of exotic landfalls,including continents,big islands,and what the uncharitable might see as flotsam and jetsam.Cruising between these bits of dry land are the sundry citizens,whose software ships can take them thousands of virtual miles from one Net port to another.

The internet began in early 1969 under the name ARPAner. The ARPA part of ARPAner stood for the advanced research projects agency (later called the Defense Advanced Research projects Agencymof DARPA),which was part of the U.S. Department of Defense(DoD).

The first ARPAnet configuration involved four computers and was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of building networks using computers dispersed over a wide area. By 1972,when the ARPAnet was first publicly demonstrated,50 universities and research facilities(all involved in military technology projects)had connections.

Sundar  Neupane

Sundar Neupane

I like working on projects with a team that cares about creating beautiful and usable interfaces.


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