The Uses & Abuses Of Internet
The Internet started out as a small military experiment some 35 yearsago, the Internet is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of communication. There is a present population of about 40 million usersworld wide, and it seems to have a very promising future. The Internetis uncensored and almost impossible to monitor, it is a breeding groundfor all sorts of offensive and derogatory information. On the other hand,it is probably the biggest single source of data in the world broughthome into your personal computer. Will this form of communicationsurvive in the future, or will it simply die out as many others have in thepast? The RAND CORPORATION built the first nodes of the Internet36 years ago, and they faced the problem of keeping communicationbetween U.S. authorities active in the aftermath of a nuclear war. Thecountry needed a command-and-control network. The biggest problemwas protecting the main server, which could be knocked out by a singleatomic warhead. RAND came up with the solution in 1964. The newnetwork would have no central authority, and it would be designed tooperate in shambles. The National Physical Laboratory in Great Britainset up the first test network on these principles in 1968. Shortly afterward, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency decidedto fund a larger, more ambitious project in the USA. The nodes of thenetwork were to be high-speed supercomputers (or what passed forsupercomputers at the time). The first was put in place during the fall of 1969. By December of the same year four nodes were installed.Dedicated high-speed transmission lines connected them. This allowedthe computers to communicate and be programmed from one of theother computers. In the year of 1971 there were 15 nodes, and by 72there were 37. This number kept increasing rapidly as the years passed.The network was also becoming more of a person-to-person way of communicating. Many military personnel began using it as a way togossip with friends instead of a way to transmit documents and projects.This became even more evident in the following years. The Internet mayseem a very complex form of communication but that is not really thecase. First, you must have a reasonably fast computer (80386 or higher)with a modem and a phone line.The next step is to contact your local Internet provider and get him togive you a password and an SLIP address. At this time, you will also begiven the software to get you started. Once you have your softwareinstalled and want to start "surfing the net," you must first login to the server by dialing in its phone number using aspecific program.These numbers can be used by a number of people at a time, not justtwo. Once connected you can start to browse the Internets The Internetis just starting to have a large impact on society. It seemed to come outof nowhere, popping up in magazines and on the news. The Internet isnow becoming an influential communications medium to over 40 millionpeople worldwide. Many of these people are becoming aware of theInternet's commercial capabilities and they are taking advantage of them. The Internet is quickly becoming one of the most popular formsof communication. It has become a commercial center out of whatbegan as an experimental military project. Computers, modems,servers, and telephone wires are becoming faster and more efficient.Computers have gone from 8086's to 80486's and Pentiums. Modemsstarted at about 1200 bps and they Are now up around 28,800 bps, andfiber optics are replacing regular wires. All of these factors arechanging the Internet into a powerful new system that almost anyonecan use with ease. The present day estimate of the number of Internetusers worldwide is somewhere between 20 and 80 million. The mostaccurate assumption would be about 40 million people. This is a huge increase to the number just a few years ago. The future for the Internetis looking very bright. No other form of communication can...
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