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The Internet - is it useful or all hype?

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The Internet: is it useful or all hype? The Internet is a vast computer network of computer networks. Estimates are that more than 30 million computer users populated this electronic global village by late 1996 and that some 8 to 10 million had access to the World Wide Web. During 1996, the number of registered commercial sites on the Internet increased more than 500%. The Internet is accessible in more than 100 countries. Practically speaking, the Internet, also referred to as the Information Superhighway, is composed of people, hardware, and software. With the proper equipment, you can sit at your computer and communicate with someone any place in the world as long as that person also has the proper equipment. You can also use the Internet to access vast amounts of information, including text, graphics, sound, and video. You can search, send e-mail, receive electronic newsletters, and "chat" with others online. In the late 1960s, a group of scientists wanted to share information with others working on similar research projects, many of whom were government contractors working at large universities. ...read more.


This bill also allowed businesses to purchase part of the network for commercial uses. The mass commercialization of today's Internet is the direct result of this legislation. You can get basic Internet access with any computer that has a modem that is connected to a phone line. However, to take full advantage of all the Internet has to offer, you need either a Macintosh that has a 68040 or higher CPU or a PC that has an 80486 or higher CPU. With either system, you also need the following: At least 4 megabytes of RAM (8 is recommended) A 250 megabyte hard drive A 14.4 bps modem (28.8 or faster is even better) An Internet service provider is a company that provides access to the Internet. The cost of using the Internet has decreased over the years. In the past, the longer you were on the Internet, the more you had to pay. However, nowadays you can pay you ISP a monthly fee and gain unlimited surf time. ...read more.


These menus are available on numerous Gopher servers on the Internet. Any Internet address that begins with gopher points to a location on a Gopher server. Newsgroups. Newsgroups, a classic institution of the Internet, are found on the part of the Internet called Usenet. In a newsgroup, messages concerning a particular topic are posted in a public forum. You can simply read the postings, or you can post an article yourself. The World Wide Web. The Web may be the most complete realization of the Internet to date. It was developed in the early 1990s at the European Center for Nuclear Research as an environment in which scientists in Geneva, Switzerland, could share information. It has evolved into a medium that consists of text, graphics, audio, animation, and video. The address of a site on the Web usually begins with http://www. The World Wide Web is a graphical environment that can be navigated through hyperlinks. From one site you click on hyperlinks to go to any number of related sites. A search engine is a special Web site that you can use to locate Web sites based on specific keywords. ...read more.

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In summary, the report is quite good. This is due to detailed text on how the internet was formed. However the report could include real examples, which would link the background understanding to the background knowledge. The report states what ...

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In summary, the report is quite good. This is due to detailed text on how the internet was formed. However the report could include real examples, which would link the background understanding to the background knowledge. The report states what the internet is, and how this has growth by 500% within a few years since the launch of the internet. This is quite good, as it explains the growth of the internet. The report states that a user needs pay an ISP, to have access to the internet. This is correct. However the report could include real examples of an ISP, such as Virgin Media and the cost that the service is at different internet packages.

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The report states how the internet was formed, from 1960's to 1991. This is quite good, as the report states the process undertaken to achieve the technology of the internet. However the student hasn't explained the thinking behind their actions. For example the report could include 'In 1986, the idea was that the technology would be used within a number of years, and the technology which would be fitted into the new sites, would be more effective'.

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At the end of the report, there is a list of definitions of technical terms which are related to the internet. This is quite good,and explained well.

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