Saturday, September 10, 2011


It seems like every time you turn on the television or open a newspapers these days, there is another big story about the Internet and the wondrous things that are happening in cyberspace.  Unfortunately, many of these stories fail to answer people's most basic questions about the Internet itself.  Ordinary people don't understand the differences between online services and the Internet and the World Wide Web browsers and search services.
For the layman we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions.  These questions are pretty basic, and we haven't plunged too deeply into any of the subjects listed.

What is the Internet?
What is modem?
What is the World Wide Web?
What is a web browser?
What is search service or search engine?
What is a URL?
What is E-mail?
What are commercial online services?
What is a PPP connection?
What is IRC?
What is a newsgroup?
What is FTP?
What is HTML?
What is uploading?

All the questions are explained very well in the coming pages.

What is the Internet?
The internet is essentially one big, loosely connected network that links smaller networks and individual computers all over the world using modem 78,000 phone lines, and satellite links.  The internet gives people the ability to communicate with other connected computer users through electronic mail (E-mail.) and real time typed conversions (which is known as IRC or Internet Relay Chat).  It also provides easy access to a wealth of information and entertainment.

Everyone is welcome in the Internet"s global community, as long as their computers run the communications standard TCP/IP  (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet protocol).  This universal standard allows different types of computers to communicate with each other, regardless of their make, model, or operating system (Even PCs and Machintoshs get along on the 'Net'.)

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