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A global network connecting millions of computers. As of 1999, the Internet has more than 200 million users worldwide, and that number is growing rapidly. More than 100 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions.

Unlike online services, which are centrally controlled, the Internet is decentralized by design. Each Internet computer, called a host, is independent. Its operators can choose which Internet services to use and which local services to make available to the global Internet community. Remarkably, this anarchy by design works exceedingly well.

There are a variety of ways to access the Internet. Most online services, such as America Online, offer access to some Internet services. It is also possible to gain access through a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP).



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Outstanding Page HotWired Frontdoor page
HotWired, the on-line component of Wired magazine, provides daily news in an assortment of categories. Here, you can find news items of the day, live chat guests, and articles on current events, new technologies and mergers. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

Outstanding Page How the Net works
CNET article (August 1997) on 20 basic questions and answers about the Internet. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

Outstanding Page Internet index home page
The Internet Index, from Open Market, provides a collection of facts and statistics about the Internet and related activities. Updated on Nov 12, 1997

Outstanding Page Internet Insider online magazine
Internet Insider provides numerous articles on communications, HTML, reference, applications, utilities, suites, graphics, and hardware and software. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

Outstanding Page Internet learning resources directory
Sponsored by Robert Gordon University, this site contains a directory of resources for learning and teaching Internet skills. Updated on Jul 31, 1998

Outstanding Page Learn the Net
Learn the Net is a complete guide to the Internet designed for new users who are overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the online world. Sections include: getting started, Internet basics, digging for data, doing business, Web publishing, and multimedia. Lastly, this guide is available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Updated on Oct 10, 1997

Outstanding Page Next Generation Internet (NGI) Initiative
Contains a draft concept paper about the Next Generation Internet initiative as well as endorsements, congressional testimony, questions and answers, white papers, background information, and news releases. Updated on Jun 5, 1998

Outstanding Page PC Magazine's InternetUser
InternetUser contains reviews of hundreds of Internet-related products, all written by the editors of PC Magazine. It also hosts daily features on tips, technology and Web sites. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

Outstanding Page Routing in the Internet
Describes how routing works in the Internet, with specific information on physical address determination, selection of inter-network gateways and symbolic and numeric addresses. Updated on May 1, 1998

  About the Internet
This page hosts information on the history of the Internet including details on applications, technology, organizations, standards, and links to bibliographic resources. Updated on Jun 22, 1998

  Andover Advanced Technologies home page
Provides information on Andover Advanced Technology's Internet software products for Web development and multimedia applications. Updated on Apr 20, 1998

  Basic Guide to the Internet
Presents basic information on the workings and components of the Internet, from the University of Albany. Updated on Jul 31, 1998

  Birth of the Internet
Provides a history of the Internet, key contributors, companies involved, a timeline, significant events, and a collection of information regarding ARPANET.

  Common Internet File Formats
Presents a table containing various Internet file formats, their extensions, a brief description and type of file, and what applications to run them. Updated on Mar 31, 1998

  Connecting to the Internet
This is a chapter from a book entitled, "The Internet Companion - A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking (2nd edition)" and explains how to get connected to the internet. There are good explanations of common modem standards and speeds, communications software, connection protocols, file transfer methods, and how to choose an Internet Service Provider.

  Guide to Internet Security
Tutorial on how to secure corporate networks that are connected to the Internet. Updated on Jul 10, 1998

  HAHT Software home page
This home page provides information on HAHTsite, an integrated toolset for corporate application developers and Web content builders, and includes technical briefs, features, FAQ, and demos. Updated on Nov 2, 1997

  History of the Internet
Hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC), this page offers links to various documents describing the history of the Internet.

  Hobbes Internet Timeline
A history of the Internet, with several links within the text to additional information. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  How the Internet Runs!
How the networks of world interconnect to become the Intenet. A free, lecture-based presentation on how the networks of the World interconnect to create the Internet. Covers NAP, PNAP, Internet History, Internet organizations and protocols.

  Index of current internet drafts
Contains links to current Internet drafts. The drafts are listed alphabetically by working group acronym and initial post date. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  MCI's very high speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS) site
Describes MCI and the National Science Foundation's very high speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS). Additionally, this MCI site provides access to vBNS network statistics, a schedule of events and activities, and detailed site configurations to support NSF-funded network researchers. Updated on Apr 24, 1998

  NetHistory site
Offers an informal history of BITNET and the Internet., with links to archived articles, papers, and additional Internet history-related links. Updated on Apr 14, 1998

  Newbie page
Danny's Newbie page is a good starting point for anyone who is new to the internet. There are links to Web browers, newsgroups, and FTP software and utilities. Updated on Nov 20, 1996

  RFC 1123
One of the most important RFCs, covering requirements for Internet client software, including Telnet, FTP, SMTP, and DNS. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Sequel Technology home page
Provides information on tools for managing and reporting Internet and intranet usage and managing Web content, as well as company information, product news, and Internet management resources. Updated on Apr 18, 1998

  The Internet Privacy Coalition
Home page of the Internet Privacy Coalition, an organization whose mission is to promote privacy and security on the Internet. They offer links to action items and pending events, the Golden Key campaign, cryptography resources, IPC alerts, and organizational information. Updated on Jul 31, 1998

  Webhelp.net
Good resource offering concise explanations of the various aspects of the Internet (client/server, browsers, HTTP, TCP/IP, etc.).

  Yahoo!'s computers and Internet standards page
Yahoo!'s directory of computer and Internet standards. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Yahoo!'s Internet page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

  Yahoo!'s Internet shareware page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet shareware. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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