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The Big Dummy's Guide To The Internet
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The Big Dummy\'s Guide To The Internet

"Welcome to the Internet! You're about to start a journey through a unique land without frontiers, a place that is everywhere at once —even though it exists physically only as a series of electrical impulses." says Adam Gaffin, Senior Writer for Network World.

How can I find my way thorough a maze of electrical impulses? I feel lost just thinking about it! Computers and the Internet can be downright scary and so very techie-complicated. This is how a typical brand new Internet user felt 20 years ago.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote the "Big Dummy's Guide To The Internet" to help explain all those complicated Internet possibilities. They are now offering it at no cost to readers.

They describe their organization & its goals as working to ensure the principles of the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights continue to be protected in our new communication technology world. They are also working to maintain and enhance First Amendment, privacy and other democratic values.

This ebook has a bit of age on it now. The opening quote is from 1994, and we all know how the Internet has explosively evolved since then.

If you are interested in this Internet history, you can read about:

* Public-access Internet providers

* Net origins & How it works

* E-mail basics

* Seven Unix commands you can't live without

* Usenet = The global watering hole

* Flame, blather and spew with Usenet

* Mining the Net with Library catalogs

* Gophers and Burrowing deeper with Gopher commands

* IRC, MUDs and other things that are more fun than they sound

* Internet Relay Chat

* Education and the Net & The Net in the Classroom

* Some specific resources for students and teachers

* Business on the Net

Email is a good example of how something cumbersome and complicated has evolved into something simple and easy. As you read this history of the Internet, I bet you find examples coming to mind over and over of such evolutions! I am not very techie, but I find it interesting to take a look back at how this amazing World Wide Web evolved.

In the Conclusion of this book they say: "The revolution is just beginning." And: "Eventually, homes could be connected directly to a national digital network."

Interestingly, they also ask: "What are the laws of the electronic frontier? When national and state boundaries lose their meaning in cyberspace, the question might even be: WHO is the law? What if a practice that is legal in one country is "committed" in another country where it is illegal, over a computer network that crosses through a third country? Who goes after computer crackers? What role will you play in the revolution?"

These hot issues are still being wrestled with today. I am amazed that they were able to predict problems with privacy, spam, Internet crime and jurisdictions with such accuracy! As to their last question, only you can answer that. Personally, I hope to touch as many people as possible with my writing. The Internet makes it easy to do so, and I am very grateful that it exists.

If you would like more information check out "Dummy's Guide To The Internet".

Street Talk

It IS amazing just how far we've come in that period of time, isn't it? Twenty years ago, I thought it was amazing. Now I wouldn't have the patience to deal with it.

  about 1 decade ago

I wonder what I did before I had the Internet to surf! Mr. Google is my best friend, he knows

  about 1 decade ago
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