The Internet, Explained
Friday, June 1, 2001
A lot of how-the-Internet-works
help is geared toward either beginners or grizzled veterans, but a
site called the Living Internet (http://livinginternet.com) manages to accommodate
Comprehensive, well-structured and graphics-free (for
quick download), it invites
both start-to-finish reading and quick skimming for information.
The site's home page covers the invention and operation of such diverse online
the World Wide Web and plain old e-mail.
The site's author, a systems
engineer in Ontario, backs up his writing with well-chosen links to additional
such as the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers, and authoritative documents, in the form of the "RFC" standards
that govern the Internet's workings.
It's good material to widen your Internet
horizons to things you may not have tried before, such as Internet
Relay Chat or Multi-User Dimensions (the distant ancestor of online games like
-- Gabriel Goldberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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