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COMMUNET May 1993, Week 1

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Re: Internet Description

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Grant, here are the results of a few random neurons firing together...
 
>Any suggestions on how to describe the Internet to unenlightened
>people (specifically potential FreeNet participants) will be appreciated.
In your writeup, you might also mention the number of people in the
internet (upwards from 10 million was the last number I heard) and the
almost global scope of its connections (most of the connections are in
highly developed countries). This generally impresses most people into
taking a closer look at the internet.
 
>>*  Electronic Mail is used to send electronic letters or messages to other
>>individuals, just like our current post office.  The difference is that e-mail
>>uses instantaneous delivery.
Almost instantaneous, depending on your hosts' connections. Internet site
to internet site (ie. from one university to another) takes about 5 minutes
from Vancouver to Atlanta; Internet site to Internet-linked bbs is about 2
hours within Vancouver; Internet to Fidonet takes about 6 hours within
Vancouver. Just a minor quibble. Six hours beats 2-5 days for snail mail
any day.
 
>>*  Usenet is a series of computers that agree to transfer messages relating to
>>different topics.  Each topic is called a newsgroup.
I think there are about 2 million people (of the 10 million on Internet)
who read or post to Usenet newsgroups. This also usually impresses most
people. It's like visiting a small city, and being able to drop into
whatever discussion interests you the most.
 
- Gladys
 
PS. I think the answer to Lisa's riddle is the telephone company. Except
for the "Enlarger of the common life" bit; the only way I can see the
telephone having an effect on larger issues is in the tv telephone polls.
"Call 1-900-whatever and pay 60 cents to give us your opinion on whether or
not Cheers should be cancelled!"
___________________________________________
 
Gladys We * [log in to unmask] * Vancouver, Canada
 
"Do I contradict myself?
  Very well then, I contradict myself."
- Walt Whitman, _Leaves of Grass_

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