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Imagine A World Without Internet?

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Scott Newman
Scott Newman

Can you imagine the world without internet?  It is amazing how much we rely on the internet in our lives. Just think that over 20 years ago we did not have the net as we know it. If you were a nerd (like me) you were connecting up to Bulletin Board Systems with your 9.6k/14.4k modem. How far have we come with the World Wide Web?

The Internet was originally designed for the military as a network of computers sharing data and acting as a database/resource for remote machines. It had been used for years before public access had been allowed to be based on its technology.
So personal computers started coming out with modems installed so that you could have the ability to subscribe to an Internet Service Provider. The Internet runs over the tcp/internet protocol which is still common today as being the service to access the network. All you need is a system and a browser. (Like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari etc...)

 
Anyway, enough of the techie yahoo and carry on. The Internet slowly became building up over the nineties with growing popularity as websites/domains became registered designed then published online. The growth was enormous each year as more people connected to share the vision of a world where you can learn/find out a thought by entering a search engine. Popular searches are through Google, Yahoo, Lycos, and MSN. So much has changed in terms of searching as more companies have business links fed into search engines.

 
People are using the internet for just about anything these days. One of the biggest forms of usage is through social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter & Bebo. Webmail is another well used commodity online. You can do your banking, purchase/sell goods there are plenty of websites like TradeMe, E-Bay, Fishpond or Amazon that are making a killing for being a provider of new/second-hand goods or services.  It impresses me the many avenues an internet user has to choose from. Whatever toots your horn can be found.
 
Some of the best resources on the internet are Wikipedia. (An internet based encyclopaedia by other users) Last.fm is a superior database of music. There have been many sites that cater for music knowledge like UBL or local area domains for record companies.  There are so many good sites out there. The best way to find them is through a good search engine like Google. The speed in which it finds your request is remarkable as it queries the keywords.
 
The future of the World Wide Web is Huge to think of in itself. The expansion of what will be known as World Wide Web 2 or something similar as internet addresses and domains of servers are expanding with more benefits for phone/email and GPS tracking being a massive part of the modern market. Everyone wants a fast product to work reliably. Internet access is very common.
 
I cannot imagine a world without the internet now. It would be far too weird. I guess people would be a lot more rehearsed in dealing with people face to face more. The postal companies wouldn't be so worried about many people losing their jobs. Advertising would be back to paper waste instead of the spam trackers we have today. With the networks that have been established today it would be a crazy world without any online content available.
 
I know. There is a very amazing world outside of the internet in which we all watch TV and enjoy getting outdoors exploring. The news is such a big core part of the net as you have access to information faster than the 6 o'clock news. We still have to pay an ISP a fee for the amount of content that is sent and received to our computers. I wonder when it will be common to have free providers to the internet. (Apart from unsecure wireless networks) Proxy portals with poor security?
 
We live in a world where the internet is good and bad. Do you get the best out of the internet or does it get the best of you?

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