Notes to an Old Dog about the Internet
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Notes to an Old Dog about the Internet:
AMERICA ONLINE IS A COMMERCIAL COPY OF IT
The Internet is a
of electronic architecture built by
Anyone and everyone builds upon it. There's a lot of free labor in it and
there's a lot of free service and information on it. It's free out of rebellion.
got a lot of hippie mind set. "Hell with you
Gate$, here's a
software program I developed that will feed and clothe children and spank
them if they cross the street without looking for cars. I'm
giving it away free.
Take that!" After a few free takes, one (meaning me and you) begins to feel
the need to balance things out by contributing a little something of himself
the Network. So on it grows.
Like people, all the computers in the world have the desire for
any or all of their fellow machines. Directly out of this desire has come
ability to connect through wire and electrons, and microwaves. The "Babes"
or "Queenbees"of this network are called
hosts. They hold the
"honey", i.e., information, data, pictures, video, audio, interactive
etc. The worker bees like us (individuals with computer machines) can travel
this network to reach the "babes" and partake of the honey. Any of us can
become babes too if we'd like to attract other worker bees. We just configure
as servers, keep the porch light on, and deliver the prize bytes when a caller
comes a knockin'. There are nekked ladies out there who will let you download
pictures of their butts for a fee. That's where America Online comes in.
saw this and said "Hey if people will pay money for electronic pictures of
butts, maybe they'll pay money for electronic pictures of Yitzak Rabin gettin'
shot in the head."
AOL then puts on the ad campaign, sends out free disks, offers up
the first 10
packets of the addictive stuff for free, and reels in illiterates like me
an you to
get "hooked" up. What AOL is is a miniature but more gilded version of the
Circus Circus Internet. They set up their huge tent in front of a door to
REAL SHOW and hope to catch and divert the customers on their way in. But
IF a virgin ever makes it thru AOL onto the Internet he finds everything
million times more than AOL will ever be. If he's frugal he soon finds
software application (Browser) and another (Cheaper) entrance to the
Internet. So soon it's bye bye AOL. But, AOL is not stupid, AOL buys
(Global Network Navigator), a browser, e-mail, news group reader
It charges $14.95 a month for 20 hrs. of phone time on the Net. Not bad
still there's better deals to be had for
There are over 20,000 of these. There is one called [rec.fart].
Nobody reads it
or posts (contributes e-copy to it). I must confess I once contributed something
to it but it was off - subject which is a no-no in
but since nobody
reads it who cares? There is one called [alt.sailing asa]. This is the
search for my boat in. Or find a skipper who needs a mate for a sail to
Cook Islands. There is one called [rec.aviation.simulators] this is the one
find out where to get the best rudder pedals at the cheapest price and how
get the DC-9 aircraft into your MS Flight 5.1 program for free.
These NEWS GROUPS are brain trusts. Thousands of people around
world with similar interests and expertise gather and read and write here.
Information posted in these is usually accurate, because if it is not one
readers who knows better will post back with an insulting correction
These NEWS GROUPS are a powerful, global tool to anyone who can
correct information and knowledge or who needs to query hundreds of people
with a common interest.
These are like the NEWS GROUPS except instead of being posted on
server (Babe or Queenbee), all of the posts are sent to each and every
subscriber in the form of e-mail in their e-mail account. One has to be
lonely soul to want to have 100 to 1,000 e-mail letters a day arriving in
This is the Big Top, Main Attraction, the 40 ft Motor home in the Cruising
Lane of the Information Superhighway. The Web, so-called because it's
destinations and connections are networked like a spiderweb, is an ever
expanding collection of electronic destinations containing continually updated
bits of information, data, pictures, video, audio, interactive intelligence,
Each one of the electronic pages has an electronic address that, when typed
pasted into your web browser application will direct your computer to the
server of that page and its information. The pages include hypertext links
(highlighted text or icons or pictures) that when clicked on with your mouse
will take you to another web page.
YOUR FIRST SURFING LESSON
1. Connect to America Online
2. Click on the Internet Icon along the Top or write Internet in
3. Click on the WWW (World Wide Web) Icon
4. In the Browser's address box, enter exactly as follows:
Then wait and wait and wait while it loads.
This is the Web Address of Carla King's "American Borders". You
download or print out any or all of the chapters she has contributed so far.
see there's a new one today called "You Can Go Home Again." Put your
mouse there and click it Dude.
Happy Surfing Dude, don't get hooked.
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