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The Internet is a system of computer networks that are connected to one another. These networks are consist of individual computers all over the world that communicate using the same special language—computer language…
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  1. History of the Internet
    1. What Is the Internet?
    2. Where Did It Come From?
  2. The World Wide Web
    1. Web Server
    2. Web Browser
      1. Hyperlink
        1. Icons
        2. Colored/underlined text
        3. Buttons
      2. Location box
      3. Search engine
        1. Boolean logic
        2. Quotes
        3. Navigation buttons
  3. Cyberspace Shorthand
    1. Emoticons
    2. Acronyms



1. A good analogy for the Internet is:
a) the interstate highway system
b) the solar system
c) the judicial system

2. Because information on the Internet doesn't always take the shortest distance between two points, we say that the Internet is:
a) a meandering fool
b) detour-ridden
c) a redundant network

3. The Internet was created by:
a) the U.S. Postal Service
b) the U.S. Military
c) Al Gore

4. What's the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet?
a) The Web is the information and the Net is the means of access.
b) The Web is the means of access and the Net is the information.
c) The Web doesn't really exist; the Net contains both access and info.

5. The word "modem" is a contraction of the words:
a) "modulate" and "demodulate"
b) "mo" and "dem"
c) "model airplane" and "demolition derby"

6. You should share your Internet password with:
a) your friends
b) unscrupulous business associates
c) no one

7. When composing an email, the "Subject" line is important because:
a) it's the first thing the recipient sees before opening the email
b) regular mail doesn't have a "Subject" line
c) you can make your email sound more important than it really is

8. Internet-savvy people refer to regular mail as:
a) the Pony Express
b) snail mail
c) The Postman Always Rings Twice, But You're Never Home Mail

9. The difference between a chat room and a listserve is:
a) chat rooms are more fun than listserves
b) chat rooms are usually "real time" discussions, while listserves are not
c) the price of the beverages

10. One way to secure your email is:
a) encryption
b) encroachment
c) encumbrance

11. Which of the following is NOT a type of hyperlink:
a) colored text
b) icons
c) bunnies

12. URL stands for:
a) User Really Lost
b) Universal Resource Locator
c) Unlimited Roaming License

13. For advanced searches, search engines generally follow:
a) boolean logic
b) randomization
c) natural selection

14. The shorthand acronym IMHO stands for:
a) In My Humble Opinion
b) I Must Have Onions
c) International Maintenance Health Organization

15. Junk email is referred to as:
a) tofu
b) pork
c) spam

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something to consider
1. Do you remember the first time you went on the Internet? What were your impressions? Which parts did you find intuitive, and which parts seemed odd?

2. On the Internet, you can find Web pages on subjects you didn't know existed, or you could spend all your time exploring interests already familiar to you. Considering this, do you think the Internet will make people more or less open-minded?

3. For many years before the Internet's existence, companies have sold and traded personal information about their customers with marketing firms and other customers. Why are companies doing this same practice on the Web receiving more resistance from their Internet customers?

4. Many Internet standards, like separating words with an underscore (abraham_lincoln@logcabin.com), or separating parts of a Web address with dots (www.StandardDeviants.com) are by convention rather than formal design. What other Internet conventions can you think of? Which ones make sense to you? Which ones do you think are confusing?

5. One thing some people find annoying about the Internet is spam-unsolicited email. How would you cut down on the amount of spam without restricting a person's or company's free speech rights?

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The Internet initially was a governmental project in 1969 and was known as DARPANET.

top ten
Top 10 Web Sites To Shy Away From

10. www.three cardmonty.com

9. www.unsecure connection.com

8. www.wecanspel.edu

7. www.pocket licefarm.com

6. www.*!$%#.com

5. www.blinking redtext.com

4. www.virus download.com

3. www.bouncing noisebox.com

2. www.spamcity.com

1. www.department of unreasonably long names.gov


 
vocabulary
DARPANET — The precursor to the Internet, created by the Pentagon in the late 1960s.

emoticon — Electronic mail "smileys" created through colons, semicolons, and other symbols.

home page — The Web page that an Internet browser goes to directly when it's opened.

hyperlink — A link from one Web page to another.

Internet — The worldwide system of computer networks that are connected to one another.

search engine — A program or service that, when used, scours the Internet for information on a particular topic.

URL — Universal Resource Locator. This is an Internet address.

Web — The World Wide Web, the interconnected system of information, accessed through the Internet.

Web browser — A program used to read Web documents and jump around on the Web.

Web server — A special computer program that runs on a host computer (a computer connected directly to the Internet), and contains Websites.

 
resources
Explore some Websites related to the Internet. Remember, you will be leaving the Standard Deviants TV Website.
Related Sites

A history of the Internet, from the Internet Society.

Find out what a domain name is and how to register one.

All about the World Wide Web.

    
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