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What is it?

Quote - " No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's doing; but most of the time, we aren't either." Marvin Minsky.

You cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot touch it, you cannot taste it, and neither can you hear it, the internet is invisible to all human senses, and yet it has had such an impact on our lives, so what is it?

The most used definition of the internet is 'a network of connected computers', although those terms must now be a little outdated as phones, television and games consoles can also be used.

Your computer is one of millions that have equipment installed to enable it to use the telecommunications networks to connect to other computers.

Some computers are programmed primarily to store and give out information (data), called a server. Others are programmed primarily to receive the information called a client, your P.C. comes under this category.

Information (data) can come in the form of text, pictures and sounds on a web page, you can also transfer programmes or applications off a web page from anywhere on the internet into your computer, this process is called 'download'.

The internet is universal, it is not owned by any one person, company or country. There are however lots of bodies that own access to its infrastructure, and some that try to standardise what happens on it, but their task is somewhat hampered by different laws in different countries, as well as the pressure from commercialisation to exploit what is undoubtedly for some, a huge money maker.

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