Saturday, 1 October 2011

THE INTERNET, sometimes called simply “the Net”, is a computer network made up of thousands of worldwide. No one knows exactly how many computers are connected to the internet. It is certain , that these number in the millions and are increasing at a rapid rate.
No one is in charge of the internet .There are organizations which develop technical aspects of this network and set standards for creating applications on it ,but no governing body is in control .The internet backbone , through which internet traffic flows, is owned by private companies.
All computers on the internet communicate with one another using the transmission control protocol/internet protocol suite, abbreviated to TCP/IP. Computers on the internet use a client/server architecture. This means that the remote server machine provides files and services to the user’s local client machine. Software can be installed on a client computer to take advantage of the latest access technology. 


Even though the internet is a global network, in many ways it resembles a small town, with similar services. Let’s say you want to send or receive mail. The internet has electronic post offices. There are online libraries with millions of book and periodicals you can use any time of the days or night. Chat rooms are the internet equivalent of 24- hour coffee shops, with people eager to gab anytime you want. With the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, you can shop order a pizza, preview a movie , and listen to radio stations from aroud the World. All of this represent different ways of using the internet.
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