Life today is highly dependent on computers - they do most of the
important work and are found everywhere - from homes, to police stations,
government institutions and military facilities. However, the computer
would have never been so popular and widely spread if it was not for the
- When the original
conceptual foundation of the Internet was laid back in the 50s, no one
had the slightest idea of how far this project would go. At those
insecure post-war times of alienation and deepening political division,
the vision of the Internet as we see it today, was only a matter of
science fiction dreaming. Starting as a military project in the United
States, it quickly became very popular in several other countries.
Now, several decades later, with the spread of the democratic lifestyle
and the amazing technological progress, we all witness the existence of
a parallel world of unlimited communication possibilities that occupies
an increasing part of our daily routine with the sole purpose of
facilitating our lives.
Internet today - common uses -
The dynamic, user-friendly
interface of the Internet as we know it today, is breathed life into by
a multi-layer global network system that
connects hundreds of millions of computers. This large system is
comprised of multiple local and global networks serving private, public,
business, academic and government purposes, which allows for the
exchange of data between more than a hundred Internet-linked countries
worldwide. This makes the Internet an enormous carrier of various
information resources and services, such as text and multi-media data,
email, online chat, VoIP, file transfer and file sharing, ecommerce,
online gaming, etc.
The Email - The
E-mail is probably one of the most popular features, which came
alongside with the creation of the Internet. Today, almost every person
on the planet has an email address somewhere, be it a self hosted email
address or an email address with some of the free email providers, such
as Google or Yahoo. The Email, which was originally intended to act as
an alternative to letters, today represents so much more, making the
communication between people on different sides of the planet very easy.
Today, there are even enterprises, which handle their entire online
business, relying solely on email based communication.
With the growth of the Internet and the number of its users, a huge
market share was created. Before, to hold an enterprise you had to have
an office and cover all kinds of additional expenses, whereas now you
can just create a website with one of the several e-commerce script
solutions, and have your own online shop in a matter of minutes.
This has allowed a lot of small businesses to grow, making their
products available worldwide to a much wider audience.
File transfer and sharing - The transfer of files over
the Internet has existed since the creation of the latter. Today, with
the majority of information being stored on files, their safe transfer
and sharing has become a big necessity. A popular way to transfer files
is to send them via email as attachments. This, however, is not the best
way, since several providers place restrictions on the type of files
that can be sent, or on their size. This is why the File Transfer
Protocol was created. It allows a user running an FTP program to connect
to an FTP-enabled server and safely transfer files to this server. Once
they are on the server, they can be downloaded by everyone.
There are a lot of Free FTP software solutions, which allow you to
seamlessly connect and transfer files.
The nature of the Internet -
The explosive growth of the Internet over the last decade
is attributed to two basic reasons - the non-centralized management of
its development and the non-proprietary nature of its main functional
units - the Internet protocols. This 'freedom' of the Internet
determines its balanced organic growth and prevents it from suffering
the consequences of monopoly. The only Internet-related entity with
central coordinating functions is ICANN, which controls the assignment
of domain names and IP addresses on a global scale - a very necessary
role that works for the organized distribution of unique website names
to users worldwide.
Internet access -
Since browsing the Internet is considered as a pretty normal daily
activity such as picking up the phone to make a phone call, for example,
the Internet access points have become an indelible part of the
communication infrastructure today. Public Internet-connected places
include libraries, airports, coffee shops, hotels, and specialized
Internet cafes. Thanks to the Wi-Fi technology, the Internet can now be
accessed by every laptop/PDA equipped person within wireless-connection
enabled areas such as campuses, malls, parks and even entire cities. The
mobile phone industry has also been affected by the Internet with almost
every newly released phone model offering access to the global network.