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FYI on Questions and Answers - Answers to Commonly Asked "New Internet User" Questions (RFC2664)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003254D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 9 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Plzak: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This memo provides an overview to the new Internet User. The intended audience is the common Internet user of today, thus it attempts to provide a more consumer oriented approach to the Internet rather than going into any depth about a topic. Unlike its predecessors, this edition seeks to answer the general questions that an unsophisticated consumer would ask as opposed to the more pointed questions of a more technically sophisticated Internet user. Those desiring a more in-depth discussion are directed to FYI 7 that deals with intermediate and advanced Q/A topics. A conscious effort has been made to keep this memo brief but at the same time provide the new user with enough information to generally understand the Internet.

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Network Working Group R. Plzak

Request for Comments: 2664 SAIC

FYI: 4 A. Wells

Obsoletes: 1594 UWisc-Mad

Category: Informational E. Krol

Univ IL

August 1999

FYI on Questions and Answers

Answers to Commonly Asked "New Internet User" Questions

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo provides an overview to the new Internet User. The

intended audience is the common Internet user of today, thus it

attempts to provide a more consumer oriented approach to the Internet

rather than going into any depth about a topic. Unlike its

predecessors, this edition seeks to answer the general questions that

an unsophisticated consumer would ask as opposed to the more pointed

questions of a more technically sophisticated Internet user. Those

desiring a more in-depth discussion are directed to FYI 7 that deals

with intermediate and advanced Q/A topics. A conscious effort has

been made to keep this memo brief but at the same time provide the

new user with enough information to generally understand the

Internet.

1. Acknowledgements

The following people deserve thanks for their help and contributions

to this FYI Q/A: Chris Burke (Motorola), John Curran (BBN Planet),

Albert Lunde (NWU), and April Marine (Internet Engines, Inc.). Last,

but not least, thanks are extended to Patricia Harper and Charlotte

Nurge. These ladies from South Riding, Virginia, consumer tested

this document.

2. Questions About the Internet

2.1. What is the Internet?

People use computers to perform a wide assortment of tasks. A

connected group of computers is known as a network. Because people

are connected via this network, they can use their computers to

exchange ideas and information. Some computers are connected

directly to the network while others (primarily those in homes) are

connected via a telephone line and a communication device known as a

modem. By connecting networks together with specialized computers

known as routers, people on one network can engage in activities with