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The "Internet is a global system of interconnected "computer networks, consisting of millions of private and public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by "copper wires, "fiber-optic cables, "wireless connections, and other technologies. The Internet appears to its users as a single worldwide network accessible to the general public. The protocol that makes it possible to use the millions of networks composing the Internet as if they were one network is a special type of packet switching known as IP or The Internet Protocol.

A computer that connects to the Internet can access information from a vast number of "servers and other computers. An Internet connection also allows the computer to send information through the network; that information may be saved and ultimately accessed by a variety of servers and other computers. Much of the information widely accessible through use of the Internet consists of the interlinked "hypertext documents and other resources of the "World Wide Web (WWW). Web users typically send and receive information using a "web browser. Other software for interacting with computer networks includes specialized programs for "electronic mail, "online chat, "file transfer and "file sharing.

Information is moved around the Internet by "packet switching using the standardized "Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) which defines how packets are moving in any platform especially the transport layer. The Internet Protocol Suite consists of several layers of protocols. The lowest layer (the "link layer) deals with protocols that transmit data over specific technologies, such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The highest layer (the "application layer) supports specific applications, such as e-mail and file transfer. In between are the "Internet layer, which provides for transmitting packets over any conceivable technology, and the "transport layer, which provides for various services such as reliable delivery of packets or real-time streaming of packets.

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""Cyberpunk is often set in urbanized, artificial landscapes
"Cyberpunk is a genre of "science fiction that focuses on "computers or "information technology, usually coupled with some degree of breakdown in social order. The plot of cyberpunk writing often centers on a conflict among "hackers, "artificial intelligences, and "mega corporations, tending to be set within a near-future "dystopian Earth, rather than the "outer space" locales prevalent at the time of cyberpunk's inception. Much of the genre's "atmosphere" echoes "film noir, and written works in the genre often use techniques from "detective fiction. While this gritty, hard-hitting style was hailed as revolutionary during cyberpunk's early days, later observers concluded that in terms of literature, most cyberpunk narrative techniques were less innovative than those of the "New Wave, twenty years earlier. Primary exponents of the cyberpunk field include "William Gibson, "Bruce Sterling, "John Shirley and "Rudy Rucker. The term became widespread in the "1980s and remains current today.

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The term "Web server can mean one of two things: A "computer program that is responsible for accepting "HTTP requests from clients, which are known as "web browsers, and serving them HTTP responses along with optional data contents, which usually are web pages such as "HTML documents and linked objects (images, etc.). A "computer that runs a computer program as described above.

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""Bill Gates
"William Henry Gates III (born 28 October 1955) is an "American "entrepreneur, "software "executive, "philanthropist and "chairman of "Microsoft, the software company he founded with "Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft he has held the positions of "CEO and "chief software architect, and he remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 9% of the "common stock. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the "personal computer revolution. Although he is widely admired, his business tactics have been criticized as anti-competitive and in some instances ruled as such in court. Since amassing his fortune, Gates has pursued a number of "philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the "Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000. The annual "Forbes magazine's list of "The World's Billionaires has ranked Gates as the richest person in the world from 1995 to 2007, with recent estimates putting his net worth over $56 billion "USD. When family wealth is considered, his family ranks second behind the "Walton family, heirs of "Wal-Mart founder "Sam Walton. In July 2007, "Fortune magazine reported that the increase in value of Mexican billionaire "Carlos Slim's holdings of stock caused him to surpass Bill Gates as the world's richest man.

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""Brewster Kahle
By 1996, there was enough material on the Internet to show that this thing was the cornerstone for how people are going to be publishing. It is the people's library.
"Brewster Kahle, 2004

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"List of journals available free online
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