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""An Internet kiosk

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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""CNET Networks headquarters in San Francisco, California
"GameFAQs is a "website that hosts "FAQs and "walkthroughs for "video games. It was created in November 1995 by Jeff "CJayC" Veasey and has been owned by "CNET Networks since May 2003. The site has a large database of video game information and has been called a place where readers "can get almost any information" regarding game strategies. The "systems covered range from the 8-bit "Atari platform to the "consoles of today, including "computer games. The FAQs, "cheat codes, "reviews, "game saves, and "credits are submitted by volunteer "gamers, and contributions are reviewed by the site's two editors, Jeff Veasey and Allen Tyner. The site hosts a large and active "message board community. Every game listed on the site has a board for discussion or "gameplay help. Many of the boards are shared between GameFAQs and "GameSpot, another CNET website. The site also features a daily "opinion poll and related tournament contests. GameFAQs is consistently cited by "The Guardian as one of the top gaming sites on the "Web, and the site has been positively reviewed by "Entertainment Weekly. Additionally, is one of the 200 highest-"trafficked websites according to "Alexa.

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""ICE 3 high-speed train with Hotspot advertisements
Credit: S. Terfloth

A "hotspot is a venue that offers "Wi-Fi access. The public can use a "laptop, WiFi phone, or other suitable portable device to access the "Internet. Of the estimated 150 million laptops, 14 million "PDAs, and other emerging Wi-Fi devices sold per year for the last few years, most include the Wi-Fi feature.



Main project: "WikiProject Internet


Related WikiProjects: "Blogging • "Websites • "Early Web History • "Internet culture

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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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""Lawrence Lessig
If the Internet teaches us anything, it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons, where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit.
"Lawrence Lessig, 2001

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