The history of the Internet dates back to the early development of communication networks. The idea of a computer network intended to allow general communication among users of various computers has developed through a large number of stages. The melting pot of developments brought together the network of networks that we know as the Internet. This included both technological developments and the merging together of existing network infrastructure and telecommunication systems.
The infrastructure of the Internet spread across the globe to create the world wide network of computers we know today. It spread throughout the Western nations and then begged a penetration into the developing countries, thus creating both unprecedented worldwide access to information and communications and a digital divide in access to this new infrastructure. The Internet went on to fundamentally alter and affect the economy of the world, including the economic implications of the dot-com bubble.
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Groups are free groups and mailing list service from MSN, Google and Yahoo. Using groups, one can find groups related to their interests and participate in threaded conversations. Besides posting to the group through a browser/web interface, users also can post to a group by sending an e-mail to the group's e-mail address. They can also create their own groups.
A newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users at different locations. The term is somewhat confusing, because it is usually a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web. Newsreader software is used to read newsgroups.
- ABMM-BDSM or alt.binaries.multimedia.BDSM
- ABMM-Bondage or alt.binaries.multimedia.bondage
- ABE-Bondage or alt.binaries.erotica.bondage
- ABPB or alt.binaries.pictures.bondage
- ASFR or alt.sex.fetish.robots (See Robot fetishism)
- ASB or alt.sex.bondage
- SSBB or soc.subculture.bondage-bdsm
- SSBB-FD or soc.subculture.bondage-bdsm.femdom
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication and data transfers via private message.
IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen in late August 1988 to replace a program called MUT (MultiUser talk) on a BBS called OuluBox in Finland. Oikarinen found inspiration in Bitnet Relay Chat which operated on the Bitnet network.
IRC gained prominence when it was used to report on the Soviet coup attempt of 1991 throughout a media blackout. It was previously used in a similar fashion by Kuwaitis during the Iraqi invasion. Relevant logs are available from ibiblio archive.