Computers and the Internet
Becoming aware of the world around you and the how computers are involved
Look around you. In terms of technology computers are everywhere.
From the checkout scanner at your local grocery store to the phone
in your pocket computers are involved in our everyday lives. Regardless
of if you are aware of this fact or not computers are integrated into
our way of life.
Now take a minute and ask yourself, how is this possible? It is because
the internet, like computers, is everywhere now too. In the not so
distant past, computers were standalone machines. They didn’t
really communicate with anything except for the occasional device
that was used bring in more information like a disk drive or a printer
for outputting the data onto paper which we can take with us or give
to someone else physically.
Nowadays if you were to shop for a computer and it didn’t have
a way to connect to the internet you would probably pass on buying
it. In addition, If you are like most people you would pretty quickly
ask to see something that did have the ability to communicate with
the internet at the very least. But have you ever asked yourself….
What is the Internet?
In the interest of keeping things simple, the internet can be defined
as millions of computers from across the world talking to each other
through a connection. In terms of computers that connection is the
internet. This connection can take the form of physical cabling or
wireless frequencies. When you communicate with the internet, you
are actually requesting and receiving data to and from other computers
from other locations and possibly from around the world. All over
the world high powered internet service providers exist to transport
your searches and requests to companies and search services created
to provide services and data to us as consumers. These high powered
computers are called servers. We as the requestors of the services
or data are the clients or customers to the server computers.
When you look for something online your request is sent out through
the internet to the appropriate server for processing. Whether that
server is owned by Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other company your
request is sent to the nearest server with respect to your location
to provide you what they are guessing is the best fit answer to your
search, question, or specific web page. In short, the internet is
the way that computers communicate and share information with each
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