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June 11, 2011

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another great read, thanks! as for iCloud hardware, don't forget about the touch screen iMac mini

What is The Internet?
The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of languages known as protocols.

What is The Web (World Wide Web)?
The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Web services, which use HTTP to allow applications to communicate in order to exchange business logic, use the the Web to share information. The Web also utilizes browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked to each other via hyperlinks. Web documents also contain graphics, sounds, text and video.

The Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet. The Internet, not the Web, is also used for e-mail, which relies on SMTP, Usenet news groups, instant messaging and FTP. So the Web is just a portion of the Internet, albeit a large portion, but the two terms are not synonymous and should not be confused.

Of course, Steve in that Wired interview didn't mention he had storage that was on a series of servers that was backed up nightly. His local disc wasn't used other than to house Openstep to run the NFS mounted corporate apps we had on our servers at NeXT.

In fact, everyone was completely distributed allowing one to log into any NeXTStep box and get to their account and get work done. The same with Development. We all had shared development mounts and it was all backed up nightly and sent to secure storage facilities, off-site.

It was such an elegant solution.

But yes, NeXT was working on more than just WOF/EOF. So much of what has been released is a fresh take on both NeXT and Apple R&D projects. It just gets better and better.

As we rebuild the US and other nation's crumbling infrastructures, hard drives and heavy engineering crunching, office management, etc and more will be even more necessary. Social Networks are just another hair in the head of human interaction.

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