PCU Internet Library Time STation

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Internet Laboratory Time Station A Thesis presented to The Faculty of Computer Science Department Philippine Christian University Dasmariñas, Cavite In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirement for the Course Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Submitted by: Jonathan Laurente Maricris Pacayra Melu Jean Maglaque Rhoda Malabanan Jenalyn Tagle CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION As we approach a new millennium, the Internet is revolutionizing our society, our economy and our technological systems. No one knows for certain how far, or in what direction, the Internet will evolve. But no one should underestimate its importance.

Over the past century and a half, important technological developments have created a global environment that is drawing the people of the world closer and closer together. During the industrial revolution, we learned to put motors to work to magnify human and animal muscle power. In the new Information Age, we are learning to magnify brainpower by putting the power of computation wherever we need it, and to provide information services on a global basis.

Computer resources are infinitely flexible tools; networked together, they allow us to generate, exchange, share and manipulate information in an uncountable number of ways. The Internet, as an integrating force, has melded the technology of communications and computing to provide instant connectivity and global information services to all its users at very low cost.

Ten years ago, most of the world knew little or nothing about the Internet. It was the private enclave of computer scientists and researchers who used it to interact with colleagues in their respective disciplines. Today, the Internet's magnitude is thousands of times what it was only a decade ago. It is estimated that about 60 million host computers on the Internet today serve about 200 million users in over 200 countries and territories. Today's telephone system is...