Happy festive holidays and thank you for reading and subscribing.
We take the internet for granted now, having information, email and web access to everything we think we want to know.
It is a very new experience. If you worked in an office in 1989, the experience for connected colleagues is very different now than just those few years ago (some web users do remember those times!)
When we are relaxing after our seasonal lunch or sitting on the train home daydreaming about our targets for next year, will we think of how the internet works?
Probably not, but in those moments when all of us who connect without a thought do think about how it all works there is howstuffworks.com.
This is a great site for explaining loads of concepts and technical developments and is designed to present complex ideas in a clear and concise way.
The internet is no different, the howstuffworks.com article on How Internet Infrastructure Works is a good example. Visit these pages to find out how your own computer fits into the hierarchy of the web, or how your router or network connects to the backbone of the internet. Complete with diagrams too.
However, not everyone is connected to the web, even during the festive holidays. The Worldometers site has a running clock which clicks through a count of pc’s purchased around the globe.
According to research by Gartner Dataquest it states that there are currently over one billion laptop and desktop computers in the world today. By the end of 2015 this figure will have reached 2 billion.
These enormous numbers need to be tempered by the population of humans who could theoretically access these machines. This ibiblio.org site has a running population clock for the world. It is ticking inexorably towards seven billion. (The population in 1989 was only 5.14 billion – see the site for more historical population data).
In truth, despite our passion for technology, we are still a long way off being a connected world – even at holiday times.
However, to all our readers and subscribers to whom we are connected, do have a happy festive season – your web and email communications will be running – from the Third Sector Web team.
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