F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
  1. What is an F.A.Q.?
  2. What is an "ISP"?
  3. What is the "Internet"?
  4. What is the "Web" or "World Wide Web"?
  5. What kind of Web sites are there?
  6. What is "e-mail"?
What is an F.A.Q.?
"F.A.Q." is an Internet term that means "Frequently Asked Questions". Just like the name implies, it's a list of questions that people hear often. It's a way for computer scientists to save their valuable time from answering the same insipid questions over and over.

What is an "ISP"?
We are an ISP. If you're giving us money, you should already know what we are. In case you're accessing this through a university computer science department or a friend's computer, though, we'll clarify. "ISP" stands for Internet Service Provider. That means that we're a company that provides people with access to the Internet through their personal computer, using a device called a "modem".

What is the "Internet"?
It's a complicated network of university mainframes and hobbyists' PC's, transferring data through "modem" devices and phone lines. The Internet is used mostly for research, but also contains many publically accessible "locations" sponsored by universities, the government, "ISP"s like us, hobbyists, and even businesses. The Internet has several different components, including Newsgroups, BBS's, e-mail, Gophernet, FTP, and the World Wide Web.

What is the "Web" or "World Wide Web"?
The "World Wide Web" is a way to show text and pictures at the same time on the Internet. The "Web" is made of "Web Sites", computers that you can contact through your modem and get "Web pages" back. Pages are connected to each other through "hyperlinks" like this one. Hyperlinks let you click on any word or idea you want to learn more about, if the author has gone to the trouble of hyperlinking it to another "page". It's like, instead of reading the Bible front to back, you tear it into pieces, toss them in the air, and read them in whatever order you want to.

What kind of Web sites are there?
Web addresses take the format of "www.something.com". The third part, "com" in this case, is called the "suffix", and tells you what type of Web site it is. Here is all the suffixes there are, in order of commonness: What is "e-mail"?
It's short for "electronic mail". It means using your computer to send virtual "mail" to people all over the world. And unlike ordinary mail (or "snail mail" because it's so slow), e-mail will get there in as short as an hour or two. Home

This page last updated 10/27/1997