Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Internet's growth

     Being that this is my very first post I figured I talk briefly about the internet's growth along the years.  The Internet has come a long way from it's "humble beginnings" to what it has grown to today (which makes it possible for me to blog on this site).  As of Dec 1995 the number of users on the internet was 16 million which was 0.4% of the worlds population (according to the IDC) If you jump all the way to June 2010 (which is 15 years later) the number of users sky rockets to a rough figure of 1.97 billion which is 28.7% of the worlds population (according to the Internet World Stats)

     The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve Billions of users worldwide.  The origins of the internet reach back to research of the 1960's by the U.S. Government and private commercial interests to build robust, fault-tolerant and distributed computer networks.  But lets not forget the internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) are two different "animals", the internet establishes communication between computers and the World Wide Web is one of the services that utilizes the internet. (WWW) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the web and a web browser gives you access to view a website on the World Wide Web through the internet.  The World Wide Web was launched  in 1991. (

     Finally, Bandwidth is a measure of available or consumed data measured in bits per second.  You can test your bandwidth by going to 
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