A Brief History of the Internet

September 7, 2010

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Did you know that the technology behind the internet today started in the 60’s?  Several colleges, as well as the armed services, began exploring ways to share information in a much broader scale than just being confined to one physical location.

Universities like Stamford, MIT and UCLA, as well as private companies all worked together to develop the packet sharing network protocol that still used today.  By 1982, the idea of a global network of information was becoming more of a reality than a pipe dream.

As the technology improved, Internet Service Providers were formed to open up the internet to homes all over the world.  Western cultures quickly adopted the instant communication tool known as e-mail and the World Wide Web.

Even with the dot.com bubble burst, the technology improved and commerce greatly increased using the internet.  As more people connected their computers to this large network, they also began forming what is called the Web 2.0.  Social Media is the new web, and it is growing in leaps and bounds.


How to Optimize Your Internet Settings – inQuo’s Tech Tip Tuesday Newsletter Volume 2

November 20, 2009

With the vast array of internet websites and web applications, sometimes we can run into little problems accessing them.  Whether you are using Internet Explorer or another browser, many different websites require you to install plug-ins or add-ons like Java or Flash.  Typically, there are few problems installing these applications, but that is not always the case.Some websites may change your internet settings.  This may make it optimal when visiting their site, but can cause problems with other applications.   There are some easy ways to optimize your internet settings and reset your browser.  The steps below are the first things most technicians will try when troubleshooting browser and internet problems.
  1. Access the Control Panel and double-click Internet Options.
  2. On the first tab (General), click the Delete button under Browsing History.  Make sure all of the options are checked, and click Delete.
  3. Click the Settings button under Browsing History.   Click the View Objects button.  This will open a window with a list of any add-ons or plug-ins installed.  Right-Click each item and click Delete.  These objects will be reinstalled the next time you access a website that requires them.  Close the window, then click OK.
  4. Click on the Security tab at the top of the window.  Click on the button that says Reset all zones to default level.
  5. Click the Privacy tab.  Click on the button that says Default (this button may be grayed out.  Skip this step if it is grayed out).
  6. Click the Content tab then click the Clear SSL State button.
  7. Click the Advanced tab.  Click the button that says Restore Advanced Settings.
    Now click Apply, then OK. It is a good idea to restart the computer after completing these steps.
The steps above are a good start in troubleshooting issues with browsing the internet.  You can also use the steps on a regular basis to clean up temporary files and reset your internet settings.  It might be a good idea to optimize your internet settings once every couple of months.