Internet is a network of computer system that has been connected to each other through satellites, telephone lines and optical cables. These computers can have access to a large volume of precious and useful information. Initially, internet operations were confined only to the USA but this new technology has spread wings around the globe during the last 10 years.
Internet operation began in 1986 when the US department of defence connected some computers through optical cable network. These networks also used satellites for transmission of data to far-off places. Later, some American universities also entered the internet arena. The main systems called internet servers were located in the USA. Now internet is a global phenomenon. Every student can have an access to internet through his computer system, a telephone line and a modem. The internet service must be provided by a govt organization like VSNL, MTNL etc. pr by a private firm, which is known as an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
The key success of the internet is the information. The better the quality, the more usage of Internet operations and this would lead to hooking one of more number of users on the Internet highway. Internet uses a special type of software, which has been developed in HTML, JAVA, VB and GGML. However a student need not be worried about these programmes as Internet surfing is very easy. It is possible to surf through Internet with the help of Windows 98 software and net space navigator software and either of these two would have to be loaded in the computer of the student.
Internet has given the most exciting mode of communication to all- the e-mail. We can send e-mail to all the corners of the world. The cost per page of e-mail is only 30 paisa. Further internet as already stated, can be used to collect information from various storage areas of the servers, and called the website. This information could relate to education, medicine, literature, software, computers, business, entertainment, friendship and leisure. Internet is also used for carrying out business operations and that get of operation is known as electronic commerce (E-commerce).
All the newspapers, magazines and journals of the world are available on internet; even our own Doordarshan is available on this information super highway. Therefore possibilities of internet are endless. The student can enhance his knowledge about the world in a matter of few hours while he is hooked on to internet.
Some students have mischievous intention. They waste time on sending false e-mail. Some others try to view those web sites that are not meant for them. That is a bad tendency and must be checked. Internet must be used for development and not for decay. Internet is the technology of future. In the times to come, offices would be managed at distant places through internet. The advantages of internet are low cost, large volume of information, high speed of access and good quality of entertainment. Its advantages are faulty telephone network, useless information of students and wastage of time while surfing through various web sites. Students can create and maintain their own Websites but for that, they would have to learn internet programming. They can learn internet operations and software are could be successful internet programmes in times to come.
The students must learn internet operation and must try to collect only the useful information. The new century would usher mankind into a new era of information technology (IT) and internet is the backbone of this existing era.