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The links on this page are designed to inform the reader about two things:

- computers (why and how we have them in their modern form); and
- the internet (how it developed, why it's here, and what's happening to it).


My interminably-forthcoming book goes into the history of computers in great detail. This is almost a strange thing, since the constant pace of development in this field means that six months ago is now almost ancient history. Still, it's necessary to maintain a sense of perspective about the topic, so as not to be too overawed by it. Let's take an example. Most people knowledgeable about computers would by now know about the pioneering work of Charles Babbage. But did you know that much of the the internet and computer technology that is around today by preempted by a 1946 science fiction story by Murray Leinster, called 'A Logic Named Joe'?


These companies have been the 'big-league' players in the development of computers and software over the last few decades. Of course, to myself and many thousands of devoted fellow-fans like me, the Commodore Amiga deserves a place in here also. But it is already well-served within this website. And a place in history is not nearly so important as a place in out hearts.


Browsing through the following links will give you an idea of the what, where and why of the internet. You may never need to contact any of these people, but it's good to have the information to hand.


Some people think that the story of computers and the internet is all about benevolent technological development and the ever-rising fortunes of Bill Gates. If only it were so. Behind the benign interface of your web-browser lies a hotbed of political and cultural issues. Become informed about them and make your surfing voyages all the more richer.


THE COMPUTING DICTIONARY - search for the meaning of computer terms:


DomainGames(tm) Domain Name Search Engine & Manager - check domain name registration (US only)

Enter a complete or partial domain name. The allowed characters are alphanumerics and wildcards (* and ?). You must specify at least the first three letters before using any wildcards.

National Fraud Information Center/Internet Fraud Watch

Search the NFIC/IFW website for:

and display the results

Searches allow capitals, "" (quotes), & (and), | (or), ~ (near), * (wildcards).

SEARCH THE PC WEBOPAEDIA for extensive computer information:

By keyword...

...or by category

SEARCH REVIEWFINDER.COM for hardware and software reviews:

Type a product or company name:

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