Do you remember life before the Internet? Isn’t it hard to believe that something that has been around for such a short time is such a big part of our everyday life? (In some form or another, the technology underlying the ‘Net has been around since the 1970’s, but it was only in the early 1990’s, with the launch of the World Wide Web, that the Internet began to become part of public consciousness. And it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that the word “Internet” actually became a part of our daily language. But as of June 30, 2009, the estimated population of Internet users worldwide was approximately 1.67 billion!)
So how did you use the Internet today? The possibilities are almost infinite . . .
Perhaps you downloaded some music from iTunes or Napster . . . the Black Eyed Peas? Or did you go online to buy tickets for your favorite orchestra’s next performance of Mozart or Beethoven?
Or maybe you used the ‘Net to run some errands . . . online banking . . . shopping for books or clothes or electronics? Or did you save yourself a trip to the post office by sending a friend birthday greetings with an e-card?
Did you have some projects to finish around the house? On the 'Net you can find instructions for almost anything . . . from how to cook chicken soup to how to change an electrical socket? (Try eHow.com!)
Or perhaps you’ve become one of the millions who read eBooks online? Or maybe you use an eBook reader to take them along with you? (Did you know you can download over 30,000 eBooks completely free at the website of Project Gutenberg? Charles Dickens . . . Franz Kafka . . . or even the Brothers Grimm!)
And among the seemingly endless array of things you can do online, you can even use your computer to repair your computer. Download the latest driver from the an online support site . . . search hundreds of forums and databases for solutions to an error message . . . or perhaps order parts or upgrades . . .