Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advanced IT utilization

By Shawn Perez

The Internet has completely changed our lives. Society has completely succumbed and adapted to all its great benefits and perks. It has affected the way we use a map, read the news, and even watch TV. Without giving much thought, it has turned the single-taskers to multi-taskers.

The Internet is a giant web of computer networks communicating with one another all over the world. Believe it or not, the Internet was first discovered back in the 1960s. It was used for government and military purposes only.

You might be asking yourself how the Internet works. The network that computers use to communicate is what is called the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). As we all know, the Internet is a vast resource for data and information. It is all about how fast we can receive information, which is probably why the military used it.

We are beginning to see Wi-Fi signs in store-front windows such, on public transportation, and in airports. The more time goes on, we will most likely see them in grocery stores, banks, and movie theaters. Internet cafes are already becoming a thing of the past.

What's great about more organizations offering Wi-Fi service to their customers is that the Internet is becoming easier and easier to access. Today cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, and even iPods all have Wi-Fi capabilities. You can make a call, check your email, and even listen to your favorite artist or band all on one small gadget.

The Internet has made our lives easier and more difficult at the same time. Relying on the Internet TOO much can have its pitfalls. For example, logging on to your bank's website to make a transfer that you know you need to do and the bank's website is down for "maintenance". Trying to purchase items at a store and the store's credit card machine system is down can be frustrating. Bandwidth usage can also cause issues and can be frustrating for users. Too many people using the same network can make the network run slow and almost nonexistent.

With the rise of the Internet and in technology, the two obviously go hand in hand and have made our lives significantly easier. However, the Internet and technology certainly aren't perfect. There are a number of glitches that still occur from time to time and can be nothing short of maddening. These glitches can be connection/connectivity problems, web pages with errors, or servers that have gone down and need troubleshooting or repair. Since most organizations' internal systems and email run on servers, when the system goes down, production completely comes to a halt.

The growth of technology and the Internet doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The Internet and technology has yet to still change how we live and work. Perhaps in the future we won't have to go to work or school. Everything can be done from the comfort of our own homes with our own laptops. It is very easy for people to work from home today with external email and VPN access. Schools today also offer a number of courses online and education portals are becoming more and more popular. The future is now.

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