IN THIS CHAPTER
Types of Networks and How They Work
Communicate over a Network
Tutorial: Using pine as a Newsreader
Netnews with Mozilla
WWW: World Wide Web
The communications facilities linking computers are continually improving, allowing faster and more economical connections. The earliest computers were unconnected stand-alone machines. To transfer information from one system to another, you had to store it in some form (usually magnetic tape, paper tape, or punch cards—called IBM or Hollerith cards), carry it to a compatible system, and read it back in. A notable advance occurred when computers began to exchange data over serial lines, although the transfer rate ...