Internet Services

World Wide Web, WWW, W3, the Web

The Web is the universe of network-accessible information, an embodiment of human knowledge. It is an initiative started at CERN (European Particle Physics Laboratory), now with many participants. It has a body of software, and a set of protocols and conventions. The Web uses hypertext and multimedia techniques to make it easy for anyone to roam, browse, and contribute.

paraphrased from Tim Berners-Lee's "World Wide Web Initiative"


gopher n. 1. Any of various short tailed, burrowing mammals of the family Geomyidae, of North America. 2. (Amer. colloq.) Native or inhabitant of Minnesota: the Gopher State. 3. (Amer. colloq.) One who runs errands, does odd-jobs, fetches or delivers documents for office staff. 4. (computer tech.) Software following a simple protocol for tunneling through a TCP/IP internet.

from the University of Minnesota's Computer & Information Services Gopher Consultant

File Transfer Protocol

The ARPANET standard File Transfer Protocol transfers files to and from a remote network site.

from the Sun manual page

Wide Area Information System

WAIS stands for Wide Area Information Servers, and is an architecture for a distributed information retrieval system. WAIS is based on the client server model of computation, and allows users of computers to share information using a common computer-to-computer protocol.

paraphrased from the Frequently Asked Questions list for WAIS


telnet - user interface to a remote system using the TELNET protocol

from the Sun manual pages


news - USENET network news articles and batches

from the Sun manual pages

Last Update: 19 May 94 Alexander Binder