FUNCTIONS OVER INTERNET

 

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It does very little good to have a network linking millions of computers and tens of millions of been a problem for years. There are still advances to be made, but in general, the world’s information is becoming digitized with a vengeance. The problem isn’t getting the information- it’s knowing what’s available and where to look for it. That’s what Archie, Gopher, and Veronica wee created to solve. Forget the other stuff – here’s the inside story.

  1. ARCHIE

The name is derived from Archive. Archie is basically a database of filenames and their locations. It is as if you signed onto every FTP site and keyed in directory to get a listing of filenames in each directory, saved the results to a text file, and created a special program to search that huge text file for a given filename or partial filename. Here’s what to keep in mind – Archie asks you for a file name or part of a filename, it searches its database of such names, and it gives you the name and FTP site location of names that match what you have asked for. You access Archie via one of only a handful of Archie sites located around the world.

 

  1. GOPHER

The name is derived from Gofer as in “go for coffee, my lad, will you.” (There is also a lame connection to the Golden Gophers, the football team of the University of Minnesota, site of the very first Internet Gopher.) An Internet Gopher is a menu system designed by some good souls to help you identify and actually obtain information from the Net.

 

Imagine creating a menu system on your disk that embraced all of your word-processing files. Each term on the menu describes a file. Select any item and the menu software automatically issues the command needed to run your word processor and load the desired file. When you finish with the file, you are returned to the menu system from which you can make different selections.

 

That’s what a Gopher does. Except, of course, the various menus are typically nested at several levels, with one menu leading to another more specific menu. There are two things to remember about Gophers – First, a Gopher can give you access to just about every aspect of the Net (FTP, telnet, Archie, newsgroups, etc); second, while there are many more Gopher sites than Archie sites, every Gopher is unique. No single Gopher covers the entire Internet. Instead, each tends to be strong in one or two individual areas.

 

  1. VERONICA

Named after Archie’s girlfriend in the old comic strip (Forget the red herring you will read that’s related to rodents), the Archie and Veronica concepts are essentially the same. The difference is that Archie offers a searchable database of the directory listing of many FTP sites, while Veronica offers a searchable database of the menu items on hundreds of Gopher sites. Since the Veronica database is made up of menu item entries, you have got a lot more to work with than obscure filenames. You can search on the basis of a topic or a concept. Veronica also permits much more powerful searches. You can use ANDs and ORs, for the example, to link terms. This is a wonderful concept. And when Veronica works, you think, “Boy, I’ve got this Internet information thing mastered. I can find anything! “Unfortunately, Veronica doesn’t always work, at least not the way it’s supposed to be.” Veronica is available as an option on most Gopher menus. Give it a try. But don’t unquestionably accepts the results it produces.

INFORMATION FINDING FUNCTIONS OVER INTERNET

It does very little good to have a network linking millions of computers and tens of millions of been a problem for years. There are still advances to be made, but in general, the world’s information is becoming digitized with a vengeance. The problem isn’t getting the information- it’s knowing what’s available and where to look for it. That’s what Archie, Gopher, and Veronica wee created to solve. Forget the other stuff – here’s the inside story.

  1. ARCHIE

The name is derived from Archive. Archie is basically a database of filenames and their locations. It is as if you signed onto every FTP site and keyed in directory to get a listing of filenames in each directory, saved the results to a text file, and created a special program to search that huge text file for a given filename or partial filename. Here’s what to keep in mind – Archie asks you for a file name or part of a filename, it searches its database of such names, and it gives you the name and FTP site location of names that match what you have asked for. You access Archie via one of only a handful of Archie sites located around the world.

 

  1. GOPHER

The name is derived from Gofer as in “go for coffee, my lad, will you.” (There is also a lame connection to the Golden Gophers, the football team of the University of Minnesota, site of the very first Internet Gopher.) An Internet Gopher is a menu system designed by some good souls to help you identify and actually obtain information from the Net.

 

Imagine creating a menu system on your disk that embraced all of your word-processing files. Each term on the menu describes a file. Select any item and the menu software automatically issues the command needed to run your word processor and load the desired file. When you finish with the file, you are returned to the menu system from which you can make different selections.

 

That’s what a Gopher does. Except, of course, the various menus are typically nested at several levels, with one menu leading to another more specific menu. There are two things to remember about Gophers – First, a Gopher can give you access to just about every aspect of the Net (FTP, telnet, Archie, newsgroups, etc); second, while there are many more Gopher sites than Archie sites, every Gopher is unique. No single Gopher covers the entire Internet. Instead, each tends to be strong in one or two individual areas.

 

  1. VERONICA

Named after Archie’s girlfriend in the old comic strip (Forget the red herring you will read that’s related to rodents), the Archie and Veronica concepts are essentially the same. The difference is that Archie offers a searchable database of the directory listing of many FTP sites, while Veronica offers a searchable database of the menu items on hundreds of Gopher sites. Since the Veronica database is made up of menu item entries, you have got a lot more to work with than obscure filenames. You can search on the basis of a topic or a concept. Veronica also permits much more powerful searches. You can use ANDs and ORs, for the example, to link terms. This is a wonderful concept. And when Veronica works, you think, “Boy, I’ve got this Internet information thing mastered. I can find anything! “Unfortunately, Veronica doesn’t always work, at least not the way it’s supposed to be.” Veronica is available as an option on most Gopher menus. Give it a try. But don’t unquestionably accepts the results it produces.

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