=  F.U.C.K. - Fucked Up College Kids - Born Jan. 24th, 1993 - F.U.C.K.  =

                              The Old Dirt Road

        It twisted in and out of small clearings and thick forest.
Gnarled trees stood like guardians all around the old path in vain
attempt to hide what lie ahead. The traveler was not worried though,
he knew that somewhere up ahead was his goal. He had been searching
for years it seemed, trying to find this one prize so that he could
finally rest, and recuperate for the next journey. Misleading commoners
had cost him hours of travel; even discouraged, he continued on, holding
the one sacred thing in his mind. Soon, he would have it and be able to
go on journey's that until now he could only imagine. Continuing on,
his patience payed off. He had finally found what he had been searching
for all day. With a sigh of relief, he grabbed the ever sacred item.

$get anonymous.ftp.list

        If you have waded through internet recently, the above paragraph
probably hit home with you. It used to be that getting on the net
and surfing through all the unknown sites was a blast, always something
new to you and your friends, always new files unseen in the BBS community.
As time passed, things got worse. More and more of the cool FTP sites
went down or no longer allowed anonymous FTP. Over the months, transfers
got slower and slower until finally you found yourself up at three
in the morning, transfering a file at a little over 9600 baud between
two major college sites.
        What happened? Why did things get so bad? Why are there more
and more private sites, more lag, more confusion? Why is there so
much hype surrounding the internet in the news? Why can you walk into
computer stores or bookstores and see twenty books on Internet made
for begginers. "Internet for Dummies" and "Idiot's Guide to Internet".
Excuse me, but I thought the net was originally designed for the
science community and colleges to trade information, and for research
of any kind to be completed without leaving your home or local library.
        From what I understood, the net was to remain commercial free
and relatively free of large businesses. These days, every third site
you hear or read about is a .com site though. Great, another commercial
site. Why does NBC or MTV need to be on the net? There primary way
of communications is through TV, not computer networks. Why is it I can
mail Adam Curry or Billy Idol, but I can't mail my senators or someone 
else of some slight importance? Of course, I can mail the president now,
but he doesn't read the mail. It is all screened for him no doubt, and
I would imagine that 90% or more of it doesn't ever get read by him.
        Things are different now. For the low price of $22.50 you can
establish an account, and receive 3 hours of access to internet! Each
additional minute is .54 cents and each meg downloaded is $1.28 plus
tax. Every commercial service like Prodigy, Delphi, Compuserve, etc 
offer internet access as a major feature. Since thousands and
thousands of people sign up for that, is there any wonder where all
the lag comes from? The people on those services are usually not
very computer litterate, and they are bogging down the net looking for
the latest .gifs or whatnot.
        The fact that you would have to pay for such a service is
bullshit. Those companies are making money off giving people access
to college computers and research labs' computers, which they did
not pay for. Seems that is abusing the priveledge a little, and causing
legitimate researches too much hassle. 

        With all the advertising you see regarding the net, and all
the politicians promising 'information superhighways' in the future,
more and more people are signing up for services. Fact is, the net
is the furthest thing from a superhighway. A winding dirt road blocked
by trees, pits, and guards seems more appropriate. With the current
growth of people, and lack of growth of new computers hooking into the
net, seems like that road will wear out sooner than repair itself and
rebuild into a highway of any sort.
        With phone companies limiting what they release in technology,
they hinder the very basic thing the net needs to survive, repair, and
grow. Pacific Bell sits on ISDN technology while the rest of the world
tries to cram everything they can on existing technology in hopes
of creating this so called 'information superhighway'. Deregulation
of the phone companies didn't work like anyone thought though, and
instead just created a virtual monopoly on certain phone services.

        As John C. Dvorak says in one mag "...has been a lot of confusion,
        a booming Internet, and an even more booming business in books
        about the Internet. If the Internet is the information superhighway,
        then we're all in trouble. By allowing every Tim, Dick, and Harry
        access, the Internet will become the central clearinghouse for hate
        groups, neo-Nazis, Communist wanna-bes, sick cults, spies, and
        kiddie-porn activists. It's not close to being out of control. It
        IS out of control. But golly, information should be free, so I guess
        it's okay, huh?"

        Welp. That is about right. How many 'alt.' newsgroups are there?
How many topics are covered? Do we really NEED a newsgroup for  
'alt.sex.masturbate.cheesegrater'? How 'bout all the mail lists? Enough
to publish a whole book of how to get into contact with them and add
yourself to various mail lists that are almost as pointless as the 
thousands of newsgroups. 

        Anyway, since we can't get the technology we need for a better 
highway, and over 1,000,000 people sign up for internet services a month, 
I don't think it will get much better. In fact, I think it will get
much much worse...

                                the DisordeR of my mind.

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