1, 2002 As you all know, the Internet has seen explosive
growth over the past five years. More and more people are using
the Internet on a daily indeed, hourly basis.
Access providers are scrambling to provide high-speed connections
to meet the ever increasing demand for excelerated bandwidth. Unfortunately,
the nation's telecommunication infrastructure has not been able
to keep up with demand. Unless measures are taken to control the
avalanche of information clogging the pipelines every day, the Internet
is doomed to slow down to an unacceptable speed or perhaps
What can be done?
The telecommunications industry is working feverishly to expand
the nation's network, but until new equipment is in place, the system
is vulnerable. Last week the federal government enacted an emergency
measure. Beginning April 8, at 11:59:59pm and lasting 48 hours,
the Internet will be "cleaned" to rid it of useless information.
This unprecedented spring cleaning is being implemented to ensure
that valuable information continues to be transmitted at optimal
During the 48-hour cleaning period, InterNIC will release a small
army of electronic robots, similar to those used by search engines,
to sweep through all US-based servers on the Web. These web-bots,
nicknamed Hoovers, will snarf up useless files. Make no mistake
about it this is a sneak, seek, and delete operation.
Here's the rub.
This all sounds great, right? Think again. Unfortunately our government
believes that many of the most useless sites on the Web are the
ones put up by pet owners about their pets. Dog and cat web sites
are being targeted by Operation Hoover for the first sweep. Inactive
and obsolete files from gifs to jpegs to html documents
will be scanned and snarfed.
I don't know about you, but this makes me very uncomfortable. I
have over 600 html pages on my web site, and over 2500 pieces of
art work in the form of gifs and jpegs. According to this new plan,
the government's "Hoovers" will be crawling through my
server directories evaluating my files. Who's to say the Hoovers
will delete only the inactive files? And how can a robot
accurately determine which files are inactive and which should be
How to protect your site
Do we have any recourse? You bet! If you are interested in protecting
your site's pet data, or if you just want to learn more about Operation
Hoover, click here. Remember, what you don't
know CAN hurt you!
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