[thelist] internet spring cleaning

rudy r937 at interlog.com
Tue Apr 1 05:50:30 CST 2003

received the following email yesterday and thought i should forward it

tip to follow



It's that time again! As many of you know, each year the Internet must be
shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning
process, which eliminates dead email and inactive ftp, www and gopher sites,
allows for a better-working and faster Internet.

This year, the cleaning process will take place from 23:59 pm (GMT) on March
31st until 00:01 am (GMT) on April 2nd. During that 24-hour period, five
powerful Internet-crawling robots situated around the world will search the
Internet and delete any data that they find.

In order to protect your valuable data from deletion we ask that you do the

 1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their Internet
 2. Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.
 3. Disconnect all disks and hardrives from any connections to the Internet.
 4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.

Fu Ling Yu
Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff Main Branch,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sysops and others: Since the last Internet cleaning, the number of Internet
users has grown dramatically. Please assist us in alerting the public of the
upcoming Internet cleaning by posting this message where your users will be
able to read it. Please pass this message on to other sysops and Internet
users as well. Thank you.

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