Help me grok the internets
May 12, 2006 3:43 AM Subscribe
So, it looks like this internet thing is here to stay and it's playing a bigger and bigger role in my professional and personal life. Hence, I want to bite the bullet and learn how it really works. I'm looking for suggestions of great resources (online and otherwise).
posted by primer_dimer to computers & internet (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've recently built a modest high-performance computing cluster (for computational biology), which has caused me to have to think about networking in general and security in particular. While I've always been happy with computers (use linux all day, program C and Perl, built several PCs) I've never really felt like I understood networking and the internet. Now it seems to me that the 'net is getting more and more important in terms of business, culture, etc. and I don't see this changing anytime soon, so I've come to the conclusion that a better understanding would be a Good Thing. If I can acquire this understanding online for free, so much the better. What are the best resources for learning about the technical side of the 'net? Sites that explain how the different protocols (http, tcp, ip etc) work? Perhaps there's a blog out there that explains the technical side of current news stories (network neutrality; the .xxx domain name; VOIP)? A site that gives excercises I could do on my home or university network (run different servers; make various types of secure connections)?
I realise that this is kind of a vague (and long!) question and that 'just google it' is a perfectly valid answer; nevertheless, I've been impressed by the level of technical knowledge I've seen on the green and would value the personal recommendation of MeFites. Feel free to ask for clarification.