Internet Cleaning

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12:01am (GMT) APRIL 1st.

*** Attention ***

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 "bots" 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 following:

1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their
Internet connections.

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.

We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some Internet
users, and we apologize. However, we are certain that any
inconveniences will be more than made up for by the increased speed
and efficiency of the Internet, once it has been cleared of electronic
flotsam and jetsam.

We thank you for your cooperation.

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

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