No, by all means be picky about that - I usually am! I thought someone would pick up on that. Unfortunately the "popular" view (hence my quotation marks) is that the Net popped into being at the same time as the World Wide Web started to kick into high gear, and so the Net has become a bit synonymous with the WWW. I mean, I mainly used newgroups, email and other UNIX stuff when I arrived at Uni in 1994 - I don't think the Uni network Windows machines even had a web browser as standard then, short of Lynx when telnet'd into one of the multi-user Unix boxes! But Durham was good, in that even us mere mortals could get on a HP box in the library and use Mosaic. That was also around the time when PCs started to come of age, beating the other home comps into the ground of course - so it all started to come together around then for the, shall we say, lay person. I was aware of BBS but never had a machine with a modem until as late as 97 when the college I moved to failed to give me Net access. This is going to be one of those things like vinyl records or mobile phones - kids born in this century just won't believe that at some point there wasn't a Net as they'll experience it... This is all far too deep for this time of night, I'm off!
Andy Thomas - SFXB Webmaster and Forum Moderator