Internet Shutdown

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 e-mail and inactive ftp, www and gopher sites, allows 
for a better working and faster Internet.

This year, the cleaning process will take place from 12:01 a.m. GMT on
July 17 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on July 18. During that 24 hour period, five 
very powerful Japanese built multi-lingual Internet crawling robots (Toshiba
ML-2274) 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
2. Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.
3. Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the
4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.
5. Avoid placing operating microwave ovens or toaster/toaster ovens near
   your computer modem.
6. Avoid wearing nylon (or other dielectric fiber) undergarments because of
   the possibility of electrical discharge.

We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some Internet users,
and we apologize. However, we are certain that any inconvenience 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.

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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