Friday, December 8, 2006

Internet "Clean-up Day"

internet cleanup myth
There's an e-mail circulating the net for a while that sounds something like this :

Subj: Internet Clean-up Day

*** 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 12:01 a.m.. GMT on
February 27 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on February 28 (the time least likely to
interfere with ongoing work). During that 24-hour period, five powerful
Internet search engines 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

3. Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the

4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any

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.

It's funny but is it true of false ?

To answer this question you don't need to use a lot of brain :)

This rumor, myth, whatever you like calling it, is just absurd. There is no such thing as a "cleanup day" for the Internet. If each webmaster shuts down their web server there would be NO Internet to clean.
This kind of e-mails are usually forged with a famous signature (e.g. Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt) and can be very persuasive, so you might be confused at the begging.

My advice is just don't believe this crap.

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