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
April 1st until 12:01 a.m, GMT on April 2nd 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
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 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
Please notify your friends relatives and business associates on this event
so they too will be prepared.