Boldly going where no one has bothered to go before    


Go placidly amid the Internet and remember what peace there may be in having more bandwidth.

As far as possible and without surrender be on good terms with all Sysops. Transfer your files quickly and cleanly; listen to others. Even at 2400 baud; they too have their story.

Avoid dropping the carrier abruptly; it is considered rude.

If you compare your modem to others, you will become vain and bitter; for always there will be faster and slower ones than yours.

Enjoy your fast transfers as well as your faxes. Keep interested in all networks, especially the Web; they are a real possession in the data highways of our time.

Exercise caution in your on-line affairs; be on the lookout for piracy. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many computer users strive for high ideals; and shareware is often good.

Be yourself. Especially do not dial up falsely. Neither be cynical about Windows, for it is only an operating system and for most people it does the job.

Take kindly the counsel of newspaper columnists, gracefully surrendering the 286s of your youth. Nurture regular data backups to shield you in sudden power blackouts. But do not distress yourself by imagining viruses. Many fears are born of IRC and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with your computer.

You are a child of cyberspace, no less then URLs and email, you have a right to be there.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the information highways are unfolding as they should. Therefore be at peace on line, no matter which browser you use.

Whatever your languages and applications, in the noisy confusion of the world wide web, keep peace in your soul.

With all its news groups, home pages and search engines it is a beautiful place.

Be cheerful. Strive to be more than just a hacker.

© 1994 Richard Price
with apologies to Max Ehrmann


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