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Creation Date: 2002-09-10
This is a modern art version of a project I'm working on. It's filed under "C:\altsci\flashinpan\ASNetwork". While it's in a backburners directory, I've been putting a bunch of time into it. It is about networks. You see, recently, I've had a few problems with networks. I love the internet and I think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. But there comes a time when corporations get deep enough engrained into something that it has to be reinvented. ASNetwork is about reinventing the internet. It won't be a new program, a new p2p app, or a nice website. My current specifications say that it should be a network that is parallel and seperate from the internet. It will connect computers as the internet does. At the start, it will use phone lines and may even piggyback the internet. But in time, it will exceed the power of the internet and shove the internet into oblivion. Why do we need a new standard? I for one hate new standards. DirectX 9 is coming out soon after I learned DirectX 8. I can't stand it. But this is something more important, more basic. Right now, certain companies own most of the internet. That's right. They own it. Who? Quest and Verison are big ones. They own the phones, they own the cable, they own the net. If they want to shut down content, they will. If they want to charge outrageous prices, they will. Not just that they can, but they do. In the event of economic downfall which we are currently beginning, it is possible that both of these outright acts of aggression towards customers will be escalated to such a level that people will not be able to stand it. The 56k telephone-based BBS will be revived. Even the 2400 bps modem will be used. People will move into major cities so that they can get better content. CDs will become much more fashionable. LAN parties will be essential for the growth of the community. Hackers (those who produce content) will be far more prevalent than stalkers (those who consume content). So then there will need to be a backup plan that is not covered by the government and corporations. A medium that cannot be regulated, bought, or misused.

The first question is how. How does one start? Well, first you need a network. You need hackers with computers that can call each other and communicate. I only have one phone line, so I can only be a producer or consumer. A person with two phone lines can be a connector. A person with three phone lines can be a hookup. So how does the network work? Well, everyone has to be connected to everyone else. I dial up to John. John is connected to Mary. Mary is connected to Pete and Suzy. Pete is connected to Mark. Suzy is connected to Jeff. If i want to get info from Jeff, I ask John for it. John asks Mary, Mary asks Pete and Suzy, Suzy asks Jeff, Jeff sends the reply. A pathing system like ip addresses can clean that up, but that's the general idea. But I need my phone, don't I? Well, no. My family and Qwest telemarketers are the only people who know my phone number and I don't want either calling. Not that I don't like talking to my mom every other day, I would rather e-mail.

But what about the phone system? Qwest owns that, too. Uh huh. Well, that's another hurdle. Satellites are pretty useful, especially for overseas communication. Renting a satellite from a non-corporate entity is not possible. Hacking a satellite is more possible, but requires equipment and would break enough laws to put a person away for good. But I know that there's a way. Until I get to that point, I'll put it on the backburner. Actually, for now, I'm just mapping the current internet. I'm doing tracert's to a few places of interest. I'm designing a socket program that pings a list of addresses and checks what ports are open. Linux has a program that does that, but I want one that I can edit and use with win32 for now.

About the artistic aspect of the project, networks are very interesting, but I thought that tonight more symbolizes the wide difference between the human's and the computer's understanding of information. Even a tracert only sees a line. While geographically it is a mess, the computer sees rows of RAM filled with useless stuff that it throws towards the screen, almost haphazardly. A computer would never understand what we see even if it were programmed to do so. So I blended three pictures of three tracert's to show that the computer only understands what we tell it, not the purpose.
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