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TCP/IP For Dummies, 6th Edition by Candace Leiden, Marshall Wilensky

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Chapter 23

Ten More Uses for TCP/IP

In This Chapter

Finding out where Internet congestion will slow down your access

Learning phrases and vocabulary in different languages

Watching an Antarctica live feed

Checking on trends in Internet break-ins and testing your computer’s security

Watching truckers drive on ice

TCP/IP makes it possible for you to travel the Internet and Web looking for technical information, such as security tips and locations for Internet congestion. The protocol stack also provides communications underpinnings so that you can have a little fun. This chapter lists almost ten serious and not so serious places you can visit, compliments of the TCP/IP protocol stack.

Find Internet Traffic Jams

Hopefully, most of the time your Web surfing is smooth sailing. (Yes, we’re mixing our sports, but, hey, they’re all water sports.) If you’re having trouble reaching some sites, however, you may want to check out the Internet Traffic Report, which tells you if any geographic regions of the Internet are congested.  For example, you can get an idea if the site in Europe you’re trying to reach is impacted by high traffic. The map, updated every five minutes, is at www.internettrafficreport.com/main.htm.

The Traffic Report tracks the worldwide flow of Internet data around the world. You can see a map of the world that shows an index for each continent, except Africa and Antarctica. The current index is a number between zero and one hundred. The higher the index, the faster and ...

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