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It's that time again!

As many of you know, each New 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
Dec 31 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on Jan 1. During that 24-hour period,
five powerful Internet-crawling robots 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 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.



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