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Leap Year Internet Shutdown

*** Attention ***

It's that time again!

As many of you know, each leap 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
Feb. 29 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on March 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

2.  Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.

3.  Disconnect all disks and hardrives from any connections to the

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 inconven-
iences 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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