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Question asked by VRFuser on Feb 22, 1996

*** 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 connections.

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

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
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.

Kim Dereksen
Interconnected Network Maintenance staff
Main branch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sysops and others:  Since the last internet cleaning, the number of
internet users has grown dramatically.  Please assist us in alerting
the public of the upcoming internet cleaning by posting this message
where your users will be able to read it.  Please pass this message
on to other sysops and internet users as well.  Thank you.