I have contacted a few friends at MIT and my understanding is that this is
a hoax. There is nothing like "Internet Cleaning".
p.s. April 1st is April's fool's day
At 03/31/00 08:23 AM, you wrote:
DO NOT CONNECT TO THE INTERNET FROM MARCH 31st 23:59 PM UNTIL 12:01 AM APRIL
It's that time again! As many of you know, each year the Internet must be
shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning
process, which eliminates dead e-mail and inactive ftp, www and gopher
sites, allows for a better-working and faster Internet. This year, the
cleaning process will take place from 23:59 PM on March 31st until 00:01 AM
on April 2nd. 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
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 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
Fu Ling Yu
Interconnected Network Maintenance Staff
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
Surely, by now, you have come to conclusion that the message above is 100%
pure nonsense! Have a fun April Fool's Day tomorrow, and be sure to root
for the Badgers!