It's been an eventful year online. The industry has battled against a number of virulent viruses and an increase in hack attacks. Users have lamented the loss of Napster and the decline of free digital music, and others have welcomed the arrival of Microsoft's latest baby, Windows XP.
The IT world has also been rocked by the announcement of the potential HP/Compaq merger.
So without further ado, vnunet.com, the technology bible, brings you the top 10 stories of 2001.
Moon's dark side is mountainous, rugged and never visible from the Earth
The groundwater basins in some areas of Tehran have been damaged irreversibly
This is the first time that any spacecraft on Mars has recorded air vibrations on the planet
Arctic sea ice is thickening at a faster rate during winter, thus slowing down long-term decline: NASA
But, the seasonal ice growth could only delay the demise of the Arctic ice cap for a few more decades