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A   Access   -­‐  To  log  on  to  the  Internet,  where  you  can  browse  information,  view  Web  sites,   retrieve  data,  and  send  or  receive  e-­‐mail.  The  term  "access"  comes  from  the  notion   that  you  are  accessing  a  computer  system,  known  as  a  server,  that  enables  you  to   connect  to  other  computers  and  "get  online."  You  can  do  this  with  a  computer  and  a   modem  through  a  dial-­‐up  connection  (via  an  ISP),  or  over  a  network  (such  as  an   office  LAN).  Access  can  also  be  used  to  describe  the  act  of  retrieving  information.   For  example,  "In  order  to  access  that  file,  you  have  to  FTP  into  the  server."     Address   a.k.a.  e-­‐mail  address  -­‐or-­‐  Internet  address  -­‐or-­‐  network  address  -­‐or-­‐  Web   address  -­‐or-­‐  addy   -­‐  A  series  of  letters,  numbers,  and/or  symbols  by  which  you  identify  yourself  and  by   which  the  Internet  identifies  you  (actually,  your  computer).  It  is  also  a  location   where  information  is  stored.  Through  the  use  of  addresses,  people  can  send  e-­‐mail,   look  at  Web  sites,  and  send  or  receive  files  and  documents.     Age   -­‐  Actually  it  is  "-­‐age"  which  is  a  suffix  used  in  slang  to  exaggerate  a  word  and  give  it   much  larger  meaning.  For  example,  "Where's  the  foodage?"  means  "I'm  really   hungry."  Similarly,  "major  lossage"  indicates  a  big  failure.     Apple   -­‐  It’s  the  companies  name  of  mac  or  Macintosh.  And  their  company’s  emblem  or   logo.     Antique   -­‐  When  something  you  acquire  or  have  its  from  the  past  and  becomes  an  antique.        


B   Bats   -­‐  Battery-­‐powered,  ultrasonic  transmitters.  Small  enough  for  a  key  chain  or  a  belt,   they're  worn  by  people  or  placed  inside  objects.  They  broadcast  a  48-­‐bit  pulse  to   receivers  that  are  embedded  in  ceilings.       Bench   -­‐  It's  clear  that  business  is  still  dominated  by  men.  Otherwise,  there  wouldn't  be  so   many  testosterone-­‐driven  sports  terms  masquerading  as  business  phrases.  "We've   got  bench,"  the  salesman  assures  the  customer  who  wants  to  know  if  the  company   can  deliver  as  promised.  "We  need  bench,"  complains  the  manager  whose   department  has  been  running  two  down  for  the  past  six  months.  In  other  places,   "bench"  is  the  justification  for  an  excessive  number  of  excessively-­‐paid  executives   sitting  in  gargantuan-­‐sized  offices.     Bluetooth   -­‐  An  open  technology  specification  for  short-­‐range  radio  links  between  mobile  PCs,   "smart"  devices,  and  other  portable  machines.  It  is  a  networking  technology  that   enables  data  to  easily  transfer  from  one  device  to  another,  and  unlike  infrared   (which  requires  a  clear  line  of  sight  to  operate  properly).     Bun   -­‐  A  bun  is  a  part  of  the  bread,  its  usually  cut  in  a  square  and  you  use  it  for   sandwiches  usually.     Best   -­‐  Its  an  expression  you  use  to  qualify  something  that  you  really  like,  and  you  want  to   say  its  really  good.    


C

 

Carrier   -­‐  Another  name  for  a  phone  connection,  it  also  refers  to  a  company  that  provides   wireless  telecommunication  services.     Cell  Phone  

a.k.a. mobile phone -or- wireless phone -or- my cell - A mobile telephone that uses wireless technology, it is considered indispensable for road warriors, modern mothers, teenagers, and those who work in the industry. Also known as a handy (short for handheld), many cell phones are now capable of receiving text-based messages (such as e-mail or SMS) in addition to incoming calls. A friend may say to you, "Call me on my cell." Note: A pager is not the same as a cell phone ;-) Clean   -­‐  Refers  to  bug-­‐free  code.     Car   -­‐  A  vehicle  used  for  transportation,  which  is  used  with  a  motor  and  oil.     Clean   -­‐  Its  an  action  that  you  use  when  you  take  the  dirt  of  something,  or  something  said   when  you  finish  taking  a  shower.  

 


D

 

Data   -­‐  In  general,  data  is  information:  factual  information,  such  as  text,  numbers,  sounds,   and  images-­‐anything  that  can  be  processed  on  a  computer.  Data  also  represents   concepts  and  sensations  that  are  suitable  for  communication,  interpretation,  or   processing.  As  futurist  Marshall  McLuhan  said,  "The  electric  light  is  pure   information,"  meaning  that  everything  perceptible  is  data.  The  word  "data"  is  plural,   and  the  singular  form  is  "datum."  However,  data  is  often  taken  to  be  singular  (as  it  is   in  this  dictionary).     Default   -­‐  A  computer  software  setting  or  preference  that  states  what  will  automatically   happen  in  the  event  that  the  user  has  not  stated  another  preference.  For  example,   your  computer  may  have  a  default  setting  to  launch  or  start  Netscape  whenever  a   GIF  is  opened;  if  you  prefer  to  use  Photoshop  whenever  you  need  to  view  a  GIF,  you   can  change  the  default  setting.     Delete   -­‐  To  remove  a  file  or  erase  information.     Door   -­‐  Its  something  used  to  cover  a  room,  to  create  an  entry  and  an  exit  way.     Dream   -­‐  When  you  go  to  sleep  and  sleeping  you  appear  in  something  or  something  goes  on   inside  your  mind.      

 


E

 

Editor   -­‐  A  software  program  used  to  write  and  edit  HTML  code.     Embed   -­‐  This  term  refers  to  using  computer  code  to  place  something,  such  as  a  video  or   song,  on  a  Web  site  or  blog.  When  something  is  "embedded"  on  a  Web  page,  the  user   can  watch  the  video  or  listen  to  the  song  without  leaving  the  page.       Enterprise   -­‐  Another  name  for  a  business.  On  the  Web,  it  refers  to  any  large  company  or   organization  that  utilizes  computers.  For  example,  an  intranet  can  be  called  an   "enterprise  computing  system."     Entry   -­‐  Is  a  way  were  you  are  introduced  to  something  or  to  a  place.     Ecology   -­‐    To  take  care  of  the  environment,  to  keep  our  planet  clean.          


F

 

  Failure   a.k.a.  attending  the  "pink-­‐slip  party"  "blood  loss"  "lossage"  "lossity"  "the  big   zero"   -­‐  In  the  industry,  failure  is  when  a  business  becomes  unsuccessful,  ceases  to   function,  or  declares  chapter  11.  Entrepreneurs  do  not  look  at  failure  as  totally   negative.  Instead,  when  they  hear  your  first  business  failed,  they'll  say,  "Welcome  to   the  club."  Many  successful  business  people  will  tell  you  they've  gone  through  dozens   of  failures  before  getting  it  right.  So  then,  failure  is  not  always  lack  of  success,  it  is   when  you  know  something  is  wrong  but  you  choose  to  do  it  anyway.  Take   petstore.com  for  example,  where  did  they  fail  in  that,  in  listening  to  experts  and   following  a  dream?  Unless  it  is  based  on  poor  management  or  the  like,  a  business   failure  is  better  thought  of  as  a  life  lesson.     Feature   -­‐  A  component  of  a  software  program  that  makes  it  unique  and  that  enables  you  to   do  something  with  that  program  (for  example,  a  spell  checker).  The  slang   translation  is  a  bug  or  discrepancy,  inadvertently  made  by  a  programmer,  that  the   marketing  department  somehow  made  useful.     Font   a.k.a.  typeface   -­‐  The  type  and  style  of  text  letters  and  characters  you  see  in  documents,  Web  pages,   and  graphical  images  of  words  (images  that  look  like  they're  typed  or  written).   There  are  many  font  choices  available  to  choose  from  (for  example,  Helvetica,  Arial,   and  Times  New  Roman).  Fonts  make  text  look  different,  and  some  people  use  funky   fonts  to  express  themselves.     Failure   -­‐  Its  when  you  set  a  goal  and  you  couldn’t  fulfill  it.     Finger   -­‐  It’s  the  part  of  your  body  that  you  use  to  type  on  your  computer.    


G

 

  Gadget   -­‐  A  synonym  for  gizmo,  it's  a  specialized  mechanical  or  electronic  device,  usually   small  in  size  and  sleek  in  nature.  Depending  on  the  gadget,  it  can  perform  a  number   of  things  such  a  making  phone  calls  (cell  phone),  listening  to  music  (MP3  player),   track  your  appointments  and  address  book  (PDA),  even  locate  where  you  are   standing  (GPS)!     Gateway   -­‐  A  system  for  exchanging  information  across  networks  that  are  incompatible  and   use  different  protocols.  Basically,  a  gateway  is  a  combination  of  hardware  and   software  that  connects  two  different  types  of  networks  so  that  information  can  be   exchanged.  The  hardware  devices  (called  "bridges")  and  the  computer  programs   perform  the  necessary  translations.     Glass   -­‐In  aviation  speak,  a  "glass"  aircraft  is  one  that  has  a  digital  cockpit,  as  opposed  to  a   "steam  gauge"  or  "rope  start"  cockpit  with  analog  instrumentation.  For  example,   "Since  moving  up  to  glass,  I'd  never  want  to  fly  an  old  steam  gauge  again."     Green   -­‐  It’s  a  bright  color  that  sometimes  can  be  either  dark  or  flashy.     Grass   -­‐  It’s  a  part  of  the  nature  were  trees  grow,  and  plants  grow  they  have  a  green  color.    

 


H

 

  Hack   -­‐  In  the  programming  world,  it  usually  identifies  a  programmer  that  has  less   experience  than  George  W  and  boasts  more  than  Al  Gore.  In  other  words,  it's  not  a   flattering  term.  Not  to  be  confused  with  hacker,  which  can  be  considered  a   compliment.       Handshake   -­‐  When  two  modems  are  trying  to  connect,  they  handshake  first  to  agree  on  how  to   transfer  data.     Host   -­‐  A  computer  that  functions  as  the  beginning  and  end  point  of  data  transfers.  It  is   most  commonly  thought  of  as  the  place  where  your  Web  site  resides.  An  Internet   host  has  a  unique  Internet  address  (IP  address)  and  a  unique  domain  name  or  host   name.  A  host  can  also  refer  to  a  Web  hosting  company.     Higher   -­‐  Its  something  which  is  out  of  your  range,  its  on  top  of  you.     House   -­‐  Its  where  us  humans  live,  where  we  build  our  families  in.                              


I

 

  Illegal   -­‐  Strangely  enough,  you  may  sometimes  see  an  error  message  that  says  "This   program  has  performed  an  illegal  operation,  and  it  will  be  shut  down."  Don't  worry,   it  does  not  mean  anything  illegal  happened;  it  is  an  incorrect  use  of  the  term  and  is   meant  to  tell  you  that  your  computer  or  a  particular  program  has  crashed.  (We  wish   Microsoft  would  reword  that  silly  sentence;  one  user  wrote  to  us  after  seeing  that   message,  scared  out  of  her  wits  that  the  feds  were  going  to  show  up  at  her  door!)   Illegal  also  refers  to  "improper  use"  or  "unauthorized  access."     Image   -­‐  A  picture  (as  opposed  to  text).     Inbox   -­‐  Similar  to  an  "inbox"  on  a  desk  where  incoming  work  gets  placed  until  you  are   ready  to  process  it,  this  refers  to  an  area  in  your  e-­‐mail  program  that  holds  the   incoming  e-­‐mail  messages  you  receive.  The  outbox  refers  to  e-­‐mail  messages  that   are  waiting  to  be  sent.  You  may  hear  someone  say  "I've  got  to  clean  up  my  inbox,   that  thread  about  the  office  party  has  taken  it  over."                        


J

 

    Joystick   -­‐  A  small  hand-­‐grip,  similar  in  appearance  to  a  stick  shift  in  a  car.  Gamers  use  it  to   play  video,  CD-­‐ROM,  and  online  games.     Java   -­‐  Developed  by  Sun  Microsystems,  it  is  a  programming  language  specifically   designed  for  writing  programs  that  can  be  safely  downloaded  through  the  Internet   without  fear  of  viruses  or  other  harm  to  computers  or  files.  Using  small  Java   programs  called  applets,  Web  pages  can  include  functions  such  as  animations,   calculators,  and  other  fancy  tricks.  Java  is  a  simple,  robust,  object-­‐oriented,   platform-­‐independent,  multi-­‐threaded,  dynamic,  general-­‐purpose  programming   environment.  It  is  best  used  for  creating  applets  and  applications  for  intranets,  the   Internet,  and  any  other  complex,  distributed  network.       Jughead   -­‐  A  software  program  that  helps  users  find  directories  when  using  Gopher,  it   supposedly  stands  for  "Jonzy's  Universal  Gopher  Hierarchy  Excavation  And  Display   Software,"  but  word  has  it  there  is  no  Jonzy.  The  name  just  makes  for  a  convenient   acronym.                          


K

 

  Key   -­‐  A  long  binary  number  used  to  encrypt  data.  To  unlock  encrypted  content,  you  must   find  the  precise  mathematical  combination  that  makes  up  the  key  (for  example,  two   prime  numbers  that  when  multiplied  produce  the  key).  The  longer  the  key,  the  more   bits  it  has  and  therefore  the  more  possible  combinations  of  bits.  This  makes  it  more   difficult  for  someone  to  guess  the  right  combination.  Key  length  alone  does  not   make  encryption  invincible;  an  algorithm  also  makes  it  difficult  for  a  hacker  to   discover  and  exploit  any  patterns  in  the  encryption.     Keyword   a.k.a.  key  word   -­‐  On  a  search  engine,  for  example,  it's  the  term  or  phrase  you  type  in  order  to  begin   an  online  search.  In  HTML,  keywords  appear  in  the  meta  tags  for  a  Web  page,  where   they  help  search  engines  readily  identify  and  better  index  the  Web  site.     Kitten   -­‐  The  nickname  for  a  woman  is  more  than  10  years  younger  than  her  man.  Whether   she  is  dating  him,  in  a  relationship,  or  married,  a  kitten  is  interested  primarily  in  the   emotional  security,  status  and  power  that  goes  along  with  being  with  an  older  man.   Unlike  a  trophy  bride  who  is  considered  beautiful  only  on  the  exterior  and   interested  primarily  in  financial  security,  a  kitten  is  considered  smart  and   independent  in  her  own  right  and  is  interested  in  the  security  a  father  figure   provides.  Not  to  be  confused  with  a  cougar  or  a  puma.                    


L

 

  Laptop   a.k.a.  notebook  computer   -­‐  A  portable  computer  that  is  smaller  than  a  desktop  computer.  It  weighs  less  and  is   easier  to  carry  around,  you  can  work  on  it  on  your  lap.     Legacy   -­‐  Computers  haven't  been  around  all  that  long,  but  they've  already  left  a  legacy  -­‐  and   for  most  companies  it's  a  nightmare.  As  companies  move  to  more  modern  and   sophisticated  computer  systems,  they  have  to  find  a  way  to  integrate  their  old  or   "legacy"  systems  into  the  new  system.  That's  not  always  easy.  The  old  systems  often   were  written  specifically  for  the  functions  they  performed.  Data  can't  always  be   transferred.  In  some  cases,  the  old  systems  have  to  be  kept  running  and  the  new   systems  are  rigged  to  pull  data  from  the  older  system  as  necessary.     Like   -­‐  An  overused  filler  word  said  by  many  young  Americans.  Actually,  it  seems  to  have   entered  practically  everyone's  vocabulary.                                  


M

 

  Mailbox   -­‐  The  directory  where  your  host  computer  stores  your  e-­‐mail  messages.  With  some   systems,  you  can  elect  to  either  keep  saved  messages  on  the  server  or  on  your  local   computer.     Meltdown   a.k.a.  a  network  meltdown   -­‐  Taking  its  name  from  the  catastrophic  failure  of  a  nuclear  reactor,  it  is  an  event   that  causes  the  shutdown  of  a  network.  It  usually  results  from  illegal  or  misrouted   packets  that  force  multiple  hosts  to  respond  at  once,  thereby  shutting  it  down.  A   meltdown  typically  lasts  only  a  short  time.  It  is  the  network  equivalent  of   "thrashing"  (as  in  "to  tear  up  a  room")  and  may  be  induced  by  a  Chernobyl  packet.        


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