September 01, 2009export - Word of the Day Technical
To format data so that it can be read and used by another application, thereby allowing multiple programs to share the same data. Data can be exported and imported between word processing programs, different types of graphics programs, or different types of applications altogether (such as a database program and a spreadsheet program). The export feature is under the File menu in most programs; go to it from within the program you want to export out of and you'll find a list of supported programs or file formats for exporting.mud shot - Word of the Day Jargon
The immediate and unexpected free-fall of a much-hyped IPO.social notworking - Word of the Day Jargon
The practice of spending time unproductively on social networking sites, especially when one should be working.
September 02, 2009private key encryption - Word of the Day Technicalhat color - Word of the Day Business
A term that describes a company's position toward spam. Think John Wayne. White hats are the good guys; black hats are the spammers.circling the drain - Word of the Day Jargon
Medical slang for a patient near death who refuses to give up the ghost. In office speak, this expression is generally used to describe projects that have no more life in them but refuse to die. For example, "That disk conversion project has been circling the drain for years."
September 03, 2009T-1 - Word of the Day Technical
A leased line connection capable of carrying data at a very high speed (as in 1,544,000 bps or 1.544 Mbps). At maximum theoretical capacity, a T1 line could move a megabyte in less than 10 seconds but that is still not enough bandwidth for full-screen, full-motion video (for which you need at least 10,000,000 bps).nar - Word of the Day Jargon
According to netizen D.H. Bianchi, this term refers to several things:
(2) grating, out-of-tune music;
(3) bad vibes or bad blood between two or more people, or between a person and some aspect of western civilization;
(4) ill feelings stemming from a small incident or misunderstanding (for example, "It turned out the nar was caused by something I said that I meant to be funny but she took seriously");
(5) ensuing trouble created when one doesn't resolve conflicts or when one tries to restrain his true feelings (for example, "He didn't want to rock the boat, so he kept quiet; but in the long run, keeping quiet created worse nar than anything he might've said");
(6) a disturbing atmosphere that appears after an event or encounter (frequently in distinct contrast to what one feels during the occurrence) or something that goes unnoticed at the time but comes to dominate in the end (for the worst);
(7) mysterious energy that produces "that sinking feeling" for no apparent reason (like when someone tells you to "try again").
September 04, 2009autoresponder - Word of the Day Technical
The combining of different media from a variety of sources (type, computer graphics, scanned images, animation, video). Similar to multimedia, but more often used to describe a collage or kitchen-sink approach. Can also refer to static images that have these combined elements.
September 05, 2009fixed wireless - Word of the Day Technical
A network service in which wireless devices or systems are situated in fixed, stationary locations (such as an office or home) and data is transmitted via large antennas (as opposed to wireless mobile devices, such as cell phones or PDAs). Fixed wireless devices normally derive their electrical power from utility mains, as opposed to portable wireless devices, which derive their power from batteries. The biggest advantages of fixed wireless networks include the fastest data throughput (up to T1 speed) and the ability to connect users in remote areas without laying new cable (because the technology uses satellites).HAR - Acronym of the Day
Hit And Run
September 06, 2009initialization string - Word of the Day Technical
A string of characters that sets a modem into action, usually starting with "AT," for "attention." You must configure the initialization string on old computers for Internet access (on modern computers, a wizard usually guides you through this process). These strings vary according to type of computer and type of modem, so read the manual (RTM) and follow the wizard before you call the computer company's tech support people.balkanized - Word of the Day Jargon
A term used to describe the division of the Internet and its portrayal as having a tiered access system. There are numerous ways to gain access to the Internet, depending on how much you want to spend, and the speed of connection you desire. For example, there is dial-up, DSL, satellite, Wi-Fi, and cable. In other words, "balkanized" refers to the circumstance where the cost you can afford is equal to the quality of service you will receive, and there is a great range (or tier) of services available.backbone provider - Word of the Day Business
September 07, 2009forward slash - Word of the Day Technical
The forward slash is the name of the "/" character on the computer keyboard. On a QWERTY keyboard, it is commonly located below the "?" mark on the same key. Forward slashes are used to describe a network address, a URL, and other kinds of Internet addresses. For example, when relaying the URL of NetLingo, you will hear "http colon slash slash dub-dub-dub dot netlingo dot com" which translates to "http://www.netlingo.com".
For a listing of computer keyboard key explanations, click on the "more info" button below!ad click rate - Word of the Day Business
Sometimes referred to as click-through, the "ad click rate" is the percentage of ad views that resulted in an ad click.permalancer - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a permanent freelancer. A person hired as an independent contractor (or consultant) on a per-project basis who lives a benefits-free existence (or pays for them herself through her own company ;-)
September 08, 2009freeze - Word of the Day Technical
When your computer (or a network) suddenly stops working, it is said to have "frozen up" (meaning that nothing will move). In most cases, to get the thing started again, you have to reboot. Freeze also means to stop the development of something (usually software) when the developer feels it's "stable enough" for release.tofu - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a product that was made too general in use or appearance, meaning it does not have any special features.collaborative partnership - Word of the Day Business
A partnership between two or more people that gives structure and organization for planning, thinking, and working together to accomplish a common goal. The only question that remains is, 'what partnership isn't considered collaborative'?
September 09, 2009hacker jargon - Word of the Day Jargon
Jargon used expressively by hackers. The best source of "hacker jargon" is Eric Raymond's The New Hacker's Dictionary.kilo- - Word of the Day Technical
Prefix to denote one thousand, as in kilobyte.offsite storage - Word of the Day Business
An online service that allows individuals and companies to lease computer storage space for electronic documents. It's "offsite" in that the files are on the provider's storage network rather than on a company's system. For a monthly fee, you can store and access files via the Internet, 24/7, from any computer connected to the Net. (Some storage providers will also run automatic backup services, which can eliminate the need for in-house backups.) The downfall is that you are sending important documents over the Internet and putting them under the control of a third party; for many companies, that raises too many security issues.
September 10, 2009PDF - Word of the Day Technical
The file format for documents viewed and created by Adobe Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Capture, Adobe Distiller, Adobe Exchange, and the Adobe Acrobat Amber plugin. This technology has succeeded in standardizing the format of documents used and transferred on the Internet. One of the benefits of using Acrobat and PDFs is that it doesn't matter whether you're a corporate guy using Microsoft Office products, an engineer using a CAD program, or an art director using desktop publishing software-you can quickly deliver business documents to a colleague or to the entire company without having to recreate them in other applications.
PDF has revolutionized the printing industry to the degree that it is considered good business for publishers of books to offer a "hard copy version" and a "PDF version." You will often see graphical buttons on the Web that say "Download the PDF version," so go ahead and try it.
PDF is also seen and heard as "PDF format" (this is redundant, but widely used).B2E (Business-to-Employee) - Word of the Day Business
An acronym for a portal that serves as a centralized starting point for everyone within a company or organization. B2E uses the Web to centralize a wide range of applications, services, content, and tools, and it allows employees to personalize these offerings in ways that make sense to them. Unlike an intranet, which is usually based on a top-down view of what's happening in the organization, a B2E interface can be customized by the employees, based on the services they use. That way, it can become the primary vehicle by which people do their work. Corporations may develop their own B2Es or may rely on one of the many B2E portal developers.block - Word of the Day Jargon
September 11, 2009context sensitive menu - Word of the Day Jargonsubscribe - Word of the Day Businessnine-to-five code - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for plain, ordinary software with no real innovation. It just gets the job done.TTBOMK - Acronym of the Day
To The Best Of My Knowledge
September 12, 2009cross-platform - Word of the Day Technical
The ability of a program to run on more than one computer operating system, such as Mac, Windows, or Linux. It's also the ability of a file or Web page to be accurately viewed on a variety of computer operating systems. Before the Internet became so commercially popular, many programs or files were not compatible with other operating systems (and you couldn't share work with anyone unless they were on the same system). But because the Internet is such an open standard for communication, programs had to become cross-platform so we could all view each other's information. This term is also used to describe people who know both Mac and Windows (and/or Linux or other operating systems). You'll hear it used like this: "I'm cross-platform. I know both Mac and PC."ontology - Word of the Day Business
Traditionally, this is the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being. Ontology is now also used among artificial intelligence systems to support the sharing and reuse of formally represented knowledge. It helps define the common vocabulary in which shared knowledge is represented.fine business - Word of the Day Jargon
Seen on blogs, this is amateur radio slang used to fill dead air space when you need to say something but can't think of anything to say. It replaces "um" or "ah" in normal conversation.
September 13, 2009editor - Word of the Day Technicalstory - Word of the Day Jargon
Believe it or not, there was a time when Internet investment money went to the person who could tell the best tale. The word "story" was actually replacing the term "business plan" (as if numerical reality were being supplanted by art). Here's one example, "The investor who led the mezzanine round said that the CEO's ability to pitch himself and his company was mission critical, and since the suit could tell a good story, the investor wasn't concerned about getting the next round of financing."RUOK - Acronym of the Day
Are You OK?
September 14, 2009alt text - Word of the Day Technical
The text you sometimes see before an image appears on a Web page (or before an image is fully loaded). With some Web browsers, it is the text that appears when you put your mouse on top of an image or a picture. Basically, it is a word or phrase in the HTML code that describes the image or says something like, "Visit our sponsor."burn rate - Word of the Day Business
In general terms, it is the rate at which a company expends cash over a certain period, usually a month. Specifically it is the pace at which a start-up spends its VC money while waiting to turn a profit. For example, IPOs are fueled by financial projections, and analysts like to bet on companies that promise to show profit long before they burn out.identity crash - Word of the Day Jargon
A sudden and catastrophic collapse of an individual's ability to keep all the profiles of his or her online identity straight when the individual joins one too many social networks. For example, "I was OK keeping up with Facebook, Flickr, and Myspace, but after throwing lawlink, Last.fm, and Orkut into the mix, I had a total identity crash and forgot what went where."
September 15, 2009CPU - Word of the Day Technical
The most powerful microprocessor chip in your computer is the CPU. For example, the Intel Pentium and the Motorola 68040 chips handle the central management functions of a high-powered PC or Mac, respectively. Sometimes, the term CPU is used to describe the whole box, including the chip, the motherboard, the expansion cards, the disk drives, the power supply, and so on. Both uses are widespread, but only the first is really accurate.BHOF - Acronym of the Day
Bald Headed Old Farthouse ad - Word of the Day Jargon
A self-promotional online ad that a company will run on their own Web site if they need to use unsold advertising inventory.stalker site - Word of the Day Jargon
A Web site created by an obviously obsessed fan. "Have you seen that Gillian Anderson stalker site? The guy's got like 300 pictures of her!"
September 16, 2009Not Found 404 - Word of the Day Jargon
An error message that means the requested URL was not found on a particular server. This in turn means the Web page has either moved to a new address or is no longer being maintained online. It's also possible that you typed the address incorrectly or were given an incorrect address to begin with. If you click on an intriguing link listed by a search engine but get this message instead, you may still be able to figure out where the page moved. First, try putting your cursor at the end of the address in the URL box and backspace until you get to the root address (just after the .com or .net, for example). Then try finding it from the Web page at the root address.
Inspired by this error message, the term "404" is sometimes used for someone who's absolutely clueless, as in, "There's no use asking him; he's 404, dude."best practices - Word of the Day Business
A business management term for optimal tactics and strategies. Best practices do not guarantee success; rather, they describe those tactics and strategies used in successful companies.LCD - Word of the Day Technical
September 17, 2009portal - Word of the Day Jargon
A Web site that serves as a starting point to other destinations or activities on the Web. Initially thought of as a home base with links to other sites in the same subject area, portals now attempt to provide all of a user's Internet needs, in one location. Pioneered by Yahoo!, portals aggregate other people's content. MSN and AOL are also popular Web portals.
For example, portals commonly provide services such as e-mail, online chat rooms, games, shopping, searching, content, newsfeeds, travel information, stock quotes, horoscopes, weather, and so on. Portals grew out of the technology inherent with the Internet and are an excellent example of how to take advantage of "user loyalty" via sticky content.
Additional definitions include these: A personal portal is a site on the Web that typically provides personalized capabilities to its visitors, providing a pathway to other content (such as Invesor's Business Daily). It is designed to use distributed applications, different numbers and types of middleware and hardware to provide services from a number of different sources. Business portals are designed to share collaboration in workplaces (for example SharePoint). A business-driven requirement of portals is that the content be able to work on multiple platforms such as personal computers, PDAs, and cell phones.application - Word of the Day Technical
Used interchangeably with program and software, this is a general term for a program that performs specific tasks, such as word processing, database management, e-mail sending or retrieval, or Web browsing. Unlike system software, which maintains and organizes the computer system (such as the operating system), an app is an end-user program.nth - Acronym of the Day
September 18, 2009hyperstitial - Word of the Day Business
An online ad that allows advertisers to present full-screen ads during the time it takes a Web page to download. Viewers must manually close the additional browser window that loads the hyperstitial ad, and this makes it more difficult to ignore than the common ad banner. The difference between this ad and a regular interstitial is the size; hyperstitials are full-screen sized, interstitials are smaller.Web head - Word of the Day Jargon
Someone who knows everything there is to know about the World Wide Web and loves everything about it.digital SLR - Word of the Day Technical
A camera design that allows the user to view directly through the lens for more accurate framing and composition. The design also makes it easy to change lenses if you want to use a specialty lens. These specialty lenses are larger so the overall cameras tend to be heavier. These digital cameras are more expensive and as an added benefit, they typically do not have a long lag time between shots.
September 19, 2009forced coolness - Word of the Day Business
An artificial image that a company tries to convey in an attempt to appeal to the younger generation when in fact, the company is not really cool at all. For example, "The interview was fine, but there is definitely an element of forced coolness over there."lumpy - Word of the Day JargonYGLT - Acronym of the Day
You're Gonna Love This
September 20, 2009Graffiti - Word of the Day Technical
Handwriting recognition software used in popular PDAs. Graffiti even recognizes symbols that aren't necessarily letters. Created by Jeff Hawkins in 1994, it gives users greater speed in recording information. This stylized way of writing recognizable letters, numbers, and symbols is also referred to as graffiti.technopuppet - Word of the Day Business
A way of producing digital entertainment by using computer technology to create life-sized puppets, of Winnie the Pooh, for example. Technopuppets are a step beyond 3-D animation. The technology involves chroma-keying (a technology often used in weather forecasts, sportscasts, and game shows), where the computer isolates all things green and only displays the puppet characters; the characters are then superimposed upon virtual sets and manipulated by special effects experts to create the final product. It is based on a 300-year-old Japanese stagecraft called bunraku and is also referred to as "reality animation" programming.domainism - Word of the Day Jargon
September 21, 2009Webisode - Word of the Day Business
An entertainment show created and produced for the Web, it can range from short cartoons to soap operas to feature-length movies. Basically a "Webisode" is a short audio or video presentation on the Web primarily used by online marketers to promote a product, preview music, deliver news, or to promote an offline event. FYI: Flash animation is often used for Webisodes.internesia - Word of the Day Jargon
The inability to remember which Web site a piece of information came from or which bookmark might get you back there.
September 22, 2009PQA - Word of the Day Technical
A stripped-down version of a Web site, intended to be viewed on the wireless Palm VII.onboarding - Word of the Day Business
The practice of assigning a "buddy" to a new employee once he or she is hired, it is considered the modern version of a "welcome wagon." Bosses who favor this trend say a well-planned company introduction helps new recruits ramp up more quickly and also serves as a crash course in company culture.guvment - Acronym of the Day
government, also seen as guvmint, gumint
September 23, 2009TSR - Acronym of the Day
Totally Stuck in RAM -or- Totally Stupid Rulesaccess devices - Word of the Day Technicalclickprint - Word of the Day Business
A term that refers to the Web surfing characteristics of a given person. Based on the number of page views, time spent on each Web page, or the time of day or week a Web page is viewed, an Internet user can be distinguished from other users. The ability to identify one user from another based on their "clickprint" pattern has a significant impact in preventing fraud. For example, if someone has signed in with someone else's credentials, but their clickprint was different, this could indicate their ID has been stolen.
Studies have shown that by monitoring just seven Internet sessions, a user can be distinguished by their unique Web surfing patterns. From these seven sessions, researchers can accurately identify users by their clickprint 86 percent of the time. When researchers increase the number of sessions to 51, they were able to identify users by their clickprint 99 percent of the time. While controversy exists on whether this data collection method invades users' privacy, Amazon.com (as well as numerous credit card companies) track users' every move online with clickprints.<wink> - Word of the Day Jargon
Online jargon used primarily in chat, IM, e-mail, blogs, or newsgroup postings, the brackets signify emotion from the person writing it. For example: We've moved beyond buddies, now we're friends with benefits
September 24, 2009ramp rate - Word of the Day Business
How quickly a business can expand. The ramp rate is a growth trajectory in terms of sales, profits, or margins.
September 25, 2009deploy - Word of the Day Business
A buzzword that means to use for an intended purpose or desired end.technology - Word of the Day Technical
The application of science in industry or commerce, it considered by many to be "the great equalizer."POMS - Acronym of the Day
Parent Over My Shoulder
September 26, 2009handshake - Word of the Day Jargonvendor release - Word of the Day Business
A company's attempt to throw out as many press releases as possible to make it appear that they have a partnership with the big boys. All too often, though, a vendor release will have a headline such as, "XYZ Company & GE Corporation Sign Deal," when in fact it is just announcing that General Electric will supply coffee machines for XYZ's kitchen.gang FAQ - Word of the Day Jargon
When a group e-mails a FAQ to an individual who has asked a particularly stupid or old question on a newsgroup. Differs from a mail bomb in that each person sends only one copy, but numerous members of the newsgroup participate.
September 27, 2009virtual hosting - Word of the Day Technical
Virtual hosting is affordable for individual people's Web sites (vanity pages) and small businesses because this technology allows many sites to share the same server (there could be hundreds or thousands of them). The important thing is that no one else has access to your directories. However, unlike dedicated hosting, virtual hosting tends to have more traffic (from the co-located sites) and therefore less bandwidth per site and slower downloads.beepilepsy - Word of the Day Jargon
The brief seizure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.DWPKOTL - Acronym of the Day
Deep Wet Passionate Kiss On The Lips
September 28, 2009source code - Word of the Day Technical
To display, present, or post some type of written, auditory, or visual media on the World Wide Web, with the intent of making it available entirely or in part to all users or just certain users. This is "publishing without paper," and most newspapers and magazines now e-publish an electronic version of their publication on the Web. Access to these e-journals or e-zines is usually free if you register, or in some cases, there is a subscription price. A widely held thought is that any time you put up a Web page of your own, even if it is a simple homepage or vanity page, for personal reasons, you are actually publishing electronic content. Online publishing is easier and cheaper than traditional print publishing, and better yet, your content is available to almost anyone in the world for practically free. It took a little time for print publishers to understand the online arena, but now that they do, e-publishing is considered the future of that industry as well. The production, distribution, and sale of books via the Internet as print-on-demand (POD) paperbacks or downloadable files are especially promising.UPC - Word of the Day Business
The bar code printed on retail merchandise, it contains the vendor's identification number and the product number.DYHAB - Acronym of the Day
Do You Have A Boyfriend?
September 29, 2009search tree - Word of the Day Technical
Another name for a search directory.visitor - Word of the Day Jargon
see: userE2HO - Acronym of the Day
Each to His/Her Own
September 30, 2009consumer profiling - Word of the Day Jargon
The process of assembling a comprehensive database on consumer shopping habits and product preferences. Data is typically captured from online and offline transactions (including cookies and credit cards). Consumer profiling enables targeted marketing.wired community - Word of the Day Technical
Some will call it a modern Utopia, others the total invasion of privacy. Here's an example of how a wired community works:
Fiber-optic cable runs under the street and into your house, and the Internet is always-on, at speeds that are 100 times faster than a 56K modem. The same wires also deliver cheap phone service (POTS) with video capability, plus hundreds of digital cable channels and HDTV signals. The network within your home allows you to monitor systems such as your burglar alarm and air conditioning from any computer in the world (including the one in your car). Meanwhile, you can also login to your office from your living room or have a casual conversation with your neighbor via the Net. With everyone's e-mail address listed on the community intranet, you can plan parties via e-mail or peruse the local BBS to find a babysitter. handheld and auto-based computers will offer access to GPS technology that allows you to track the location, say, of the public bus or to get directions and traffic reports on your way to wherever. Concerned mothers can check the cam in the local day-care center, and since local stores and commercial outlets such as the bank operate online, you can order dinner, a dry-cleaning pickup, and even home-delivery of your groceries. The local hospital and school are also on the network, which means you can check in remotely with doctors and teachers as they access the latest in long-distance learning and telemedicine.
It may sound a bit far-fetched but in fact, it's here.martian packet - Word of the Day Jargon
A term for the strange fragments of e-mail that unexpectedly turn up on the wrong computer network because of bogus routing. It is also used as a name for a data packet that has a non-registered or ill-formed Internet address.