July 01, 2010bunny suit - Word of the Day Jargon
The name of the space-looking outfit on display at the Intel booth often seen at trade shows and in advertising.outsource - Word of the Day Jargon
To hire an independent contractor or consultant, from outside of the company, to perform a particular task or project (instead of using internal personnel).virtual keyboard - Word of the Day Technical
In an effort to reduce excessive thumb-typing (resulting in Blackberry thumb), hardware designers are thinking outside of the PDA and creating "virtual keyboards". The key component is an imaging chip which stares at your fingers; when you tap the keyboard image projected on the surface below, the chip records a keystroke.
July 02, 2010charlie - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a venture capitalist, it is derived from the term American soldiers used for the Viet Cong (VC) during the Vietnam War.EULA - Word of the Day Jargon
An acronym used in the software industry, you will see this term when you are installing new software and you must click on a radio button to "agree" or "disagree" with a program's legal notice. Turns out that if you click "disagree" the program usually will not install itself (so most people don't even read the EULA, they just click "agree"). We recommend reading the EULA over before you agree because some of these licensing agreements now contain important information about privacy and how the company uses your data.
Click on "more info" below!book - Acronym of the Day
it means cool
July 03, 2010SFAIAA - Acronym of the Day
So Far As I Am Awareburn - Word of the Day Technical
Quite simply it is the act of copying data onto a CD-ROM. Most computers have a CD burner (also known as a CD-R drive) which allows you to "write" (or copy files) to a CD-ROM (commonly referred to only as a "CD"). It's easy to "burn a CD." You can copy a variety of files including audio, video, and data to for your later use and/or listening pleasure.
Click on "more info" for a list of file extensions!cloud capitalist - Word of the Day Business
A term for new media moguls who seek to make money by creating and managing clouds for us, "cloud capitalists" include Facebook, Apple, Google, and Twitter.
Historical perspective: According to Charles Leadbeater of the Edge, as of early 2010 these cloud capitalists are the new powers behind global cultural relations. "Their rise has sparked an increasingly vicious civil war with the media old guard led by Rupert Murdoch. This battle between old and new media powers however has distracted attention from the question of how these companies will organise cloud culture on our behalf. Elements of their business models resemble traditional public services: Google's work with a consortium of libraries around the world to digitise books that are out of copyright; ITunes U provides thousands of models of course material for free. However these companies are also businesses: they will want to organise the cloud to make money. By the end of the decade Google will have unprecedented control over literary culture, past, present and future. Leave aside issues of trust, privacy and security, commercial providers of cloud services will have strong incentives to manage their users to maximise revenues and so to discourage them from roaming from one service to another."
July 04, 2010clickstreams - Word of the Day Business
The paths a user takes as he or she navigates a Web page or cyberspace in general, it is the sequence of mouse clicks made by a user. Advertisers and online marketers have developed software that can track users' clickstreams. That way, they can deliver targeted ad banners based on what the user has clicked on in the past (presumably, this corresponds to the user's interests).GLYASDI - Acronym of the Day
God Loves You And So Do I
July 05, 2010downlink - Word of the Day Jargon
Once a signal has been sent to a satellite (an uplink), the information is then broadcast back down (or "downlinked").NNR - Acronym of the Day
Need Not Respond
July 06, 2010point-and-find - Word of the Day Technical
A cell phone-based technology that enables shoppers to buy an item by simply taking a picture of it. Once the photo is snapped, the service finds the same product online. Developed by Nokia, it is basically pointing your phone at real life objects and finding relevant information and services.
It means shoppers won't have to hassle with waiting in lines or even searching for desired goods online. It can also be used in other situations, such as tourist searches for landmarks. Way cool... MTF!
July 07, 2010remote - Word of the Day Jargon
A computer that is operated or controlled from a distance.ETA - Acronym of the Day
Estimated Time of Arrival -or- Edited To Add
July 08, 2010certificate authority - Word of the Day Business
One of several safeguards for secure e-commerce and overall data transfer, a certificate authority is a third-party organization that creates digital certificates for a public key infrastructure (PKI). The certificate authority guarantees a user's identity and issues public and private "keys" for message encryption and decryption (coding and decoding). Essentially, the certificate authority guarantees that a user is the person he or she claims to be, and conversely, that the provider of the information is who the user believes he or she is accessing.PMP - Acronym of the Day
Peeing My Pants
July 09, 2010singing daisy - Word of the Day Jargon
The final action of a computer-especially a mainframe-before it is shut down or "brought down" for good. The term comes from the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when HAL sings the song "Daisy" as it is being shut down.
This phrase has morphed and also refers to the end of an event, or project, or an era, such as "It's time to sing daisy and get ready for a Happy New Year!"ATAB - Acronym of the Day
Ain't That A Bitch
July 10, 2010configuration - Word of the Day Technical
A general-purpose computer term that refers to the way your computer's operating system is set up. It can also refer to the total combination of hardware components -- central processing unit (CPU), video display device, keyboard and peripheral devices -- that make up the computer system.
The configuration is also at work in the software settings that allow various hardware components of a computer system to communicate with one another. A vanilla configuration means the standard "clean" and "no frills" version of a computer's configuration (no device drivers or extra settings). This is what a technician might set a system to when trying to troubleshoot a problem with a computer's hardware.little r - Word of the Day Jargon
If you ever receive an e-mail message that says "can you please little "r" me?" it means to reply just to that person (and not to everyone that's cc'd on the list). Most commonly used at work where a bunch of people are included on an e-mail thread, this directive means to click the "Reply" option, not the "Reply to All" option.C/S - Acronym of the Day
Change of Subject
July 11, 2010data warehousing - Word of the Day Technical
A generic term for a system that stores, retrieves, and manages large amounts of data. Data warehouse software often includes sophisticated compression and hashing techniques for fast searches, as well as advanced filtering. Planners and researchers can use this database freely without worrying about slowing down the day-to-day operations of the production database, for example.reach - Word of the Day Jargonblogosphere - Word of the Day Jargon
The shared intellectual space inhabited by bloggers (people who blog). It is actually more than the space, it is the community of bloggers itself and their collective voice. Blogs are increasing in popularity as a way for people to self-publish their insights on the Web and because of the free nature of this expression, they are transforming the way people and journalists work together to report, filter and break the news. One example of its usage is, "Reaction was swift in the blogosphere."
Because the term combines blog and biosphere, "blogosphere" captures the essense of Web logs as part of the media ecosystem. A second example of its usage is, "I've seen that link bouncing around the blogosphere lately." And a third usage example is, "It's hard to imagine working mothers making time to surf the blogosphere after work."
FYI: As of April 2006, the blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months and is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years prior. On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day, and the popular blog "Technorati" tracks about 1.2 million new blog posts each day (that's about 50,000 per hour).L?^ - Acronym of the Day
Let's hook up
July 13, 2010bloatware - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a software version that has so many extra features, it takes up a large amount of space on your hard drive and slows down your computer system for no valuable reason. Sarcastic users will refer to the third release of a company's flagship product as bloatware.BHG - Acronym of the Day
Big Hearted Guy -or- Big Hearted Girl
July 14, 2010Internaut - Word of the Day Jargondot-com - Word of the Day Jargon
Based on the suffix .com, this refers to a company in the industry (with a .com Web site) whose primary focus is on the financial aspects of taking the company public (versus addressing any real market need or establishing a successful, long-term business model). Activities such as IPOs and grabbing market share (by getting first-to-market) became mantras for many dot-com execs, ultimately leading to their downfall (see: new economy). While hundreds of dot-com companies are succeeding, it seems that since the dot-com shakeout, the phrase "dot-com" is used more often for the firms that ended up in the dot-com deadpool.
An example of its usage goes like this: "He met with plenty of young American dot-com executives overseas, and they simply weren't prepared to do international business. They were just hemming and hawing, trying to convince everyone else they'd succeed."MF - Acronym of the Day
July 15, 2010DAMHIKT - Acronym of the Day
Don't Ask Me How I Know That
July 16, 2010WTTM - Acronym of the Day
Without Thinking Too Much
July 17, 2010load - Word of the Day Jargon
In traditional computing jargon, a "load" is when program instructions (or data) are transferred from a disk into the computer's RAM.CRBT - Acronym of the Day
Crying Real Big Tearsday 2 project - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a task that ranks low on the priority list, and perhaps takes the back burner to other items at hand. For example, "Don't worry about getting to that task today, that's a day 2 project."
July 18, 2010desktop - Word of the Day TechnicalSTPPYNOZGTW - Acronym of the Day
Stop Picking Your Nose, Get To Work
July 19, 2010YNK - Acronym of the Day
You Never Know
July 20, 2010e-journal - Word of the Day Jargon
An electronic publication, it's similar to an e-zine but is typically found in academic circles. It is regularly published electronically, either solely or in addition to a printed version.on task - Word of the Day Business
At work, it refers to doing what you're supposed to be doing, or rather, working exclusively on a necessary task. Another word for "focused," it used to be that in school, you'd get whacked on the knuckles any time you weren't "on task."
July 21, 2010online auction - Word of the Day Jargon
Similar to a real-life auction in which property or merchandise are sold to the highest bidder, an online auction takes place via a Web site, usually offering items for sale by the individual who owns them (C2C). For example, eBay is a popular auction site whose mission is to help anyone trade practically anything on earth. There are hundreds of online auction sites that on any given day list millions of items across thousands of categories, such as collectibles, jewelry, musical instruments, cameras, computers, furniture, sporting goods, tickets, and even automobiles and boats. There are also B2B auctions, B2C auctions, C2C auctions, and reverse auctions.TGIF - Acronym of the Day
Thank God It's Friday
July 22, 2010pop-up blocker - Word of the Day Technical
A software program or tool that enables you to block or prevent pop-up ads from appearing on your computer screen.
See the spyware definition for download resources!ab/abt - Acronym of the Day
July 23, 2010NSA line eater - Word of the Day JargonHTML e-mail - Word of the Day Technical
E-mail that is formatted using HTML, as opposed to plain text, so that graphics and links appear in the e-mail body. In order to see the format and images correctly, both the sender and the recipient must have an e-mail program that supports HTML e-mail (most e-mail programs do; otherwise, the message will have broken links or broken graphics).SFETE - Acronym of the Day
Smiling From Ear To EarChief Knowledge Officer - Word of the Day Business
The CKO is responsible for building and managing a company's internal knowledge management efforts - a system that organizes vital information from documents, databases, and people in a reusable and searchable body of institutional knowledge.
Sample salary: $100,000-$500,000.
July 24, 2010parallel port - Word of the Day Jargon
A computer interface outlet (or plug) used to connect an external device, such as a printer (a peripheral). Most personal computers have a parallel port and at least one serial port. On PCs, the parallel port uses a 25-pin connector (type DB-25) and provides relatively high bandwidth to printers, computers, and other devices.
July 25, 2010mouse - Word of the Day Technical
A device connected to your computer, used to reposition the cursor or move the pointer on your screen. It is equipped with control buttons, and you move it around on your mouse pad, next to your keyboard. With a mouse, you can highlight text, open menu items, or launch programs, for example.
A wooden prototype of the computer mouse was created by Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute in 1963. The first commercially available mouse was made for the IBM-PC in 1982 by Mouse Systems. Mice are now available in serial and bus versions, and there is a wide range of styles and colors to choose from.FMTYEWTK - Acronym of the Day
Far More Than You Ever Wanted To Know
July 26, 2010SQL server - Word of the Day Technical
A relational database management system (RDBMS), the SQL server was designed for client/server use and is accessed by applications using SQL. It runs on OS/2, Windows NT, NetWare servers, VAXen, and Unix workstations. Generically, it is any database management system (DBMS) that can respond to queries from client machines formatted in the SQL language. The term refers to either of two database management products from Sybase and Microsoft. Both companies offer client/server DBMS products called SQL Server.exit strategy - Word of the Day Business
A company's plan for cashing out of a venture. The two most common exit strategies in the industry are acquisition by a larger player or an IPO. Never before, it seems, has an exit strategy been so important.EZ - Acronym of the Day
Easynetroots - Word of the Day Jargon
A play on the term grassroots, "netroots" refers to political parties using blogs to connect with the people. It is used in a couple of different ways, for example:
- "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were praised for reading blogs and being ready to work with the netroots."
- "You can hear the netroots screaming."
July 27, 2010ROE - Word of the Day Jargon
A business measurement calculated by taking a year's worth of earnings and dividing it by the average shareholder's equity for that year. To calculate ROE, the earnings can be (1) taken directly from the Consolidated Statement of Earnings in the company's last annual filing with the SEC, (2) taken as the sum of the last four quarters' worth of earnings, (3) figured using the average of the last five or ten years' earnings, or (4) annualized, based on the last quarter's results.AS - Acronym of the Day
Ape Sh** -or- Another Subjecttweetup - Word of the Day Jargon
A meetup (organized or impromptu gathering) of people that use Twitter.
July 28, 2010RYO - Acronym of the Day
Roll Your Own
July 29, 2010value-subtracted reseller - Word of the Day Jargon
A company that buys components from other companies and puts them together in a system that's less than the sum of its parts. Opposite of value-added reseller (VAR).
July 30, 2010brain drain - Word of the Day Jargon
The loss of human resources, especially of knowledge workers. For example, when someone leaves a third-world country, moves to America for training and education, but then does not move back to his or her home country to share the knowledge, the country suffers a brain drain. This can also happen within a company.e-mail forwarding - Word of the Day Technical
The process of redirecting your incoming mail to a different mailbox. For example, if you have a number of e-mail addresses, you can have them forwarded to a single mailbox. This makes it easier to retrieve and manage your messages.GC - Acronym of the Day
July 31, 2010WYT - Acronym of the Day
Whatever You Thinktwo-tier client/server - Word of the Day Technical
A two-way interaction in a client/server environment, in which the user interface is stored in the client and the data is stored in the server. The application logic can be in either the client or the server.architect - Word of the Day Business
A tarnished use of a noun in the "computer architecture" world. "Give us the guidelines and expectations you have for your system and we'll architect it for you." Perhaps a more common or logical alternative to this term would be "design". See: information architect