November 01, 2010WTN - Acronym of the Day
What Then Now? -or- Who Then Now?Engrish - Word of the Day Jargon
The term "Engrish" refers to the humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design. While Engrish can be found all over the world, the vast majority of really funny and creative Engrish comes from Japan.
It's important to note that most Engrish is not an attempt to communicate, but rather it is English used as a design element in Japanese products and advertising in order to "look cool." There is often no attempt to try and get it right (nor do the vast majority of the Japanese population even care). As a result there is less emphasis on spell checking and grammatical accuracy, and in fact, the same can be said for the addition of Japanese or Chinese characters to hats, shirts and tattoos found in the U.S. or Europe.
Historical perspective: You think Engrish is bad? The European Commission announced an agreement in 2010 whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w"with "v". During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas. If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl!3-D - Word of the Day Technical
Generally speaking, 3-D is anything appearing to have depth or thickness in addition to height and width. As a noun, 3-D refers to a system or effect that adds a three-dimensional appearance to visual images, as in films, slides, or drawings; as an adjective, it is producing or designed to produce an effect of three dimensions, such as "a 3-D movie." Online slang includes having a convincing or lifelike quality, as in "She and I totally connected dude, it was 3-D."
In terms of 3-D graphics, that refers to the field of computer graphics concerned with generating and displaying three-dimensional objects in a two-dimensional space (e.g., the display screen). Whereas pixels in a 2-dimensional graphic have the properties of position, color, and brightness, a 3-D pixels adds a depth property that indicates where the point lies on an imaginary Z-axis. When many 3-D pixels are combined, each with its own depth value, the result is a three-dimensional surface, called a texture. In addition to textures, 3-D graphics also supports multiple objects interacting with one another. For example, a solid object may partially hide an object behind it. Finally, sophisticated 3-D graphics use techniques such as ray tracing to apply realistic shadows to an image.
Converting information about 3-D objects into a bit map that can be displayed is known as rendering, and requires considerable memory and processing power. In the past, 3-D graphics was available only on powerful workstations, but now 3-D graphics accelerator are commonly found in personal computer. The graphics accelerator contains memory and a specialized microprocessor to handle many of the 3-D rendering operations.
In terms of 3-D audio, it is a technique for giving more depth to traditional stereo sound. Typically, 3-D sound, or 3-D audio, is produced by placing a device in a room with stereo speakers. The device dynamically analyzes the sound coming from the speakers and sends feedback to the sound system so that it can readjust the sound to give the impression that the speakers are further apart. 3-D audio devices are particularly popular for improving computer audio where the speakers tend to be small and close together. There are a number of 3-D audio devices that attach to a computer's sound card.
In terms of 3-D film, (also known as S3D ("Stereoscopic 3D") film, it is a motion picture that enhances the illusion of depth perception. Derived from stereoscopic photography, a special motion picture camera is used to record the images as seen from two perspectives (or computer-generated imagery generates the two perspectives), and special projection hardware and/or eyewear are used to provide the illusion of depth when viewing the film. 3-D films are not limited to feature film theatrical releases; television broadcasts and direct-to-video films have also incorporated similar methods, primarily for marketing purposes.
There is now a hardware device called a 3-D printer. 3-D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by successive layers of material. 3-D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. 3-D printers have become financially accessible to small- and medium-sized business, thereby taking prototyping out of the heavy industry and into the office environment. 3-D printers offer tremendous potential for production applications as well. The technology finds use in the jewelery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries.
The image is an example of real object replication by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing: the gargoyle model on the left was digitally acquired by using a 3D scanner and the produced 3D data was processed using MeshLab. The resulting digital 3D model, shown on the laptop's screen, was used by a rapid prototyping machine to create a real resin replica of the original object
November 02, 2010YGBK - Acronym of the Day
You Gotta Be Kiddingtriple-dub - Word of the Day Jargon
A shortened way of saying WWW, as in, "Check out this awesome Web site at triple-dub dot dreamspy dot com."stovepipe - Word of the Day Technical
November 03, 2010BD - Acronym of the Day
Big Deal -or- Baby Dance -or- Brain Drain
November 04, 2010NN - Acronym of the Day
Not Now -or- Needvidchat - Word of the Day Technical
In addition to communicating with other people F2F via a video chat room on your computer or iPhone or webcam, etc., many vidchat apps allow you to do many things including send files and record with your webcam. You can often send video to multiple people at once, share your documents or photos, and make phone calls to a mobile or landline.
Vidchat apps allow users to talk live, face-to-face, with other people. Known as real time chat, it can be fun for some but it also creates unintended consequences! Read my blog posting below about Chat Roulette and watch a Fox News video here).
November 05, 2010queer the deal - Word of the Day Jargon
To ruin a potential business deal or arrangement despite all favorable odds. For example, "They are a liberal company, so don't queer the deal by letting them know our conservative tactics."TABOOMA - Acronym of the Day
Take A Bite Out Of My Ass
November 06, 2010reciprocal link - Word of the Day Jargon
A link placed on your Web site to return the favor of having another site link to yours. In other words, you exchange outbound links for inbound links. It is a form of bartering with the intention that each Web site receives more exposure.
There are, however, some dangers associated with reciprocal linking to the degree that your site may not be ranked as popular and therefore not appear in higher up in organic search listings. For more information on that, visit the page rank and link farm definitions. To see an example of reciprocal linking, go to the NetLingo.com homepage and click on "Reciprocal Link Directory."DWI - Acronym of the Day
Driving While Intoxicated
November 07, 2010BIND - Word of the Day Jargon
A name server for the BSD operating system; a network service that enables clients to name resources or objects and share this information with other objects in the network. Put simply, it is a distributed database system for objects in a computer network. BIND is fully integrated into BSD network programs for use in storing and retrieving host names and DNS address. The system administrator can configure the system to use BIND as a replacement for the older host table lookup; the default configuration for BSD uses BIND.pink - Word of the Day Jargon
Anything spam related, as in "That subject header looks a little pink."every1 - Acronym of the Day
November 08, 2010second-level domain - Word of the Day Jargon
In the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy, it is the highest level underneath the top-level domains. It is that portion of the domain name that appears immediately to the left of the top-level domain, separated by a dot. For example, the "NetLingo" in www.netlingo.com is a second-level domain.w/r/t - Acronym of the Day
with regard to
November 09, 2010ICW - Acronym of the Day
I Can't Wait
November 10, 2010Mbps - Word of the Day Technical
A measure of the bandwidth of a telecommunications medium (the total information flow over a given time). Bandwidth is also measured in Kbps (kilobits or thousands of bits per second) or in Gbps (gigabits or billions of bits per second), depending on the medium and transmission method.ne-wayz - Acronym of the Day
November 11, 2010FTASB - Acronym of the Day
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
November 12, 2010CAAC - Acronym of the Day
Cool As A Cucumber1K buffer - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a particularly low capacity for learning and remembering new things, as in "He's got a 1K buffer when it comes to anything technical."
November 13, 2010new consumer paradigm - Word of the Day Jargon
Adspeak for "market."GHM - Acronym of the Day
God Help Me
November 14, 2010font - Word of the Day Technical
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.CBB - Acronym of the Day
Can't Be Botheredglambassador - Word of the Day Jargon
A diplomat selected for his or her celebrity and appearance, not for any particular knowledge of foreign policy or international affairs. For example, "Linda Gray of TV's Dallas was just made goodwill glambassador for the U.N. Population Fund."
November 15, 2010HTML - Word of the Day Jargon
The lingua franca for publishing hypertext on the World Wide Web. HTML is a nonproprietary format based on SGML. It can be created and processed in a wide range of software programs, from simple plain text editors to WYSIWYG programs to sophisticated authoring tools.
HTML is a mark-up language (versus a programming language) that uses tags to structure text into headings, paragraphs, lists, and links (like those seen on the NetLingo.com HTML Code Cheat Sheet). It tells a Web browser how to display text and images. You can see a Web page's HTML code if you select "view source" from the View menu in your Web browser.
A question that often comes up is how to make HTML code be visible on a page and not execute? You do this by using the ASCII code equivalents of the "less than" and "greater than" symbols (this way it is interpreted as just text and not real HTML code).
It is coded like this:
<p>Your paragraph goes between these tags.</p>
It is displayed on the page like this:
Your paragraph goes between these tags.organized coincidence - Word of the Day Jargon
Coined by participants in San Francisco's Critical Mass bicycle protest movement, this is slang for an event that seems to occur spontaneously, but is actually the result of collective brainstorming --often done online. Individual responsibility for the event is thus avoided, but everyone can take credit for its success.XLNT - Acronym of the Day
November 16, 2010finger - Word of the Day Jargon
An Internet utility (or program) that lets you find out information about an Internet user who has an e-mail address, such as the person's real name and whether or not he or she is online at the present moment. This utility used to work only for identifying Unix or VAX users, but it can now finger someone on the World Wide Web.
"To finger someone" sounds weird, we know, but it is a technology used in all earnest. To do it, you need to have a finger program on your computer (or you can go to a finger gateway on the Web and enter the e-mail address). Note: It may be fun to try, but realize that some accounts are simply not "fingerable."
Click on "more info" below!WTSDS - Acronym of the Day
Where The Sun Don't Shine
November 17, 2010plog - Word of the Day JargonTTYIAF - Acronym of the Day
Talk/Type To You In A Fewencore career - Word of the Day Business
A slang expression for a second or third career in one's life. Just as musicians save the best for last in an "encore," so too are people who make a career change thought to be older, wiser, and more experienced and determined than ever before.
November 18, 2010DFIK - Acronym of the Day
Darn If I Know
November 19, 2010CTC - Acronym of the Day
Care To Chat -or- Contact -or- Choking The Chickenchortal - Word of the Day Business
Known primarily as a Chinese portal, the largest "chortal" is Sina, created by CEO Wang Zhidong.
Alternatively, the comedy community claims this term refers to a "comedy portal." MySpace Comedy claims to be the largest comedy portal.tag cloud - Word of the Day Technical
A visual display of the word content on a website, specifically of user-generated tags attached to online content, using color and font size to represent the prominence or frequency of the words or tags depicted. Whether it's a data cloud (which displays data such as population or stock market prices instead of words) or a text cloud (the visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list), it's an easy way to see the most popular content on a website.
November 20, 2010YTTT - Acronym of the Day
You Telling The Truth?reality-distortion field - Word of the Day Jargon
It implies that workers who are close to these kinds of managers become passionately committed to possibly insane projects, without regard to the practicality of their implementation or competitive forces in the marketpace. For example, "In Steve's presence, reality is malleable, it's a total reality-distortion field. He can convince anyone of practically anything. It wears off when he's not around, but it makes it hard to have realistic schedules."AirCard - Word of the Day Jargon
A device that plugs into a laptop computer, typically through a USB connection or PC Card slot that uses a cell phone signal to provide high-speed Internet access. The devices allow users to have Internet access without relying on Wi-Fi hot spots. They are sold by cell phone companies, and they require a monthly service plan. "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless.asynchronous - Word of the Day Jargon
Something that is not happening in real time, rather senders ship off their messages for recipients to open or view at their convenience. Asynchronous communication examples include: email, texting, newsgroups, listservs, blogs, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube. Examples of one-to-one asynchronous communication include: email and text messaging. Examples of one-to-many asynchronous communication include: newsgroups, listservs, blogs, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube.
The opposite of asynchronous is synchronous, something that is happening in real time. Synchronous communication examples include: instant messaging, video conferencing, webcams, MUDs, MOOs, chat, Second Life. Examples of one-to-one synchronous communication include: instant messaging. Examples of one-to-many synchronous communication include: video conferencing, MUDs, and MOOs.
November 22, 2010SYS - Acronym of the Day
See You Soonglueware - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the trend of tying software applications to physical networks through the AT&T system. Used in reference to a deal AT&T and Novell struck to adapt Novell local area networking software to communicate over AT&T's long-distance network. Intel and Microsoft are also considering similar arrangements.
November 23, 2010mil or .mil - Word of the Day Technical
One of several top-level domains assigned to URLs owned by the U.S. military (for example: www.af.mil is the URL for the U.S. Air Force). Other domains include .ac, .com, .gov, .net, .edu, .org, and a long list of country codes. For a list of new suffixes, read the domain name definition.YKW - Acronym of the Day
You Know What?e-bomb - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a very powerful computer virus.
November 24, 2010dubya - Word of the Day Jargon
A nickname for President George W. Bush. His middle initial distinguishes his name from his father's, former President George H.W. Bush.net neutrality - Word of the Day Technical
Network neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any Web content they choose and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service provider (ISP). In other words, this term refers to a network as not favoring one application or certain Web content over another, but rather should provide services in a nondiscriminatory, unrestricted fashion.
The debate over net neutrality has waxed and waned in the nation's capital for years. It gained prominence after critics accused Comcast of preventing customers from sharing files through BitTorrent and similar sites, resulting in an FCC investigation into Comcast's network management practices. The company has said it managed traffic to preserve bandwidth for less intensive users. It has vowed to improve its network management practices and lead efforts to set industry standards.
Proponents of network neutrality reacted to Comcast's proposals with outrage. They want policymakers to pass laws requiring cable and telecommunications companies to manage traffic in a non-discriminatory way. They include Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, a software quality engineer who raised the issue after being unable to share songs with friends. Like many who support stronger network neutrality measures, proponents fear that ISPs could block information in favor of its own content.
Comcast, other ISPs, some FCC commissioners, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other groups oppose network neutrality regulations, saying that they would inhibit competition and stifle innovation. Similarly U.S. telecommunications giant AT&T has claimed that, without investment, the Internet's current network architecture will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010.
"Now we face a constitutive choice with the Internet -- a choice between closed networks where the network operators control the user experience and open networks that are controlled by end users," said Michael Copps, one of two commissioners who have spoken in favor of stronger network neutrality measures. "This is an issue in which you must engage, not just because you are innovators and businesspeople, but because you are citizens," he said. "If I see what's happening accurately, I believe we will have an opportunity, before very long, to decide this issue of Internet freedom."
As Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet Protocol, has stated, "The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services. A lightweight but enforceable neutrality rule is needed to ensure that the Internet continues to thrive."
There are several somewhat related meanings in which "net neutrality" are associated with, including:
(1) No different quality grades ("fast lanes") for Internet service.
(2) No price discrimination among Internet providers.
(3) No monopoly price charged to content and applications providers.
(4) Nothing charged to the providers for transmitting their content.
(5) No selectivity by the carriers over content they transmit.
(6) No blocking of the access of users to some websites.
For more information on the net neutrality debate, including a link to tell Congress that you are FOR net neutrality, click on the links below.
November 25, 2010IQueue - Word of the Day Jargon
November 26, 2010Internet security - Word of the Day Jargon
Information traveling on the Internet usually takes a circuitous route to its destination computer, through several intermediary computers. The actual route is not under your control. As your information travels, each intermediary computer presents the risk that someone will eavesdrop and make copies. An intermediary computer could even deceive you and exchange information with you by misrepresenting itself as your intended destination. These possibilities make the transfer of confidential information, such as passwords or credit card numbers, susceptible to abuse. This is where Internet security comes in, and why it is a concern for everyone who uses the Net.CQRT - Acronym of the Day
November 27, 2010grid computing - Word of the Day Technical
A form of networking, grid computing is applying the resources of many computers in a network to a single problem at the same time. According to John Patrick, IBM's vice-president for Internet strategies, "the next big thing will be grid computing."
Most commonly used for a scientific or technical problem that requires a great number of computer processing cycles or access to large amounts of data, one of the most popular examples of grid computing in the public domain is the ongoing SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) @Home project in which thousands of people are sharing the unused processor cycles of their PCs in the vast search for signs of "rational" signals from outer space. This method saves the project both money and resources.
Practically speaking, a number of corporations, professional groups, universities, and others are developing frameworks and software for managing grid computing projects. Charles Schwab, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard are among a handful of companies (both big and small) that are attracted by the allure of the grid, not the least of which is its willingness to bestow its services for free.
Technically speaking, the European Community (EU) is sponsoring a project for a grid for high-energy physics, earth observation, and biology applications. In the United States, the National Technology Grid is prototyping a computational grid for infrastructure and an access grid for people. Sun Microsystems offers Grid Engine software. Described as a distributed resource management (DRM) tool, Grid Engine allows engineers at companies like Sony and Synopsys to pool the computer cycles on up to 80 workstations at a time.
The main difference between conventional networks and grid computing is that conventional networks focus on communication among devices; grid computing harnesses unused processing cycles of all computers in a network for solving problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine. Grid computing requires special software that is unique to the computing project for which the grid is being used.false drop - Word of the Day Jargon
A term that refers to search results that are not relevant to the user's query. A "false drop" can occur if the Web page found contains the keywords entered in the search, if the Web page is an attempt at spamdexing, or if the search engine used has a fault in its database or a bug in the query program.BSBD&NE - Acronym of the Day
Book Smart, Brain Dead & No Experience
November 28, 2010counter - Word of the Day Jargon
A string of numbers used to denote how many people have visited a Web page. It's a misnomer in that counters don't "count" visits from actual people; they count page impressions. Unfortunately, some counters are rigged to display more visits than are actually received, so overall, it's considered unreliable information.511 - Acronym of the Day
Too much information
November 29, 2010Firefox - Word of the Day Jargon
Some of the benefits of Firefox include:
- It imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose.
- It stops annoying pop-up ads with the built in pop-up blocker.
- You can view more than one Web page in a single window with tabbed browsing.
- It keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls.
- The Google Search is built right into the toolbar.
- Known as "live" bookmarks, RSS integration lets you read the latest news headlines and read updates to your favorite sites that are syndicated.
- Hassle-free downloading is set to automatically save files you download to your Desktop so they're easy to find.
- Simple and intuitive, yet fully featured, Firefox has all the functions you're used to - Bookmarks, History, Full Screen, Text Zooming to make pages with small text easier to read, etc.
- It is the most customizable browser on the planet: You can customize your toolbars to add additional buttons, install new Extensions that add new features, add new Themes to browse with style, and use the adaptive search system to allow you to search an infinite number of engines.
- It is easy to set up. At only 4.5MB (Windows), Firefox takes just a few minutes to download over a slow connection and seconds over a fast connection.
By The Way I Think I Am In Love With You
November 30, 2010alias - Word of the Day Technical
On a server, an alias maps an incoming request for a Web page. When an alias is found in a URL, the alias' value is substituted in place of the alias. For example, if you have Web pages on a server that you wish to display on the Internet, the actual location of those files may be "http://www.well.com/user/silly" but with the use of an alias, you can tell people to access the site at "http://www.well.com/~silly" -- in this case, the tilde (~) represents an alias for the path, /user/.magic lantern - Word of the Day Jargon
Code name for the FBI's plan to send encryption-key and password-sniffing spyware disguised as email attachments to a suspect's computer. As seen in Wired from MSNBC: "Magic lantern installs so-called keylogging software on a suspect's machine that is capable of capturing keystrokes typed on a computer."