April 01, 2011touch-screen - Word of the Day Technical
A technology that enables a user to interact with a computer by directly touching the screen, as opposed to using a mouse, keyboard, or stylus. This is made possible through a touch-sensitive membrane over the computer screen.NTBN - Acronym of the Day
No Text Back Needed
April 02, 2011WTB - Acronym of the Day
Want To Buy4-D - Word of the Day Jargon
In general, the fourth dimension is the dimension we live in, containing the dimensions length, height, width and time. This dimension is rarely spoken of, because most people don't know time is dimension as well.
In mathematics the fourth dimension, or a four-dimensional ("4-D") space, is an abstract concept derived by generalizing the rules of three-dimensional (3-D) space. It has been studied by mathematicians and philosophers for almost two hundred years, both for its own interest and for the insights it offered into mathematics and related fields.
April 03, 2011IOU - Acronym of the Day
I Owe You
April 04, 2011otaku - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang in Japanese for generation-e people who are avid collectors. For example, manga otaku collect and trade comics and pop ido otaku collect and trade cards about their favorite celebrities.FAQL - Acronym of the Day
Frequently Asked Questions List
April 05, 2011TWHAB - Acronym of the Day
This Won't Hurt A Bitevernet - Word of the Day Jargon
Industry expert and venture capitalist John Doerr believes that six Webs will emerge to make up the evernet (of which only one is deployed now, the PC Web). Here they are:
PC Web - see: World Wide Web
Broadband Web - see: smart home
Video Web - making use of video servers
e-Web - machine-to-machine communication.express messaging - Word of the Day Jargon
The name for when a phone call goes directly to voice mail without the recipient's phone ever ringing.
April 06, 2011vaporware - Word of the Day Jargon
Software that never makes it off the drawing board, or that's been hyped up for months but isn't available anywhere.TBC - Acronym of the Day
To Be Continued
April 07, 2011BIF - Acronym of the Day
Basis In Fact -or- Before I Forgetresolve - Word of the Day Technical
The process of matching domain names with their Internet Protocol numbers (IP numbers). A combination of computers and software (referred to as "name servers") use the data in the Domain Name System (DNS) to determine which IP numbers correspond to a particular domain name. Once the domain name is resolved, a Web site will "come up" when you type in a URL.gatored - Word of the Day Jargon
You've been "gatored" when you're visiting one website and find yourself being hijacked and whisked to a competitor's site. Named for a plug-in from Gator.com that does the dirty work, it's also known as hijackware.
April 08, 2011CU - Acronym of the Day
See You -or- Cracking Upslashdot - Word of the Day Jargon
When a Web server (or Web site) is unable to handle the number of requests it is recieving and it goes down (generally due to the server crashing), it is said to be "slashdotted." This expression originated from slashdot.org, a technology news and information site which became so popular that when it mentioned another Web site, that site would become virtually unreachable because too many people were trying to access it.
Now the expression extends to anytime a Web site experiences a surge in user traffic to the point of a grinding halt because it is mentioned on any other Web site. This often results in Webmasters having to pay huge bills if they pay by bandwidth. You may hear it like this, "I can't load the page, the site must be slashdotted."
Slashdot is so popular that traffic from its links can cripple small Web sites, sometimes for days. So a couple of fans have set up a site called Mirrordot to alleviate the problem by hosting copies of sites mentioned on Slashdot.crawling - Word of the Day Technical
In search engine technology, crawling refers to finding new online resources, such as new Web pages. Crawlers find these resources in a number of ways including collection frequency, which refers to the number of documents a term appears in compared to total number of documents; and term frequency, which is the number of occurrences of the search term in a document.
April 10, 2011the Web - Word of the Day Jargon
A nickname for the World Wide Web.TSTB - Acronym of the Day
The Sooner, The Better
April 11, 2011desktop video (DTV) - Word of the Day Technical
The merging of the camcorder and the home computer, made possible by advances in home computing power and affordability. DTV opens new possibilities for both the videomaker and the PC enthusiast and is considered to be at the forefront of video technology.WDYS - Acronym of the Day
What Did You Say?
April 12, 2011paintmonkey - Word of the Day Jargon
Someone with a less-than-glamorous, entry-level computer graphics job. A "paintmonkey" may spend months on a nanosecond of digitized film footage, painting mattes, or doing monotonous touch-ups.SOIAR - Acronym of the Day
Sit On It And Rotatelegacy - Word of the Day Jargon
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.
April 13, 2011blargon - Word of the Day Jargon
April 14, 2011crash test dummies - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for those of us who pay for unstable, not-ready-for-prime-time software marketed by (greedy) computer companies.
April 15, 2011gov or .gov - Word of the Day JargonTOBG - Acronym of the Day
This Oughta Be Good
April 16, 2011YLW - Acronym of the Day
Your Loving Wife
April 17, 2011autobot - Word of the Day Technicalcontent - Word of the Day Jargon
A somewhat bland name for the creative contribution of the writers, artists, animators, and musicians whose work makes up the text, artwork, animation, and music on the Net. Usually thought of as simply the textual and graphical information contained in a Web site, content also refers to the structure and design in which the information is presented.
Content is one of the three big C's (content, commerce, and community), and Web sites often get judged and rated on the quality, quantity, and navigational flow of this information. A favorite quote in the industry is "Content is king" because without the content, there would be nothing to read or view on the Internet.
April 18, 2011dynamic - Word of the Day Technical
For example, Web enthusiasts get turned off when they visit a site that hasn't changed since the last time they were there. Since the Internet is a "dynamic environment" and technology makes it easy to continuously change text or images, Web developers strive for fresh, updated, dynamic Web sites.going Cyrillic - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for when a graphical display (LED panel, bit-mapped text and graphics) starts to display garbage, as in "The thing just went Cyrillic on me."
April 19, 2011webcasting - Word of the Day Technical
An Internet technology found on some Web sites that literally broadcasts information, for example radio programming. Unlike typical surfing (which relies on a pull method of transferring Web pages), webcasting uses push technology.BIBO - Acronym of the Day
Beer In, Beer Out
April 21, 2011FSR - Acronym of the Day
For Some Reasonwaitbuster - Word of the Day Jargon
Checkout-counter displays that entice you to buy, buy, buy while you wait.
April 22, 2011AML - Acronym of the Day
All My LoveURI - Word of the Day Technical
In computing, a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) consists of a string of characters used to identify or name a resource on the Internet. Such identification enables interaction with representations of the resource over a network (typically the World Wide Web) using specific protocols. Schemes specifying a specific syntax and associated protocols define each URI. Computer scientists may classify a URI as a locator (URL), or a name (URN), or both.
April 23, 2011slinging code - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for programming at a very fast pace.TOPCA - Acronym of the Day
Til Our Paths Cross Againsemantic Web - Word of the Day Technical
The semantic Web is considered an extension of the World Wide Web to the degree that computers interpret data and transmit that data in a way that is very perceptive to a user. In other words, the semantics of information and services on the Web is defined, making it possible for the Web to understand and satisfy the requests of people who use the content.
Semantics refers to the meaning of words. The semantic Web derives from W3C director Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange. This information exchange takes documents with computer-comprehensible meaning (semantics) and puts them on the Web. Tim Berners-Lee has said "People keep asking what Web 3.0 is. I think maybe when you've got an overlay of scalable vector graphics - everything rippling and folding and looking misty - on Web 2.0 and access to a semantic Web integrated across a huge space of data, you'll have access to an unbelievable data resource."
April 24, 2011denizen - Word of the Day JargonFAWN - Word of the Day Technical
According to Intel CTO, Justin Rattner, who won the best-paper prize in the Symposium on Operating System Principles with their collaborators at Carnegie Mellon, it's the idea that is they could build tomorrow's processors out of [[array|arrays}} of relatively simple cores, they could deliver data-center-class [[solution|solutions}}. It would be data centers on chips and then arrays of those chips. As seen in Information Week
April 25, 2011SLIRK - Acronym of the Day
Smart Little Rich Kidham - Word of the Day Jargon
April 26, 2011floppy disk - Word of the Day Jargon
A data storage medium that is widely used to . . . store data :-) It is a magnetically coated, flexible disk of Mylar, enclosed in a plastic envelope or case. At one time, floppies were the only medium of data storage for PCs, but the need to store larger amounts of data led to the development of cheap hard disks, CD-ROMs, and Zip Disks, which have become more popular than the little, old floppy.LOVE - Acronym of the Day
Lots Of Voluntary Effort
April 27, 2011reboot - Word of the Day Jargon
The process of shutting down a computer and then restarting it.DGYF - Acronym of the Day
Damn Girl You're Finelisten - Word of the Day Jargon
Used primarily within the context of social media, "listening" is the study of naturally occurring conversations, behaviors, and signals that may or may not be guided, which brings the voice of people's lives into the brand.
This means that when a business "listens" they are studying people's authentic, unfiltered thoughts, feelings and emotions that take place through interactions with brands or companies in an open, noncoercive manner (as opposed to market research).
In other words, it is observing what people do, such as online shopping or using brands as directed by other people, in ways that focus naturally occurring conversations on agreed-upon topics that take their own direction.
Listening solutions fit into five groups: search, media monitoring, text analytics, private communities, and full-service listening platform vendors.bake - Word of the Day Jargon
April 28, 2011program - Word of the Day Technical
There are many kinds of programs, including:
* antivirus, which detect and remove computer viruses
* application, which are tools that perform specific kinds of tasks (such as word processing)
* authoring, to help create Web sites
* calendar, which contain a calendar or appointment book
* child, which are actually subprograms loaded into memory and used by the main program
* computer program components (CPC), which are routines or modules within a larger program
* conversion, which change a file from one format to another
* demo, which exhibit a sample of a program for free or for a low price
* drawing, used for drawing, illustrating, and editing graphics
* event-driven, which wait for events to occur and then respond to them
* file recovery, which restore files that have been damaged or unintentionally deleted,
* file transfer programs (FTP), which enable a user to copy a file from one computer to another
* formatingt, which erase a disk and prepare it for use
* system, such as the operating system
* utility, which maintain the computer systemRSVP - Acronym of the Day
Repondez S'il Vous Plaitmap - Word of the Day Jargon
When used as a verb in a general sense, "map" means to plan, delineate, or arrange in detail, for example "map one's future." In a technical sense, map is a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function).brand lift - Word of the Day Business
A concept in online advertising, specifically brand advertising, that refers to an increase in awareness, attitudes, favorability, intent, and preference. It is measured by studying a group of people exposed to the online brand and a group not exposed to it. The hypothesis is that those who saw the brand, increases its lift. Researchers then try to identify what is driving that "brand lift."
April 29, 2011handy - Word of the Day Jargon
Another name for a cell phone in Europe and parts of Asia, but this cell phone is also a PDA with a wireless connection. A handy is capable of many things including browsing the Web, and sending and receiving short messages (SMS), text messages, and e-mail.
For the largest list of Internet acronyms and text message jargon, click on "more info" below!consumer backyard - Word of the Day Business
It refers to the public side of your brand as discussed by consumers. Sources include publicly available online blogs, forums, ratings and review sites, Twitter and status update features, social networks like Facebook, or media-sharing sites like YouTube and Flickr, and offline word of mouth.
April 30, 2011brand backyard - Word of the Day Business
It refers to the "backyard" of your own brand. Sources include company blogs, customer and private communities, discussion groups, forums, email, customer service logs, corporate Twitter accounts, and official presences on social networking sites like Facebook.