A network of satellites that broadcast digitaldata. For example, DirecTV broadcasts digital television signals. DSSs are expected to become more important as TVs and computers converge into a single medium for infotainment.
From the field of artificial intelligence, "artificial life" is the modeling of complex, lifelike behaviors in computer programs. Artificial life forms can supposedly evolve and produce behaviors not contained within the rules set by the programmers.
The span of time in which it appears your computer is frozen, in that it is not responding to input or not connecting to a requested Web site or URL. Also called a computer hang. In more serious cases, when a system has to be rebooted, a lag results in a computer crash.
A Unix command for scheduling computer-related jobs to be executed sometime in the future. A cron is normally used to schedule a job that is executed periodically, for example, the NetLingo Word of the Day Email is set up as a cron job to be sent out every morning. It is also a daemon process, meaning that it runs continuously, waiting for specific events to occur.
Aliasing is a Web design term used to describe the undesirable distortion of visual elements on a computer screen. These peculiarities take many forms, such as the appearance of jagged or stair-stepped edges along what is supposed to be a smooth, curvy surface (like an O or S) or diagonal lines on the screen (also known as "the jaggies"). Anti-aliasing is a software technique used in imaging systems (such as Photoshop) to make these curved edges or diagonal lines look smooth and continuous.
The nickname for a young cougar, these are women who are in their 20s and early 30s who are sexy and independent and date or have relationships with younger men. Celebrity examples include: Drew Barrymore, Claire Daines, and Jessica Alba.�Not to be confused with a kitten.
An acronym that refers to a standard keyboard (as identified by the first six letters in the upper row). One of the reasons why BlackBerries are so popular is because they have a QWERTY keyboard, whereas IM'ing on a regular cell phone is more difficult because it only has a numeric keypad.
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A play on the phrases "ass-backwards" and "a backwards-ass way of doing things," this term is generally used to describe execs in the industry who become focused on generating personal wealth rather than on providing a valuable service or product.
A multi-platformstandard for multimedia applications. Developed by Apple, QuickTime is a software program that handles video, sound, animation, graphics, text, music, and 360-degree virtual reality (VR) scenes. It is a gateway for rich media, including images, music, MIDI, MP3, and streaming audio. QuickTime lets you experience more than 200 kinds of digital media with your Mac or PC. It allows users to experience virtual reality on a desktop without any special equipment and to view 3-D photographic (or rendered) representations of any person, place, or thing. (You can use your mouse and keyboard to rotate objects, zoom in and out of a scene, look around 360 degrees, and navigate from one scene to another.) QuickTime file name extensions include .qt and .mov.
A type of programming that combines data structures with functions to create reusable objects. It works something like this: Programmers can create modules that do not need to be changed when a new type of object is added; instead, one can simply create a new object that inherits many of its features from existing objects. This inheritance relationship between objects makes object-oriented programs easier to modify than procedural programming techniques.
The most popular object-oriented programming languages are Java and C++. There is also UML (Unified Modeling Language) which is the industry-standard language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of software systems. It simplifies the complex process of software design, making a "blueprint" for construction.
"Object-oriented" can also be used to describe a system that primarily deals with different types of objects, where the actions you take depend on what type of object you are manipulating. For example, an object-oriented graphics program might enable you to draw many types of objects, such as circles, rectangles, and triangles. Applying the same action to each of these objects, however, would produce different results. If the action is "Make 3-D," for instance, the result would be a sphere, a box, and a pyramid, respectively.
A server located at a dedicated facility designed with special resources, such as a secure cage, regulated power, a dedicated Internet connection, online security, and online technical support. Co-location facilities offer customers a secure place to physically house their hardware and equipment (as opposed to keeping it in their offices or warehouse, where the potential for fire, theft, or vandalism is much greater). This term also refers to a "colo facility," a data center in an unserved or underserved market (also known as a "second-tier city").
To conduct a conference between two or more participants at different locations, using computer networks or the Internet to transmit audio and videodata. For example, a point-to-point (two-person) video conferencing system works much like a video telephone. Each participant has a video camera, a microphone, and speakers mounted onto his or her computer. As the two participants speak to one another, their voices are carried over the network and delivered to the other's speakers; whatever images appear in front of the video camera will appear in a window on the other participant's monitor (so be careful not to come to this conference in your underwear).
Multi-point video conferencing allows three or more participants to sit in a virtual conference room and communicate as if they were sitting right next to each other. Software programs such as CUSeeMe have brought video conferencing to the Internet and are easy to use.
To remove someone as a "friend" specifically on Facebook, for example, "I can't believe it, I just got defaced."
How do you "deface" someone on Facebook? Go to the person's profile, go all the way to the bottom of the left column, you should see a link that says "Remove From Friends." Note: It's considered a serious breach of a friendship to deface someone, and if you decide you want to be friends with this person again, you will have to send a new friend request.
A small program or application, usually written in Java, that runs on a Web browser and powers many of the fancier features (such as animation or computation). It downloads quickly and can be used by any computer equipped with a Java- or ActiveX-enabled browser. Applets are found both online and offline (for example, the calculator on Windows 95 is an applet).
Software available on the Internet for downloading so you can try it before buying it. It is copyrighted and distributed on a "free-will donation" basis, either via the Internet or by being passed along by satisfied customers. users who continue to use the program after a trial period are expected to pay a registration fee. In return, they get documentation, technical support, and access to updated versions.
The idea of the self escaping bodily death by transforming into an age-proof, sickness-proof essence that can be uploaded into a computer or network dates back at least to Vernor Vinge’s 1981 novella True Names. A year after that, William Gibson gave us the word cyberspace to describe a new place where humans might exist, potentially forever, outside the physical world.
Basically beyond our digital footprint lies our immortal cybersoul, and the "self" you create online won’t die when you do. Now there are businesses , known as a digital estate management service, that provide a safe, secure repository for your online property that lets you grant access to digital assets for friends and loved ones in the event of loss, death, or disability. Apparently it's an idea who's time has come.
A website "wireframe" is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website. The wireframe depicts the page layout or arrangement of the website’s content, including interface elements and navigational systems, and how they work together. The wireframe usually lacks typographic style, color, or graphics, since the main focus lies in functionality, behavior, and priority of content.� In other words, it focuses on “what a screen does, not what it looks like.”
An aggregator is software or a hosted application that collects RSS feeds from various sources and displays it in a single consolidated view, either in a window on your desktop or in a Web browser. Its purpose is to syndicate Web content such as news headlines, blogs, podcasts, and vlogs in a single location for easy viewing.
There are two main types of aggregators: web-based aggregators and desktop/software aggregators. Web-based aggregators allow individuals to subscribe to feeds online and read RSS feeds in a web browser. Desktop aggregators are software programs installed locally that updates when RSS feeds are updated. The aggregator shows new information and allow for users to read feeds.
In the mobile world, aggregator also refers to an organization that acts as a middleman between content providers and mobile carriers, providing the messaging traffic to the multiple carriers.