March 01, 2011talk or talker - Word of the Day Jargon
A form of technology that allows sysops, programmers, and other users to communicate with each other via the Internet. A talker is a cross between a MUD and an IRC (without the role playing of MUDs and without a real-time chat room). Users connect via a Telnet application (though it is possible to connect to some talkers via a Web browser).
Talkers make use of either full-screen or line-by-line ASCII graphics/text, and in order to use it, you must know the address of the talker as well as the special codes required for interacting with others. It's a techie thing, because you have to get involved with code. There is a talk program that comes with most versions of Unix. Any number of users (restricted only by the bandwidth of the server the talker is running on) can login to the Telnet site and see what others are typing in real time.
For an interesting look at the history of talkers, click here or on the "more info" button below.graphics accelerator - Word of the Day Technical
Here is an example of a new type of hardware that has been developed to accommodate the popularity of multimedia applications and graphics-intensive Web sites on the Internet. It is a video adapter with a processor that specifically handles graphics, freeing up a computer's CPU (thereby raising a computer's performance level in terms of speed, mainly). Most computer manufacturers now bundle a graphics accelerator with their mid- to high-end systems.ACK - Acronym of the Day
March 02, 2011LISTSERV - Word of the Day Jargon
An automatic mailing list server developed by Eric Thomas for BITNET in 1986. When e-mail is addressed to a LISTSERV mailing list, it is automatically broadcast to everyone on the list. The result is similar to a newsgroup or forum, except that the messages are transmitted as e-mail and are therefore available only to individuals on the list.
LISTSERV is currently a commercial product marketed by L-Soft International. Although LISTSERV refers to a specific mailing list server, the term is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to any mailing list server. Another popular mailing list server is majordomo, which is freeware.computer wiz - Word of the Day Jargon
One who is brilliant at all things computer-related.STR8 - Acronym of the Day
March 03, 2011MUD - Word of the Day Technical
a.k.a. "Multi-User Dimension"
A multi-user simulation environment, usually text-based. It incorporates an object-oriented programming language that participants use to construct their own characters and worlds. Some worlds are purely for fun and flirting, but others are used for serious software development, educational purposes, and all that lies in between. A significant feature of most MUDs is that users can create things that stay after they leave and that can be further developed in their absence, thus allowing a world to be built gradually and collectively.I-anything - Word of the Day Jargon
An "I" placed before a word or phrase usually stands for "Internet." Unlike e-anything, where the "e" actually describes something that's electronic (such as e-journal) I-anything is almost always used for some kind of marketing program or media hype.YSIC - Acronym of the Day
Why Should I Care?
March 04, 2011Kbps - Word of the Day Technical
A modem's speed is measured by the number of bits it can transfer in a second. Modems rated in kilobits per second are now the standard. Bandwidth is also measured in Mbps (millions of bits or Megabits per second) and Gbps (billions of bits or Gigabits per second), depending on the medium and transmission method. Note: Kb is kilobit, KB is kilobyte.BHAG - Acronym of the Day
Big Hairy Audacious Goaltechnology cave - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a tween's bedroom, staples in "the technology cave" include a TV, computer, stereo, iPod, and cell phone.
Historical perspective: In 2010, it was hardly news that young people are fascinated with social media, video games, TV, and iPods, but a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found the average young person from 8 to 18† spends literally every waking moment outside of school on the Internet, watching TV, listening to music on MP3 players, texting, or using some other electronic device. That comes to kids spending an average of seven and half hours daily consuming media in some form, AND, when you include multitasking, kids actually consume close to 11 hours' worth of content in that time!
March 05, 2011bullet - Word of the Day Technical
Originally, it referred to a circle or dot that separated items in a list (see below for a sample). Now, bullets can also be squares, triangles, pointing fingers, or any graphical character used to set off items in a list.
ē For example, the circle that appears on the left side of this text is a bullet.wuz4dina - Acronym of the Day
What's for dinner?stemming - Word of the Day Jargon
The act of preparing words in a document specifically for enhanced searching, "stemming" determines word boundaries in a query or document. For example, ‚Äúrun‚ÄĚ will match with ‚Äúrunning,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúruns,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúran.‚ÄĚ The purpose of stemming is to increase the relevancy of search results as well as the speed of search results.
March 06, 2011peripheral - Word of the Day Technical
Any device connected to, or part of, a computer. Peripherals include monitors, printers, scanners, mice, external hard drives, floppy drives, CD-ROM drives, speakers, keyboards, stylus pens, and so on.form art - Word of the Day Jargon
A genre that uses only HTML-coded form elements to create Web-based art.VIM - Acronym of the Day
Very Important Member
March 07, 2011WIT - Acronym of the Day
Wordsmith In Trainingbig brother - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the government, it implies a violation of privacy, as in, "big brother is watching." Derived from George Orwell's novel 1984, it has extended to mean big corporate as well.
Watch the two videos below!cloaking - Word of the Day Technical
A term used in reference to disabling SSID (Security Set Identifier) broadcasting. Giving your wireless network a unique SSID is good practice.
March 08, 2011multimedia - Word of the Day TechnicalN-A-Y-L - Acronym of the Day
In A Whilelaptop nomad - Word of the Day Jargon
A person who works primarily on their laptop outside of a traditional office setting. Usually freelancers, "laptop nomads" often work out of their home offices and are regularly seen typing away in cafes with hotspots. Similar to a road warrior in the sense that the laptop nomad is able to do his or her work from anywhere, there is a movement called "co-working" which gives independent workers and solo entrepreneurs the opportunity to share one big office space with perks they might not get a t home, such as conference rooms espresso machines, and opportunities for socializing. Co-workers can either drop in or rent a dedicated area in spaces ranging from funky industrial lofts to sleeker sites with a more corporate ambiance.
March 09, 2011file extension - Word of the Day Technical
The group of letters after a period or "dot" in a file name. The extension indicates the format or type of the file. For example, in the file name "readme.txt," the extension "txt" denotes a text file that can be viewed using a text editor, such as Notepad or SimpleText. Operating systems, such as Mac OS or Windows, refer to a file's extension when choosing which application to launch when a user clicks on a file.
For a list of file extensions click here!hunt-and-peck - Word of the Day Jargon
A technique for typing employed by those who do not know how to type properly. Instead of using ten fingers, he or she will only use one or two fingers and must look around the keyboard to find the next letter to type.YCT - Acronym of the Day
Your Comment To
March 10, 2011document source - Word of the Day Jargon
Note: Many Web site authors put notes in the source to inform you which code is proprietary (and therefore should not be copied) and which code is available for copying (for that, though, you must request permission from and cite the author or programmer of the copied page).NATO - Acronym of the Day
No Action, Talk Onlycomputer-mediated communication - Word of the Day Jargon
March 11, 2011code or coding - Word of the Day Jargon
The act of creating computer programs, Web sites, and other applications. "Code" refers to the typed program instructions that programmers write. The written code is interpreted into a language that a system can read and execute. A favorite term among Web developers, code is often mentioned with interesting verbs. For example, you may hear programmers say, "We're busy slinging code," which means they are writing a computer program or programming a database or Web site.phat - Acronym of the Day
Pretty Hot And Tempting
March 12, 2011HAK - Acronym of the Day
Hugs And Kissesnews feed - Word of the Day Technical
Spelled as two words, it refers to RSS, a technology that allows you to see when Web sites have added new content. For example on a news Web site, you can subscribe to the news feed and get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published. On a social networking site for example, feeds highlight what's happening in your social circles, and on Twitter for example, feeds display what your followers are posting.
March 13, 2011digitizer - Word of the Day JargonSOE - Acronym of the Day
Start Of Exams
March 14, 2011ROTFL - Acronym of the Day
Rolling On The Floor Laughingvirtual circuit - Word of the Day Technicalhand salsa - Word of the Day Jargon
March 15, 2011PWAS - Acronym of the Day
Prayer Wheels Are Spinning
March 16, 2011Ph - Word of the Day Technical
An Internet tool that allows users to look up e-mail addresses. In order to use Ph, you need a client program such as Eudora, and the related e-mail providers need to have a Ph server program. Ph is somewhat similar to another Internet facility, finger, which lets you search for a user's name if you know the e-mail address. Ph is sometimes referred to as Qi or Ph/Qi.AFAICS - Acronym of the Day
As Far As I Can Seespam trap - Word of the Day Jargon
An e-mail account that automatically deletes everything that goes into it. For example, if you have several e-mail accounts at the same domain name which regularly receive spam, your Webmaster may set up an e-mail account and associate a rule or filter with it, so that anything that gets sent to it, is deleted (and therefore doesn't download into your bona fide accounts). At NetLingo, we've set up "email@example.com" to be a spam trap so that anything that gets sent to that address gets deleted (because we don't use that as an e-mail address but it is a popular one with spam bots).
March 17, 2011protocol - Word of the Day Technicalgearhead - Word of the Day JargonAAMOI - Acronym of the Day
As A Matter Of Interest
March 18, 2011PM - Acronym of the Day
Personal Message -or- Private Messagedittoheads - Word of the Day Jargon
People who are in perfect alignment on an issue, an idea, or a belief system. Allegedly coined by Rush Limbaugh to refer to his legion of faithful followers.
March 19, 2011Bluetooth - Word of the Day Jargon
An open technology specification for short-range radio links between mobile PCs, "smart" devices, and other portable machines. It is a networking technology that enables data to easily transfer from one device to another, and unlike infrared (which requires a clear line of sight to operate properly), Bluetooth operates over a 2.4 gigahertz radio frequency that allows communications through obstacles over distances of 30 feet. This means, for example, that if this technology is combined with MP3, your audio could follow you from your living room to your car to your office. The same data (your preferred songs) could get transferred to different devices (your home stereo, your car radio, and your office audio system). You could also use your phone to create a wireless Internet connection for your laptop.
Bluetooth is a global wireless standard, and it eliminates the need for cords, thus allowing friends and business associates to exchange contact information much more easily. Building on the convenience of using a LAN for file and printer sharing, the creators envision a Bluetooth-enabled home, where the appliances talk to each other using you as the antenna. (Wouldn't you want your datebook to check your refrigerator to be sure there's enough orange juice for Sunday brunch? see: PAN).
On a more practical side, having your PDA, cell phone, desktop computer, and laptop computer automatically synchronize address books and calendars just by being in the same room sounds like a good thing. Named after the tenth century Danish king Harald BlŚtand (which translates to Bluetooth), who unified Denmark and Norway, it is gaining momentum under the joint development backing of Nokia, IBM, Intel, LM Ericsson, and Toshiba.S - Acronym of the Day
Smilepsyche - Word of the Day Jargon
Forget the academic definitions, among the young it means "just kidding!" As in: "Bill Gates is my dad." Pause. "PSYCHE!"
March 20, 2011HTTP or http - Word of the Day Technical
The standard Internet protocol for the exchange of information on the World Wide Web. Basically, it defines URLs by telling the server what to send to the client. The client can view Web pages, FTP sites, Gopher sites, Usenet newsgroups, or other areas of the Net. HTTP enables Web authors to code hyperlinks into documents. Once the files are FTP'd to the server, those links can be clicked on to initiate a data transfer process. Information is retrieved without any further input from the user (this is known as "transparent access," in which the user doesn't even need to know where the document is coming from or how it was accessed).SWDYT - Acronym of the Day
So What Do You Think?UCE - Word of the Day Jargon
Commonly referred to as spam, UCE, however is a more appropriate name for unwanted "junk" e-mail messages than the term spam. Spam refers to unwanted postings in newsgroups, but it's meaning has extended to include unsolicited commercial e-mail as well.
March 21, 2011information superhighway - Word of the Day Jargoncryptanalysis - Word of the Day Technical
The process of trying to recover "crypto keys" (or plain text) associated with a crypto system.BBB - Acronym of the Day
Bye Bye Babe -or- Boring Beyond Belief
March 22, 2011YAFIYGI - Acronym of the Day
You Asked For It You Got Itcryptoperiod - Word of the Day Technical
March 23, 2011WYS - Acronym of the Day
Whatever You Sayscreen - Word of the Day Technical
The area on a monitor or any other computer device (including handhelds, PDAs, laptops, cell phones, pagers, etc.) that you look at, it is the area which displays text and graphical information (similar to a television screen). Acronyms and smileys are used to convey information and emotion as "screens" get smaller and smaller. You may hear someone say "he spends all of his time in front of that darn screen."murk - Word of the Day Jargon
A fake disclaimer at the end of a spam e-mail assuring the reader that the message complies with a bill introduced by former Alaska Senator (now Governor) Frank Murkowski regulating spam. The bill never passed.
March 24, 2011junk sleep - Word of the Day Jargon
The act of dozing off while still connected to your electronic devices, usually in a room full of electronic noises, including music, and light from computer or television screens.BAC - Acronym of the Day
Bad Ass Chickgamification - Word of the Day Jargon
Originally thought of as a buzzword, "gamification" has entered the digital mainstream as both an interactive marketing method and an application. Gamification is the use of gaming technology for non-game applications, particularly consumer-oriented Web sites and mobile sites, in order to encourage people to connect with and use the applications. Gamification works by making technology more engaging and by encouraging desired behaviors (such as performing chores that they ordinarily consider boring, like filling out surveys, shopping, or reading Web sites.
March 25, 2011minicomputer - Word of the Day TechnicalIOT - Acronym of the Day
In Order To
March 26, 2011batch - Word of the Day Jargon
A method of organizing several files into a single group for transmitting or printing. This serves to increase the efficiency of the data transmission.welcome page - Word of the Day Jargon
The introductory Web page of a Web site. Also referred to as a homepage, it is actually the first page of a Web site, generally containing a welcome message and/or navigational information about the Web site. Not to be confused with a buffer page or splash page.buhbye - Acronym of the Day
March 27, 2011AMPS - Word of the Day Jargon
The original analog cellular network, it is the world's largest cellular standard.click-through farmers - Word of the Day Jargon
Porn purveyors who operate free sample sites designed to funnel traffic to pay commercial adult sites and get paid a few cents for each click-through.ASAYGT - Acronym of the Day
As Soon As You Get This
March 28, 2011cyberspace - Word of the Day Jargon
A term coined by William Gibson in his novel Neuromancer, it is the digital world constructed by computer networks, and in particular, the Internet. Whenever you hear the term "cyberspace," it generally refers to the online world, which is a place that actually exists, albeit as a communications medium rather than another galaxy.
Perceived as an immaterial realm of data or some kind of virtual world, it is actually a physical infrastructure made up of the wires above our head, the cable beneath our feet, and the satellite dishes in the sky. Some people don't like this term because it's become commercialized, but at the same time, it represents the attitude of people who consider themselves wired or connected.external viewer - Word of the Day Jargon
A program that is launched or used by Web browsers (such as Mosaic) for presenting graphics, audio, video, VRML, and other multimedia files found on the Internet. It's sometimes referred to as a helper application. When you initially set up your browser, you configure the external viewers you want by associating them with file types extensions. This way, the browser knows what to do when these files are "clicked on."GJ - Acronym of the Day
March 29, 2011frame - Word of the Day Jargon
In computer-speak, a frame is a rectangular area absolutely positioned on the display screen. In the online world, a frame refers to a single section of a Web page that's been coded to display "frames."FTLOG - Acronym of the Day
For The Love Of Godcrash dummies - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for street criminals hired by crooked doctors and lawyers to cause traffic accidents and file phony injury claims. Crash dummies are paid a set fee; the doctors and lawyers split the insurance settlements. You may see this term in the chat rooms and newsgroups.
March 30, 2011address - Word of the Day Technical
A series of letters, numbers, and/or symbols by which you identify yourself and by which the Internet identifies you (actually, your computer). It is also a location where information is stored. Through the use of addresses, people can send e-mail, look at Web sites, and send or receive files and documents.
An e-mail address takes the form of firstname.lastname@example.org, where the username"> is a name you have chosen and the host name is that of your ISP or e-mail provider. The symbol in the middle is the "at" symbol (@). Your e-mail address is verbalized as "username at hostname dot com."
A Web address is the same as a URL. Think of it as a telephone number, where every one is different. A WWW address usually starts with "http://www" followed by a "dot" and then a domain name. The Internet is global, and most companies outside the United States use their country's abbreviation instead of the popular "dot com." (For a list of country code abbreviations, see: country codes.)
An Internet address refers to both of the above, as well as to an IP address, which is a number given to a computer terminal where a user logs on to the Internet. If you've ever seen a set of numbers in place of a domain name (for example, http://22.214.171.124), you've seen that Web site's IP address. For network address, see: node.mommy-save - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the act of indiscriminately clicking 'Save' without first choosing an appropriate folder to in which to store the document. Common among newbies (e.g., moms) who don't understand the concept of folders, directories, etc., as in "All of his papers and correspondence were mommy-saved in the MS Word folder."FS - Acronym of the Day
March 31, 2011back end - Word of the Day Technical
The portion of a program that accomplishes the processing tasks the program is designed to perform. In a LAN with client/server architecture, the back end app may be stored on the file server while the front end programs handle the user interface on each workstation. "Back end" also refers to behind-the-screens technology, which administers tasks or processes (such as database inventory management) while allowing users to easily add or delete information via a simple front end interface.earth's population e-mail - Word of the Day Jargon
A famous e-mail chain letter, it starts off like this: "If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:
There would be 57 Asians,
14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South)
and 8 Africans. ..."
When Stanford University professor Phillip Harter first forwarded it to some friends and colleagues, the message in turn got forwarded all over the world with his name in the sig file, generating all kinds of questions and responses. Since he didn't write it, he didn't verify the data, but the magazine Fast Company did.