September 01, 2011full user mobility - Word of the Day Technical
For example, while on a cell phone or on a plane.Google narcissist - Word of the Day Jargon1432 - Acronym of the Day
I Love You Too
September 02, 2011SNAFU - Acronym of the Day
Situation Normal, All F***ed Upflash crowd - Word of the Day Jargon
A phrase that describes intense periods of heavy use on a network system. It also refers to a large group of people who converge at the same time and the same place due to transmitting messages via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. This term was coined by sci-fi writer Larry Niven in The Flight of the Horse.operating system - Word of the Day Technical
The foundation software of a computer system, responsible for controlling and launching the installed applications and computer peripherals. Common operating systems include MS-DOS, Unix, OS/2, Macintosh, and Windows. It is the software that schedules tasks, allocates storage, handles the interface to peripheral hardware, and presents a default interface to the user when no application program is running.
September 03, 2011any key - Word of the Day Jargon
Newbies take heed: If a tech support person or a computer manual directs you to "hit any key," that means you can push any of the keys on your keyboard (there is no one specific key labeled "any"). We've heard tales of computer companies that are seriously considering changing the command "Press Any Key" to "Press Return Key" or "Press Enter Key" because of the flood of new user calls asking where the "any key" is.TNTL - Acronym of the Day
Trying Not To Laughearbuds - Word of the Day Technical
Earbuds are a pair of small headphones held inside of one's ears and connected to a signal source such as an an iPhone, MP3 player, or other device (sometimes an audio amplifier, radio, or CD player). These "in-ear" versions (specifically known as earbuds or earphones) differ from headsets in the sense that headsets are used to describe a combination of headphone and microphone used for two-way communication, for example with a telephone or VoIP service.
September 04, 2011favorite - Word of the Day Technical
Another name for a bookmark.AYCE - Acronym of the Day
All You Can Eatcamouflage - Word of the Day Jargon
The name for a cell phone service that provides background noise, such as noise from a traffic jam, to enable the owner to say with authority, "Sorry I'll be two hours late, I'm stuck in traffic" (while actually sitting at a cafe). These services can also generate a ring tone in the middle of a conversation (appearing to signal an incoming call), providing a plausible excuse for ending the current call.
September 05, 2011keyword - Word of the Day Technical
On a search engine, for example, it's the term or phrase you type in order to begin an online search. In HTML, keywords appear in the meta tags for a Web page, where they help search engines readily identify and better index the Web site.
Click on "more info" below for an article on How to Find Keywords that Sell!WNOHGB - Acronym of the Day
Where No One Has Gone Beforevoice jail system - Word of the Day Jargon
A poorly designed voice mail system that has so many submenus you get lost and have to hang up and call back.
September 06, 2011TAP - Acronym of the Day
Take A Pillinfosumer - Word of the Day Jargon
One who consumes online information on a daily basis.RFO - Word of the Day Technical
September 07, 2011magic smoke - Word of the Day Jargon
A tiny amount of smoke released from a computer right after its electrical hardware burns out (and the computer stops working). This has become the basis for a joke played on newbies. They are told there is "magic smoke" inside computer chips, and it is that smoke which makes a computer work.DIKU - Acronym of the Day
Do I Know You?heat map - Word of the Day Jargon
A heat map is a graphical representation of data where the values taken by a variable in a two-dimensional table are represented as colors. In the online world, Web "heat maps" have traditionally been used for displaying areas of a Web page or email most frequently scanned by visitors (in terms of clicks, mouse movements, and even eye-tracking). Heat mapping also refers to the live stream online display of where people are congregating at a particular time.
September 08, 2011remote terminal - Word of the Day Technical
It is possible to login to a remote computer by using an application program based on TELNET - a terminal emulation protocol made for this purpose. The user can therefore enter commands on a keyboard attached to their local computer and access files etc. on a remote computer that may be located anywhere in the world.astroturf campaign - Word of the Day Jargon
A fake grass-roots political campaign. Posited in RISKS Digest as a potential future problem in net-based "issue" campaigning, in which massive phony mailings are easier than ever.JHOM - Acronym of the Day
Just Helping out My (Mafia, Mob, Neighbors, etc.)
September 09, 2011broken pipe - Word of the Day Jargon
This term is usually seen in an error message in programs such as Netscape to let the user know that the stream of information he or she was downloading has been forcibly cut. This can occur for several reasons, most commonly because you are on a very crowded network or your access provider (ISP) is experiencing heavy traffic.sacrificial host - Word of the Day Jargon
A computer server placed outside an organization's Internet firewall to provide a service that might otherwise compromise the local net's security. As seen in Cheswick & Bellovin's "Firewalls and Internet Security."SIUYA - Acronym of the Day
Shove It Up Your Ass
September 10, 2011Shockwave - Word of the Day Technical
A Web browser plugin created by Macromedia that enables Director movies to be viewed on World Wide Web pages. It is one of the best programs for viewing interactive animation. Shockwave is a key component of Macromedia's solution for Web professionals who develop digital media for the Web. If you have created an interactive movie, using Director, you will need to compress it with Afterburner before you can use it as Shockwave on a Web site.TSOB - Acronym of the Day
Tough Son Of a B*tch
September 11, 2011search - Word of the Day Technical
The process of locating information on the Internet, whether it is to be found on a Web site, a newsgroup, or in an archive. In order to do a search, users often begin at search engines, search directories, or portals.entrenched transactors - Word of the Day Jargon
Banking industry jargon for people who refuse to use cost-saving ATMs, preferring to deal only with more expensive human bank tellers.?^ - Acronym of the Day
September 12, 2011cgi-bin - Word of the Day TechnicalYMAL - Acronym of the Day
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September 13, 2011bloodware - Word of the Day Jargon
A form of shareware in which the author requests that in lieu of sending him or her money, you donate blood to the Red Cross.filter - Word of the Day Technical
A program that examines incoming data to ensure that only information within certain parameters is allowed to pass through. For example, you can filter out e-mail messages based on the sender's information or certain subject lines. A filter is also a program that accepts a certain type of data as input, transforms it in some manner, and then outputs the transformed data. For example, a program that sorts names is a filter: It accepts names in unsorted order, sorts them, and then outputs the sorted names. Basically, it is a means of narrowing the scope of a report by specifying ranges or types of data to include or exclude. Utilities that allow you to import or export data are also sometimes called filters.TTYS - Acronym of the Day
Talk To You Soon
September 14, 2011netsplit - Word of the Day Jargon
The name for a loss of contact between two IRC servers, it is usually fixed in a short period of time. When two IRC servers lose contact with each other, the whole network splits. Users on the same side of the network can still communicate, but they lose contact with users on the other side.HBASTD - Acronym of the Day
Hitting Bottom And Starting To Dig
September 15, 2011BIOYN - Acronym of the Day
Blow it Out Your Nosecollapsible corporations - Word of the Day Jargon
Companies that reside in electronic networks rather than physical buildings, allowing them greater flexibility to change in size and configuration as market conditions dictate. Refers to click-and-mortar versus brick-and-mortar.parental control - Word of the Day Technical
Similar to monitoring software, parental control software refers to "all-in-one" monitoring that enables parents to control, restrict and monitor anyone who uses the computer.
Internet filtering and parental control software programs give parents the ability to control and monitor their child's use of the Internet no matter where they are: in the neighboring room, at work, on vacation, it is designed to enable parents to protect children "from the dangers of the Internet." Truth is, this industry is very fragmented, meaning there is no one leader and no one solution.
For more information about parental control software, click on the NetLingo Resources link below.
September 16, 2011HOIC - Acronym of the Day
Hold On, I'm Comingsocial scoring - Word of the Day Jargon
Companies like Klout, PeerIndex and Twitter Grader are in the process of scoring millions, eventually billions, of people on their level of influence but they are not simply looking at the number of followers or friends youâ€™ve amassed. They also measure influence in more nuanced ways, and post their judgments â€” in the form of a score â€” online. The increasing adoption of "social scoring" in mainstream culture can help build a personal brand and your rating could help determine how well you are treated by everyone with whom you interact. Critics, however, are concerned that we are moving closer to creating social media caste systems, where people with high scores get preferential treatment by retailers, prospective employers, even prospective dates. It is important to note that "social scoring" is subjective and imperfect. Most analytics companies rely heavily on a userâ€™s Twitter and Facebook profiles, leaving out other online activities, like blogging or posting YouTube videos. As for influence in the offline world â€” it doesnâ€™t count.
September 17, 2011browser-safe colors - Word of the Day Jargon
Only 216 colors in the common 256 color display palette appear exactly the same on both Mac and PC systems. These browser-safe colors should be used for Web graphics and colorful elements to look consistent on both platforms. For a sampling of browser-safe colors, check out the "Color Swatch Reference Guide" or the "Web Design Coloring Book" on NetLingo.com.GAFL - Acronym of the Day
Get A F***ing Lifespear phishing - Word of the Day Jargon
A form of phishing, "spear phishing" specifically refers to crimeware that fine tunes phishing attacks by correlating specific names and e-mail addresses about where a person banks or shops, and then customizes spoofed messages to trick individuals into clicking on a viral attachment or harmful Web link. Once that happens, the intruder can then take full control of the victim's PC.
If you suspect you have been phished, forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the FTC help line, 1-877-FTC-HELP. Phishing is a variation on the word "fishing," with the idea that bait is thrown out in the hopes that while most will ignore it, some will be tempted into biting. Phishing can be a noun or a verb, while "a phish" or "a phisher" is the person doing the phishing.
Click on "more info" below to see an EXAMPLE!
September 18, 2011WAP - Word of the Day Technical
The global standard for developing applications over wireless networks, it is a protocol for providing wireless devices with secure access to text-based information, including Web pages, chat, and e-mail. WAP runs over most wireless networks, including CDPD, CDMA, GSM, and TDMA. Basically, WAP enables Internet companies to configure their content only once for the microbrowsers (or small screens) of almost any WAP-enabled device, regardless of the service provider.RTTSD - Acronym of the Day
Right Thing To Say Dude
September 19, 2011hub - Word of the Day Technical
In computer terminology, it is a common connection point for devices in a network. For example, hubs are used to connect segments of a LAN. A hub has multiple ports so that when a packet arrives at one port, it is copied to the others so that all segments of the LAN can see all of the packets. Therefore, in data communications, a hub is a place of convergence, where data arrives from one or more directions and is forwarded out in one or more other directions.
The word "hub" was also used as one of the initial names for what is now known as a "portal." It came from the idea of producing a Web site that would contain many different "portal spots" (small boxes that looked like ads and linked to other people's content). Access to this content, combined with Internet technology, made the hub a milestone in the development and appearance of many Web sites. It was possible to display a lot of useful information without having to develop it all yourself. Despite its pioneering role, the term hub was later ditched for portal.
Click on "more info" below!GYPO - Acronym of the Day
Get Your Pants Offreal programming - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the act of writing software without using debugging facilities.
September 20, 2011Storage Area Network - Word of the Day Technical
A network exclusively set up to hold and retain data. A SAN is a network-based architecture that separates servers from storage. It provides a tremendous level of performance and flexibility that not even mainframes could supply in the older computing world. Mass storage is measured in kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, and terabytes.GAS - Acronym of the Day
Got A Second?
September 21, 2011Net radio - Word of the Day Technical
A form of webcasting that uses streaming audio technology to deliver radio programming over the Internet. You need an audio streaming application (such as RealPlayer) before you go to a Net radio Web site. Net radio technology is very popular with college radio stations because of its low cost and the ability to reach a wider audience. It is also popular with road warriors who use Net radio to listen to programs such as local sports games in their home town, while they're on the road.batmobiling - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for putting up an emotional shield just as a relationship enters that intimate, vulnerable stage. It refers to the retractable armor covering the Batmobile.TFS - Acronym of the Day
Thanks For Sharing -or- Three Finger Salute
September 22, 2011unzip - Word of the Day Technicalparade - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for having to travel a long distance in order to demo a product.TRAM - Acronym of the Day
The Rest Are Mine
September 23, 2011favicon - Word of the Day Jargon
When users visit certain Web sites, you may see a "favicon" in the browser address bar next to the URL, and in your list of favorites next to the title of the Web site you've bookmarked. Favicons act as a branded icon as these small images are often modified versions of a company's logo. Most browsers support favicons, including IE 5/6+, Firefox 1+, Mozilla 1+, Netscape 7+, Opera 7+, Konqueror 3+, and Safari.
Bookmark NetLingo and you will see our favicon! It is the image above ;-)GEOS - Word of the Day Technical
A system that communicates with satellites in geosynchronous orbit some 22,300 miles above the earth.OLO - Acronym of the Day
Only Laughed Once
September 24, 2011cut-and-paste attack - Word of the Day TechnicalAAYF - Acronym of the Day
As Always, Your Friendtwalker - Word of the Day Jargon
September 25, 2011podcache - Word of the Day Technicale-purse - Word of the Day Jargon
An electronic monetary transaction card being proposed by several government agencies.JHO - Acronym of the Day
Just Helping Out
September 26, 2011offline - Word of the Day Jargon
The state of a computer when it's not connected to a host system or to the Internet. This term is also used in the middle of a heated business meeting, where someone may say, "Let's discuss that offline." It usually means there is someone in the room who shouldn't hear what is being said, or more subtly, that "this is not the time to be talking about that-let's follow-up on it offline," as in after the meeting.toggle - Word of the Day Technical
To switch back and forth between two modes. Common toggle keys include Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock. "Toggle" also means to type in alternating UPPERCASE and lowercase letters. For example, "gReGo LiKeS tO dO tHiS sTuFf."CUNS - Acronym of the Day
See You In School
September 27, 2011portable wireless data - Word of the Day TechnicalNWOT - Acronym of the Day
New WithOut Tags
September 28, 2011secure channel - Word of the Day TechnicalAR - Acronym of the Day
September 29, 2011IAITS - Acronym of the Day
It's All In The Subjectadministrivia - Word of the Day Jargon
Refers to the administrative details that are found on a Web site. For example, the legal, copyright, liability, and licensing information. In the past, privacy issues were also categorized as "administrivia", however, with the increased awareness for security on Web sites, privacy is viewed as a more prominent topic.poke war - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a back and forth battle utilizing Facebook's poking mechanism. For example, "Jen will never win the poke war with Jude, he's a Facebook legend."cutover - Word of the Day Technical
An engineering term, "cutover" is the process of transitioning from one system to a a new system. It specifically refers to switching from an old (hardware and/or software) system to a replacement system, covering the overlap from when the new system is live until the old system has been shut down.
Sometimes known as "going live" the cutover is the point at which a new program or system takes over, usually from a previous version, and the old program is no longer used. On major developments, this point is reached when the new software has been written, tested, and runs satisfactorily, in parallel with the old, for an agreed period.
September 30, 2011SOP - Acronym of the Day
Standard Operating Procedurepaid listings - Word of the Day Businesstoy value - Word of the Day Jargon
Useless gewgaws in a program or product. "The animation screens in this backup program may have some toy value, but they slow everything down to a crawl."