May 01, 2012decode - Word of the Day Jargonalcon - Acronym of the Day
May 02, 2012reverse engineering - Word of the Day Jargon
A development process based on the notion of taking something apart to see how it works and then putting it back together again. Reverse engineering often means decoding or analyzing a device or program with the intent of using its technology to create another product. Most software user agreements now prohibit unauthorized reverse engineering, making it a violation of intellectual property rights.
One of the most blatant examples of this is the IBM-compatible PC (see: IBM-PC). Somewhere along the line, someone reverse-engineered the chips in the first IBM-PC and created a working counterpart without infringing upon IBM's copyrights.
This term is also used as slang for an interrogation, as in, "She reverse-engineered him all day until he finally fessed up about the office party." Another example is "We have to reverse engineer their homepage to figure out what people want, not what the client thinks they should want."USP - Acronym of the Day
Unique Selling Proposition
May 03, 2012car navigation system - Word of the Day Jargon
A small computer that communicates with a GPS to help drivers choose the best route to a destination, it is usually mounted on the dashboard of an automobile for easier viewing.BLBBLB - Acronym of the Day
Back Like Bull, Brain Like Bird
May 04, 2012SNAFU - Acronym of the Day
Situation Normal, All F***ed Upvoice novel - Word of the Day Jargon
A voicemail message that goes on forever.
May 05, 2012chapter 11 - Word of the Day Jargon
A filing in which a business receives bankruptcy protection from its creditors.411 - Acronym of the Day
May 06, 2012offshored - Word of the Day Jargon
The politically correct term for having your job outsourced to another country.STBY - Acronym of the Day
Sucks To Be You
May 07, 2012sleep camels - Word of the Day Jargon
Ultraworkaholics who go for days on end and then power-sleep most of the weekend in an attempt to store up rest for the week ahead.JTOU - Acronym of the Day
Just Thinking Of You
May 08, 2012authortisement - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the name of a book, pamphlet, or seminar written by a person who did it just to get hired as a consultant in that field.puter - Acronym of the Day
May 09, 2012simulation - Word of the Day Jargon
A role-playing exercise in the real world, with other people, in order to practice and learn from a situation in advance of it actually happening (such as a business situation). Simulations allow people to learn new behaviors or practice skills in a risk-free environment. Not to be confused with a computer simulation.sk8er - Acronym of the Day
May 10, 2012gingerbread house - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a company that hires NCGs, places them in high-pressure positions, but pays only minimal compensation. This commonly happens in small companies with a long history of no growth, engineering design firms, and commercial art firms. Instead of cash bonuses or equity, a gingerbread house will hand out token gifts (such as tickets or T-shirts).SOP - Acronym of the Day
Standard Operating Procedure
May 11, 2012MDR - Acronym of the Day
Mort De RireiPad - Word of the Day Jargon
A line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Computer Inc., primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, movies, music, games, apps and web content. Its size and weight fall between those of contemporary smart phones and laptop computers. The iPad runs on iOS, the same operating system used on Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone, and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications. Without modification, the iPad will only run programs approved by Apple and distributed via the Apple App Store (with the exception of programs that run inside the iPad's web browser).
Like iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad is controlled by a multitouch display—a departure from most previous tablet computers, which used a pressure-triggered stylus—as well as a virtual on-screen keyboard in lieu of a physical keyboard.
iPad is sold in Wi-Fi and cellular models. The Wi-Fi connection is used to access local area networks and the Internet. Cellular models have a 3G wireless network interface which can connect to HSPA or EV-DO data networks to access the Internet. Since the release of iOS 5, the device does not need to be managed and synced by iTunes running on a personal computer via USB cable.
Historical perspective: Apple released the first iPad in April 2010, and sold 3 million in 80 days. During 2010, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads worldwide, representing 75% of tablet PC sales at the end of 2010. By the release of the iPad 2 in March 2011, more than 15 million iPads had been sold—selling more than all other tablet PCs combined since the iPad's release. During the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple sold 15.4 million iPads. That's more than any PC maker's TOTAL PC sales during the same quarter. Apple sold 300,000 iPads on the day they first became available. Apple sold more than 15 million iPads over the course of its first nine months, generating $9.5 billion in revenue and capturing more than 90% market share in the tablet computer segment. Other interesting stats: the iPad, iPhone, and iPod made up 76% of Apple's revenue during the fourth quarter of 2011, and Apple sold more than 172 million of these devices in total in 2011. By way of comparison, all PC makers combined shipped about 350 million PCs in 2011.
May 12, 2012level set - Word of the Day Jargon
A nice corporate-sounding term bandied around in meetings that simply means "get everyone on the same page" or "bring everyone up to speed" so they all have the same basic understanding of a situation or project.BG - Acronym of the Day
May 13, 2012Transfer interrupted! - Word of the Day Jargon
An error message caused by the premature termination of a Web page download. This can occur for several reasons. For example, you may get this message if you hit the Stop button on your browser before a page has fully loaded, or if the server sending the file shuts down or is rebooting.T&C - Acronym of the Day
Terms & Conditions
May 14, 2012DNA barcoding - Word of the Day Jargon
A method of identifying species, based on the analysis of a standard region of the genome. Specifically it is a technique that uses DNA sequencing to determine the order of nucleotides in a standard region of the genome present in all living organisms. Coined by evolutionary biologist Paul Hebert in 2002, this idea has led to an ambitious project which aims to classify the world's 10- to 100-million species by bar codes.CIL - Acronym of the Day
Check In Later
May 15, 2012first-generation - Word of the Day Business
An adjective for the first version of a technology or the first group of people to implement a craft. Much of the commercial Internet technology was built on first-generation applications that first-generation programmers coded.OOS - Acronym of the Day
Out Of Stock
May 16, 2012YYSSW - Acronym of the Day
Yeah Yeah Sure Sure Whateverinfographic - Word of the Day Jargon
Graphics that present complex information, data, or knowledge quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.
May 17, 2012support - Word of the Day Jargon
The ability of a file format, program, or hardware device to recognize and work with a particular form of technology. For example, "That version of their Web browser doesn't support frames. It's too old." Technical support is a human resource. You may hear someone say, "If you can't get your new software to load, call the tech support team."RTFAQ - Acronym of the Day
Read The FAQ
May 18, 2012critical differentiators - Word of the Day Jargon
Those aspects about your idea, product, service, or business model that make it unique and different from the competition.M4C - Acronym of the Day
Meet for Coffee
May 19, 2012spoofing - Word of the Day Jargon
More specifically is the act of email spoofing, which may occur in different forms but all have a similar result: A user receives email that appears to have originated from one source when it actually was sent from another source. Similar to phishing, email spoofing is often an attempt to trick the user into making a damaging statement or releasing sensitive information (such as passwords).
Attention Webmasters: Examples of spoofed email that could affect the security of your Web site include:
- email claiming to be from a system administrator requesting users to change their passwords to a specified string and threatening to suspend their account if they do not do this;
- email claiming to be from a person in authority requesting users to send them a copy of a password file or other sensitive information.
If your Web site provides email services to your user community, your users are vulnerable to spoofed or forged email. The reason why it is easy to spoof email is because SMTP lacks authentication. If a site has configured the mail server to allow connections to the SMTP port, anyone can connect to the SMTP port of a site and (in accordance with that protocol) issue commands that will send email that appears to be from the address of the individual's choice. It can either be a valid email address or a fictitious address that is correctly formatted. In addition to connecting to the SMTP port of a site, a "spoofer" can send spoofed email via other protocols (for instance, by modifying their Web browser interface).
To find out what you can do, click on the link below!WAYD - Acronym of the Day
What Are You Doing?
May 20, 2012HMFIC - Acronym of the Day
Head MOFO In Chargegamification - 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.
May 21, 2012LTIC - Acronym of the Day
Laughing 'Til I Cryreturn code - Word of the Day Jargon
Possible "Success" codes include the following:
200 = Success: OK
201 = Success: Created
202 = Success: Accepted
203 = Success: Partial Information
204 = Success: No Response
300 = Success: Redirected
301 = Success: Moved
302 = Success: Found
303 = Success: New Method
304 = Success: Not Modified
Possible "Failed" codes include the following:
400 = Failed: Bad Request
401 = Failed: Unauthorized
402 = Failed: Payment Required
403 = Failed: Forbidden
404 = Failed: Not Found
500 = Failed: Internal Error
501 = Failed: Not Implemented
502 = Failed: Overloaded Temporarily
503 = Failed: Gateway Timeout
May 22, 2012booth bunny - Word of the Day Jargon
A disparaging name for the many attractive women who are hired to "man" industry trade show booths. Booth bunnies do not actually work for high-tech companies and usually have little or no knowledge about technology.E2HO - Acronym of the Day
Each to His/Her Own
May 23, 2012shoulder surfing - Word of the Day Jargon
"Shoulder surfing" is a term that refers to someone standing over your shoulder to obtain private and sensitive information as you complete a form using your personal information, enter in your PIN or password, or even when dialing a telephone number. Shoulder surfing can also be accomplished from a very far distance by using binoculars. To prevent this from happening you should always shield your paperwork and keyboard from the view of others.buhbye - Acronym of the Day
May 24, 2012interstitial ad - Word of the Day Jargon
An online ad that appears in a pop-up browser window while the primary Web page is still loading. The word "interstitial" literally means "a small space in between things," which is how these ads appear, as mini-browsers, either on top of or behind your active screen. They are likely to contain large graphics, streaming media, or applets, elements that regular ad banners don't usually have, due to size restrictions. Some studies say that more users click on interstitials than on ad banners. However, popular opinion indicates that users do not like interstitials because they slow down access to destination pages, they launch another browser (thereby slowing your computer down), and they are intrusive (most people don't appreciate having a window suddenly appear on their screen without their permission).AFAYC - Acronym of the Day
As Far As You're Concerned
May 25, 2012YAUN - Acronym of the Day
Yet Another Unix Nerdsocial media - Word of the Day Jargon
Social media can take many different forms, including social networks, blogs, vlogs, social bookmarks, user reviews, video sharing, podcasts, rating systems, collaborative ranking, wikis, comments, message boards, and online forums. Technologies include: picture-sharing, wall-postings, e-mail, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and VoIP, to name a few.
Examples of social media applications are Google Groups (reference, social networking), Wikipedia (reference), MySpace (social networking), Facebook (social networking), Last.fm (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Second Life (virtual reality), Flickr (photo sharing), Twitter (social networking and microblogging). Many of these social media services can be integrated via social network aggregation platforms like Mybloglog and Plaxo.
More specifically, Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms. Facebook pushed the door wide open to user-generated content when it launched its application in May 2007. Facebook's platform is an API that developers can use to create widgets that can easily be distributed on Facebook. To encourage "take-up," Facebook's platform strategy allows developers to keep the revenue they generate through traffic to their applications. Within a year, Facebook had nearly 20,000 applications created mostly by thousands of 3rd party developers.
Primarily, social media depends on interactions between people as the discussion and integration of words builds shared-meaning, using technology as a conduit. Among overall online users, reading others' comments on a Web site and reading blogs are the most popular social media activities.
Historical perspective: As of April 2007, the most frequently visited social networking sites are viewed by approximately one out of every four Internet users at least once a month (according to an iProspect/Jupiter Research study). By the end of 2011, Twitter hit 100 million active users, connecting users in over 17 languages around the globe. At the same time, Facebook has over 800 million users--an amount well over twice that of the population of the United States. There's over a day's worth of YouTube content uploaded every single minute.
In June 2009, the IAB set social media guidelines. Visit the link below!
More historical perspective: A woman was arrested in Mumbai, India in November, 2012 for a Facebook post, along with a friend who simply “liked” her post. Shaheen Dhada expressed annoyance that India’s biggest city was entirely shut down for two days for the funeral of Hindu nationalist leader Bal Thackeray, a firebrand who railed against immigrants. Authorities have cracked down on posts that could incite violence since this summer, when rumors spread by social media sparked ethnic riots in Assam that killed dozens and sent tens of thousands fleeing. Dhada quickly deleted her post, but not before a mob of some 2,000 enraged Thackeray supporters attacked her uncle’s office.
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December, 2012 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s oppression of women entered the electronic age. When a Saudi woman leaves the country, her husband or other male guardian gets a text message from the Interior Ministry informing him, even if he has not registered for such alerts. The new monitoring was revealed last week by feminist activist Manal Al-Sharif, who is best known for filming herself driving a car in defiance of the kingdom’s ban on women behind the wheel. She said the guardianship system allows men complete control over women and enables widespread abuse. “Women should use this to make some noise,” said Al-Sharif. “Rock the boat, and say enough is enough.”
May 26, 2012hardware - Word of the Day JargonNINO - Acronym of the Day
Nothing In, Nothing Out -or- No Input, No Output
May 27, 2012LHO - Acronym of the Day
Laughing Head Offroad builders - Word of the Day Jargon
Office slang for the people in an organization who come along behind the arrow shooters and pave the way for profitable applications.
May 28, 2012aspect-oriented programming - Word of the Day Jargon
An idea that has been around for many years (and called many names), it is a technique that allows software writers to make the same kinds of shortcuts (called "crosscutting concerns") that are made in the real world. For instance, instead of having to write a rule like "when this happens, then do this" throughout many areas of the application, a programmer can write it in one place. Championed by Gregor Kiczales at Xerox PARC, the goal is to let programmers work more quickly and at a higher design level.FWD - Acronym of the Day
May 29, 2012time porn - Word of the Day Jargon
Popular entertainment in general. Traditionally this term referred to TV shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends, where people never seem to have anything to do except hang out. They tease viewers with the forbidden leisure time we all covet but can't have. Originally used in an article by Colin McEnroe in the Hartford Courant.
Time porn has since morphed to include online activities such as social networking, blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, and playing games, watching videos, online dating, and online porn. Now it's known as a "time suck" where it seems like "some people have way too much time on their hands."def - Acronym of the Day
May 30, 2012parallel port - Word of the Day Jargon
A computer interface outlet (or plug) used to connect an external device, such as a printer (a peripheral). Most personal computers have a parallel port and at least one serial port. On PCs, the parallel port uses a 25-pin connector (type DB-25) and provides relatively high bandwidth to printers, computers, and other devices.ZMG or ZOMG - Acronym of the Day
Oh My God
May 31, 2012IPX - Word of the Day Jargon
A networking protocol used for wireless communications. It is used with popular games like Doom2.BL - Acronym of the Day