September 01, 2012support vendor - Word of the Day Business
A fancy name for a company, organization, or person employed to work on an outsourced project.LMIRL - Acronym of the Day
Let's Meet In Real Life
September 02, 2012ATST - Acronym of the Day
At The Same Timebiometrics - Word of the Day Technical
The science of using biological property, such as fingerprints, to identify individuals. Popular in sci-fi movies, it refers to voice, fingerprint, skin, or retinal identification. It is increasingly used in the real world, for example, Erin's laptop has a biometric fingerprint password protection, as does one version of the iPhone released in 2013.
U.S. law enforcement also uses biometrics to identify criminals. Since it is no longer necessary to use ink, biometrics make it easy and affordable to "fingerprint" people. In fact, fingerprint and facial recognition technology is becoming an everyday occurence especially at the Department of Motor Vehicles, arrival gates at airports, in schools, and in corporate America (especially in the banking and securities industries). Facial recognition is even in some police patrol cars because it searches databases very quickly. Future uses may include e-commerce transaction signatures identified by biometric means.
Historical perspective: Remember January, 2001 when fans attending the Superbowl in Tampa were surprised to learn their faces had been captured by camera and then scanned against the database of suspected felons? That is an example of facial recognition biometrics.
September 03, 2012surf or surfing - Word of the Day JargonTLA - Acronym of the Day
Three Letter Acronym
September 04, 2012clickable graphic - Word of the Day Jargon
An image or graphic that has been coded to contain interactive areas. When it's clicked on, it launches another Web page or program. There's a subtle distinction between an imagemap and a clickable graphic. An imagemap usually has many different hyperlinked areas, known as links. For example, an imagemap of a country could be coded so that when a user clicks on a city or region, the browser is routed to a document or Web page about that place. A clickable graphic, on the other hand usually contains just one link.LMBAO - Acronym of the Day
Laughing My Black Ass Off
September 05, 2012ILA - Acronym of the Day
I Love Acronymsreceipt porn - Word of the Day Jargon
A new online genre that refers to blog posts of rich kids in various states of excess, including undress, indulgence, and photos of 100,000-euro meal receipts from St. Tropez for example.
"The Rich Kids of Instagram" is a blog on Tumblr that debuted in August, 2012 and has touched off a firestorm of debate over rich kids and social media. One shot shows three teens swimming at a lake - and pouring Dom Perignon into one other's mouths. Another shows a guy sticking a giant foam finger out of his Ferrari, while in another kids slide down a giant inflatable slide attached to the side of their mega-yacht.
September 06, 2012granular or granularity - Word of the Day Jargon
In business terms, this describes the fine details, after you drill down to get to the nitty gritty.
For example, "The price of opt-in lists is going up, but apparently there's good reason for it, due to the high degree of granularity available in these lists." In surfer-speak, it means awesome, as in "Totally tubular, dude."PIAPS - Acronym of the Day
Pig In A Pant Suit
September 07, 2012YNK - Acronym of the Day
You Never Knowmetoobies - Word of the Day Jargon
Participants in online conferences and chats who seem incapable of posting anything other than "Me too!", "Ditto", "What she said", et cetera.
September 08, 2012IYDMMA - Acronym of the Day
If You Don't Mind My Askingultra-wideband - Word of the Day Jargon
UWB uses a huge swath of radio frequencies to transmit minute pulses of information allowing the signal to go through objects. The applications include radar imaging of buried objects (popular with the Pentagon).
September 09, 2012my - Word of the Day JargonTWIT - Acronym of the Day
That's What I Thought
September 10, 2012DHCP - Word of the Day Jargon
A protocol that provides a means to allocate IP address dynamically to computers on a LAN. It eliminates the need to assign permanent IP addresses manually. DHCP software runs on servers and can be found in network devices (such as routers) that allow multiple users to access the Internet. Microsoft introduced DHCP on their Windows NT server in 1994. Newer DHCP servers will dynamically update DNS servers after assigning the addresses.CX - Acronym of the Day
September 11, 2012directory - Word of the Day Jargon
Best thought of as the "table of contents" of a computer disk, hard drive, or server. A directory, sometimes called a folder, often lists the following information about its contents: file name, file size, creation date and time, file type, and author name. It can also refer to a search directory.SLOM - Acronym of the Day
Sticking Leeches On Myself
September 12, 2012administrivia - 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.NIMJD - Acronym of the Day
Not In My Job Description
September 13, 2012remote - Word of the Day Jargon
A computer that is operated or controlled from a distance.BAG - Acronym of the Day
Busting A Gut -or- Big Ass Grin
September 14, 2012heavy lifting - Word of the Day Jargon
Refers to the hard work that was performed. "Our vendor did the 'heavy lifting', we just supervised the project from beginning to end."pw - Acronym of the Day
September 15, 2012MSG - Acronym of the Day
Messagebit flip - Word of the Day Jargon
A 180-degree personality change. "Jim did a major bit flip and became a born-again Christian."
September 16, 2012hotlink - Word of the Day Jargon
Text or graphics that contain a link to another location. When a user clicks on the "hotlink", they are then taken to the other location of content found either on the same, or different server.IKALOPLT - Acronym of the Day
I Know A Lot Of People Like That
September 17, 2012Ajax - Word of the Day Jargon
My True Love Always
September 18, 2012customer acquisition cost - Word of the Day Jargon
A marketing term to describe the cost (or expense) associated with acquiring a new customer or user.RTS - Acronym of the Day
Read The Screen
September 19, 2012terminal server - Word of the Day Jargon
A special-purpose computer that on one side has slots to plug in many modems and on the other side has a connection to a LAN or host machine. Thus, the terminal server does the work of answering the calls and passes the connections on to the appropriate node. Most terminal servers can provide PPP or SLIP services if connected to the Internet.NOS - Acronym of the Day
New Old Stock -or- Not Outside Sales
September 20, 2012DMCA - Word of the Day Jargon
The basis for the Motion Picture Association of America's suit against 2,600 enterprises and others that posted computer code for circumventing DVD encryption and allowing PCs to play DVD movies. DMCA gives intellectual property holders the right to take away the fair use and related rights of the public to protect a commercial DRM scheme, and it interferes with the legitimate operation of peer-to-peer file sharing systems. It is considered by some to be unconstitutional.GRAS - Acronym of the Day
Generally Recognized As Safe
September 21, 2012evernet - 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.EAK - Acronym of the Day
Eating at Keyboard
September 22, 2012KYPO - Acronym of the Day
Keep Your Pants Onthumb drive - Word of the Day Jargon
A small, portable memory storage device about the size of a thumb, it has replaced floppy disks, ZIP Disks and CD-ROMs. Thumb drives (also known as flash drives, jump drives, and travel drives) fit into any USB port on a computer and are often seen hanging on key chains or lanyards around the necks of computer users everywhere.
A thumb drive is re-writeable and unlike RAM, it holds its memory without a power supply. They will also "hot swap," which means a user can plug the drive into a computer and will not have to restart it to access the thumb drive.
Thumb drives are considered very stable memory storage devices. IBM came out with thumb drives in 1998, as a solution for replacing the less stable floppy disks but a Singapore firm has since won the patent. Note: they are not compatible with Windows 98 and earlier operating systems and they also pose security threats since they are easily concealed. For instance, users could copy proprietary information to them, or upload hacking software from them, all undetected by the sysadmin.
The thumb drive is available in storage sizes of up to 8 gigabytes. They range in price from about US$15 to $200 or so for a large-capacity drive. Most thumb drives have millions of re-write cycles and will store data for ten years before they need replacing.
September 23, 2012nut cluster - Word of the Day Jargon
Happens on college campuses when a group of obsessive MUD (Multi-User Dimension) players takes over an entire computer cluster, or a row of terminals, to hold an all-night MUD session.MIRL - Acronym of the Day
Meet In Real Life
September 24, 2012Sand Hill Road - Word of the Day Jargon
A west coast version of Wall Street. It is the long road between Highways 101 and 280 in Silicon Valley that is home to a high percentage of VC firms, Internet startups, research centers, as well as Stanford University.T@YL - Acronym of the Day
Talk At You Later
September 25, 2012dot address - Word of the Day Jargon
The common notation for IP addresses (for example, 184.108.40.206). In the form A.B.C.D, each letter represents, in decimal, one byte of a four-byte IP address.G4N - Acronym of the Day
Good For Nothing
September 26, 2012BBIAF - Acronym of the Day
Be Back In A Fewzone - Word of the Day Jargon
A technical term that describes the portion of the total domain name space that is represented by the data stored on a particular name server. The name server has authority over the zone (or the particular portion of the domain name space) described by that data. A "zone file" is a file that contains data that describes a portion of the domain name space. Zone files contain the information needed to resolve domain names to Internet Protocol (IP) numbers.
September 27, 2012digital dirt - Word of the Day Jargon
Unflattering information or opinions that you may have written on blogs or in chat rooms that could come back to haunt you, for example in a job interview. "Digital dirt" also refers to unflattering information that someone else has correctly or incorrectly written about you that can be found on the Internet, usually on social networking sites.SUFID - Acronym of the Day
Screwing Up Face In Disgust
September 28, 2012HB - Acronym of the Day
Hurry BackDES - Word of the Day Jargon
A standard for encrypting data, developed at IBM in 1976. It is a 56-bit private key algorithm that uses the block cipher method. (A block cipher sends encrypted data to break the text into 64-bit blocks before transmitting it.)
September 29, 2012online jargon - Word of the Day Jargon
Be sure to check out the list of funny new online jargon in the twitterverse!
The word "jargon" refers to terminology that is associated with a specific profession, group, or activity and most often covers the language used by people who have a common interest. Like slang, it can develop as a kind of shorthand, to express ideas that are frequently discussed between members of a group, though it can also be developed deliberately using chosen terms.
Here's an example: "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-@ kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc." It is translated like this: "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend, and their three screaming kids face to face. I love New York. It's a great place."
NetLingo is a dictionary of online jargon ;-) For the largest list of Internet acronyms and text message jargon, click on "more info" below!LDR - Acronym of the Day
Long Distance Relationship
September 30, 2012@TEOTD - Acronym of the Day
At The End Of The Dayfloodgaters - Word of the Day Jargon
Individuals who send inquiring e-mail messages and, after receiving only a slightly favorable response, begin flooding you with multiple messages of little or no interest.