July 01, 2013DILLIGAD - Acronym of the Day
Do I Look Like I Give A DamnWeb server - Word of the Day Jargon
July 02, 2013NM - Acronym of the Day
Never Mind -or- Nothing Much -or Not Much -or- Nice MoveVSP - Word of the Day Jargon
An acronym, it is corporate slang for a buyout. This kind of program offers "Voluntary Separation Packages" (meaning financial incentives) to encourage employees (hopefully older and higher-paid ones) to leave a company so it can reduce its work force and lower expenses.
July 03, 2013BBIAW - Acronym of the Day
Be Back In A Whilecopyleft - Word of the Day Jargon
A play on the word "copyright" this is the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and versions of a work and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified versions. In the online world, it is a form of licensing and may be used to modify copyrights for works such as computer software, documents, music, and art. The main effect is that through a "copyleft" licensing scheme, an author gives every person who receives a copy of a work permission to reproduce, adapt, or distribute the work as long as any resulting copies or adaptations are also bound by the same copyleft licensing scheme. Similar licenses are available through Creative Commons (called Share-alike); see the GNU definition for GPL, a widely used and originating copyleft license.
The copyleft symbol above is the "reversed c in a full circle" and is the copyright symbol turned in the left direction. (Unlike the copyright symbol it has no legal meaning.)
July 04, 2013profile - Word of the Day Jargon
Information about a user. A "profile" may contain details such as the users' name, hometown, interests, pictures, etc. Profiles are commonly used on social networking Web sites to help people get to know each other.
Here are 5 Ways to Optimize Your Social Media Profiles1. Use your real name.
If you list your name on your Facebook profile as "Buzzy Bob" or some other silly moniker, who is going to take you seriously? You must use your real first and last names on your networks according to Miriam Slozberg, author of this listicle!2. Upload a clean picture of yourself to use as your avatar.
If you want to attract people to your networks, it is not only recommended but essential to use a clean photograph of yourself as your profile picture. Do not use a cartoon or a picture of a dog, a sunset, or even your kids as your main photo. A lot of people feel self-conscious seeing themselves in their profile photos because they may believe they are too fat or too thin, that their faces are asymmetrical or warty or whatever. However, if people see you are authentic and want to build relationships, they will not notice such details. They want to see and know you.3. Fill out the "About Me" section.
I cannot stress this enough. Putting your real name and adding your own picture as a profile photo is not sufficient to make your profile stand out. You must fill in your "about me" section. Talk about your background, your experiences, your family life, your interests, your likes and even dislikes. Don't feel you have to get too personal if you are not comfortable with that, just be descriptive and authentic. Remember, those who want to network with you want to know you!4. Add your educational background and profession.
You must also add your educational background and current profession in your profile description. Even if you are not working, no one will care. Friends and subscribers want to know what you do and what kind of schooling you had. And if you are looking for work, definitely add that to your professional area of your profile. Someone out there may have the best opportunity for you.5. Fill out your contact information.
At a minimum, to indicate an interest in connecting with others, add an active email address, your website(s), and links to your other social networks. It is not essential to add a phone number to your profile, especially if you're uncomfortable doing so. However, if you are serious about growing your networks, it is a good idea. Adding your phone number doesn't necessarily mean anyone will call you. What it does is indicate that you are truly interested in networking.W8 - Acronym of the Day
July 05, 2013LORE - Acronym of the Day
Learn Once, Repeat Everywhereunfriend - Word of the Day Jargon
How do you unfriend someone on Facebook? Here's how: Click to 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." Please note: It's considered a serious breach of a friendship to unfriend someone, and if you decide you want to be friends with this person again, you will have to send a new friend request.
July 06, 2013frame - 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."IMCO - Acronym of the Day
In My Considered Opinion
July 07, 2013back button - Word of the Day Jargon
One of the buttons at the top of a Web browser. By clicking on it, you "go back" to the previous Web page. Sometimes, this feature does not work in frames, but besides that, it's one of the greatest inventions since e-mail.YF - Acronym of the Day
July 08, 2013BBL - Acronym of the Day
Be Back Laterinduhvidual - Word of the Day Jargon
A term coined in 1995 by a Scott Adams' devotee in response to a naming contest to describe anyone who doesn't keep up with Dogbert in the Dilbert comic series, it refers to a person who is less intelligent and less astonishingly attractive than yourself.
July 09, 2013context sensitive menu - Word of the Day JargonIAGTKOM - Acronym of the Day
I Ain't Got That Kind Of Money
July 10, 2013hook and book - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for the practice of hurriedly installing a customer's cable system and then leaving before testing the connection.KKK - Acronym of the Day
it means "over" as in, waiting for your reply
July 11, 2013das blinkenlights - Word of the Day Jargon
An old phrase used to refer to the myriad of blinking lights on old mainframes, it is still popular because Hollywood often uses the term in sci-fi thrillers.
The historical perspective on this phrase is that it comes from a humorous sign commonly seen in mainframe computer rooms:
Alle touristen und non-technischen lookenpeepers! Das machine is nicht fur fingerpoken und mittengrabben. Is easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzen sparken. Das machine is diggen by experten only. Is nicht fur gerwerken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottenpicken hands in das pockets. Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights."IJWTS - Acronym of the Day
I Just Want To Say
July 12, 2013article - Word of the Day JargonPWAS - Acronym of the Day
Prayer Wheels Are Spinning
July 13, 2013site hopping - Word of the Day JargonFEAR - Acronym of the Day
Forget Everything And Run -or- Face Everything And Recover
July 14, 2013external 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."KYFC - Acronym of the Day
Keep Your Fingers Crossed
July 15, 2013begathon - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a TV, radio, or online fund-raiser for a charity, religious organization, or PBS station that employs every known form of guilt, sweet-talking, and outright begging to get people to donate money.747 - Acronym of the Day
July 16, 2013TMTOWTDI - Acronym of the Day
There's More Than One Way To Do Itruntime program - Word of the Day Jargon
A limited version of a commercial application. It enables developers to run a development application program that's written for that application. The software company that owns the application may require a licensing fee or may allow developers to freely distribute runtime versions with the development application.
July 17, 2013walled garden - Word of the Day Jargon
A favorite term by those in the industry, a "walled garden" refers to certain Web sites or OSPs (Online Service Providers) that give their members easy access to their own content (and their partners' content) but no access to the content of their competition. This is in contrast to most other Web sites or ISPs (Internet Service Providers) that give users open access to all Internet sites and content.
The most famous early example of a walled garden is AOL. More recently some social networking sites such as Facebook, are also considered walled gardens due to the fact that the information and photos you post on Facebook are only accessible by other members of Facebook.
Here is an example of its usage, as quoted from the blog of Scott Heiferman (Founder of meetup.com). He says "While at Sony in 1994, I was sent to Virginia to learn how to build a Sony app on AOL using AOL's proprietary rainman platform. Fast forward to Facebook in 2007 and you see similarities: If you want access to their big base of users, you need to develop something in their proprietary language for the people who live in their walled garden."d/c - Acronym of the Day
July 18, 2013mainframe - Word of the Day Jargon
A very large and expensive computer capable of supporting hundreds, or even thousands, of computer users simultaneously. In the hierarchy of computing power, with simple microprocessors at the bottom (the kind found in watches, for example) and supercomputers at the top, mainframes are just below supercomputers. Supercomputers can execute a single program faster than a mainframe, but in a sense, mainframes are more powerful since they can support more simultaneous programs. The distinction between "small mainframes" and minicomputers is vague, mostly depending on how the manufacturer is marketing its machines. Unisys and IBM are the largest manufacturers of mainframes.NIMQ - Acronym of the Day
Not In My Queue
July 19, 2013carve out - Word of the Day Jargon
A business term for a dot-com spin-off from a larger, usually brick-and-mortar, company. its purpose is to gain market share. The term is derived from the phrase "carving out a particular niche." The spin-off will look and feel like a separate company (and may offer different products or services), but it will leverage the marketing and distribution muscle of the parent company (for example, the creation of Barnesandnoble.com as a separate company from Barnes & Noble). VCs may do this to try and save a new economy investment, but all they're really doing is developing an online component of an already successful offline business.OSIF - Acronym of the Day
Oh Sh** I Forgot
July 20, 2013singing daisy - Word of the Day Jargon
The final action of a computer-especially a mainframe-before it is shut down or "brought down" for good. The term comes from the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when HAL sings the song "Daisy" as it is being shut down.
This phrase has morphed and also refers to the end of an event, or project, or an era, such as "It's time to sing daisy and get ready for a Happy New Year!"CBM - Acronym of the Day
Covered By Medicare
July 21, 2013CFV - Acronym of the Day
Call For Votestalker site - Word of the Day Jargon
A Web site created by an obviously obsessed fan. "Have you seen that Gillian Anderson stalker site? The guy's got like 300 pictures of her!"
July 22, 2013embedded hyperlink - Word of the Day Jargon
The name for a hyperlink incorporated into a line of text.RAT - Acronym of the Day
Remotely Activated Trojan -or- Remote Access Tool
July 23, 2013aggregation or aggregate - Word of the Day Jargon
The service of pulling together specific kinds of information on behalf of a business or consumer. For example, an online financial services aggregator enables a user to see all of his or her financial balances and activities (including loans, investments, banking, and insurance) on one Web site-even though the accounts may be held in many firms.
The B2B sector typically aggregates buyers and sellers, and the more effective a company is at aggregation, the more likely the hub will reach critical mass. This term can also refer to an online auction business model, in which a Web site aggregates (or gathers) the buying power of as many consumers and businesses as possible, to achieve the best prices. For example, the more bidders there are, the higher the volume and, therefore, the lower the price of an item.EMI - Acronym of the Day
Excuse My Ignorance
July 24, 2013CBB - Acronym of the Day
Can't Be Botheredfloater - Word of the Day Jargon
July 25, 2013jack in - Word of the Day Jargon
To get online or to plug in.DUST - Acronym of the Day
Did You See That?
July 26, 2013worm - Word of the Day Jargon
Known primarily as a virus, it is a computer program that can replicate itself. First postulated by computer science researcher Fred Cohen in the 1970's, computer viruses are small programs that propagate by attaching copies of themselves to other programs. The most famous examples include the 1987 "Internet worm," which shut down hundreds of computers nationwide, and the July 2001 "Code Red worm." The word "worm" is sometimes erroneously used for a search engine program that locates and indexes information on the Web (that's a spider).
Here's an example of its usage in the news: On March 5, 2009 Brian Krebs reported on his Computer Security blog in the Washington Post that security experts are warning users of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking communities to be on guard against a new strain of the "Koobface" worm, which spreads by tricking users into responding to a message apparently sent from one of their friends. The latest version of Koobface arrives as an invitation from a user's friend or contact, inviting the recipient to click on a link and view a video at a counterfeit YouTube site. Visitors are told they need need to install an Adobe Flash plug-in to view the video. The bogus plug-in instead installs a Trojan horse program that gives Koobface authors control over the infected user's computer, according to security firm Trend Micro, which documented the new strain on its blog.
In addition, the worm also hijacks the victim's social networking account, by sending out additional invites in order to spread the worm to the victim's friends and contacts. The worm currently is spreading across multiple networks, including hi5.com, friendster.com, myyearbook.com, bebo.com and livejournal.com. It's important to note that practicing basic online street smarts can save you from falling for these types of attacks, regardless of the medium. As always, be extremely cautious about clicking on links in unsolicited messages, even if they appear to have been sent by a friend or acquaintance. Also, don't install applications or programs if you didn't go looking for them. Before you install anything, take a few minutes to research the program and its vendor first. If you decide to install the application, make sure to download it directly from the vendor's Web site, if possible.ABITHIWTITB - Acronym of the Day
A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
July 27, 2013guestbook - Word of the Day Jargon1337 - Acronym of the Day
Elite -or- leet -or- L337
July 28, 2013PCMCIA - Acronym of the Day
People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronymsjump page - Word of the Day Jargon
A Web page that appears to users that have clicked on a link in an online ad. The purpose of this "jump page" or splash page is to capture the user's attention in order to promote special offers or to measure the response to an online ad.
July 29, 2013jitterati - Word of the Day Jargon
A play on the term digiterati, this is what the digital generation becomes after drinking too much coffee.YTTM - Acronym of the Day
You Talk Too Much
July 30, 2013muchomedia - Word of the Day Jargon
A variation on multimedia.KIPPERS - Acronym of the Day
Kids In Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings
July 31, 2013dog-and-pony show - Word of the Day JargonION - Acronym of the Day
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