June 01, 2013hypermedia - Word of the Day Jargonshhh - Acronym of the Day
June 02, 2013online survey - Word of the Day JargonWTHIN - Acronym of the Day
What The Hell Is Next
June 03, 2013sheeple - Word of the Day Jargon
An online marketing term used to describe people who act in direct reaction to saturation advertising, meaning they are the ones who immediately buy the fad products or trendy clothes to go along with the crowd. It is a nickname given to those whose purchasing habits make up demographics of 80 percent or greater.RRR - Acronym of the Day
haR haR haR (instead of LOL)
June 04, 2013OCR - Word of the Day Jargon
The branch of computer science devoted to translating printed text and images into a form that a computer can manipulate (into ASCII codes, for example). An OCR system enables you to scan a book or magazine article directly into a computer file, where you can edit it using a word processor.
OCR systems include an optical scanner for reading text and sophisticated software for analyzing images. Most OCR systems use a combination of hardware (specialized circuit boards) and software to recognize characters, although some inexpensive systems do it entirely through software. Advanced OCR systems can read text in large variety of fonts, but they still have difficulty with handwritten text.
The potential of OCR systems is enormous because they enable users to access printed documents by harnessing the power of computers. OCR is already being used widely in the legal profession, where searches that once required hours or days can now be accomplished in a few minutes.LHU - Acronym of the Day
Let's Hook Up
June 05, 2013dot-commers - Word of the Day JargonDORD - Acronym of the Day
Department Of Redundancy Department
June 06, 2013multitiered application - Word of the Day Jargon
An application in which one part runs on one server and another part runs on another server.YAOTM - Acronym of the Day
Yet Another Off Topic Message
June 07, 2013spintronics - Word of the Day Jargon
A technology that exploits the magnetic properties in layers of materials only a few atoms thick, taking advantage of an electron's spin as well as its charge. Technically, spintronics involves quantum effects of electrons. This technology may enable you to turn your computer on and have it immediately booted up and ready to go (employing "instant-on" memory). See the MRAM explanation under the RAM definition.4eva - Acronym of the Day
June 08, 2013RSN - Acronym of the Day
Real Soon Nowsockpuppet - Word of the Day Jargon
An online identity used for the purposes of deception, like lonelygirl15.
According to the definition submitted by a Wikipedia editor, "the term—a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock—originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, himself while pretending to be another person.
The term morphed to include other misleading uses of online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a third party or organization, or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the puppeteer. Many online communities have a policy of blocking sockpuppets.
June 09, 2013SOL - Acronym of the Day
Sh** Out of Luckbuddies - Word of the Day Jargon
A list of friends (in the form of screen names) a user interacts with online through various media such as instant messaging, texting, online chat, email, blogs, newsgroups, social networking, or online games.
June 10, 2013digital camera - Word of the Day Jargon
A portable camera that records images in a machine-readable format. These cameras eliminate the expensive and time-consuming methods normally involved in creating computer-readable images, including film processing and image scanning.MMHA2U - Acronym of the Day
My Most Humble Apologies To You
June 11, 2013touchpoints - Word of the Day Jargon
A business term for each point at which a company and its products or services come into contact with the customer.AYK - Acronym of the Day
As You Know
June 12, 2013cipher - Word of the Day Jargon
A procedure that transforms data between plaintext and ciphertext; a crypto algorithm. Basically a "cipher" is any method of encrypting text to conceal its readability and meaning. Its origin is the Arabic "sifr," meaning empty or zero.
The term cipher is sometimes used as a synonym for ciphertext (which means "encrypted text"), but it actually describes the method of encryption rather than the result. "Plain text" is what you have before encryption, and "ciphertext" is the encrypted result.
In addition to its cryptographic meaning, "cipher" is a term also used for someone insignificant, or a stylized combination of letters, as in an elaborate monogram.TXT MSG - Acronym of the Day
June 13, 2013TY - Acronym of the Day
Thank Youcryppie - Word of the Day Jargon
A nickname for a hacker who penetrates cryptographic software.
June 14, 2013leetspeak - Word of the Day Jargon
Leetspeak, or "leet" for short, is a type of online jargon in which a computer user replaces regular letters with other keyboard characters to form words phonetically. Though it was originally used by hackers and gamers ("leet" is a vernacular form of "elite"), leet is used in the Internet mainstream in a variety of ways.
Leet words can be expressed in hundreds of ways, using different substitutions and combinations. Nearly all characters are formed as phonemes and symbols, while some are just based on what each number matches to on a cell phone keypad. With a bit of practice leet isn't too difficult to translate. Here are a few key points for interpreting leetspeek:
- Numbers and symbols often replace the letters they resemble, so for example, the term "leetspeak" could be written as "!337$p34k". The character "!" replaces the letter L, "3" poses as a backwards letter E, and "7" is the letter T, etc. Other examples of character/letter replacement include using "8" for the letter B, "9" for G, and the number 0 for the letter O.
- Letters can be substituted for other letters that might sound alike. For example, the letter Z can replace the final letter S in the word "skillz". With the letter X replacing the letter C or K, the example becomes "sxillz". Then using numbers and symbols, leetspeakers might refer to their computer skills as "5x1llz".
- Rules of standard English style are rarely obeyed. Some leetspeakers capitalize every letter except for vowels (LiKe THiS), or drop vowels from words (such as converting "very" to "vry"). Leetspeakers also often reject conventional writing style and grammar.
- Mistakes are often left uncorrected. Common typing errors such as "teh" instead of "the" are left uncorrected or sometimes deliberately adopted to replace the correct spelling.
- Non-alphanumeric characters may be combined to form letters. For example, leetspeakers use backward and forward slashes to create this shape "//" to stand for the letter M. Two pipe symbols combined with a hyphen ("|-|") can be used in place of the letter H. For example, by adding a character/letter replacement of the number 4 for the letter A, the leetspeaker might form the word "harm" as "|-|4r//."
- The suffix "0rz" is often appended to words for emphasis or to make them plural. For example, "h4xx0rz" or "sk1llz0rz," are plural or emphasized versions (or both) of hacks or skills.
The culture of leetspeak encourages new forms and users award each other's individual creativity. The result is a dynamic written language that eludes conformity or consistency. Fortunately, there are a few standard leetspeak terms (although variations occur); here are some key words that are consistently used and haven't changed fundamentally since the invention of leetspeak:
- d00d: Replaces "dude" and its variety of uses.
- joo and u: Used instead of "you." Also written as "j00" or "_|00."
- kewl: A derivation of "cool."
- m4d sk1llz or mad skills: Refers to one's own talent. "m4d" itself is often used for emphasis.
- n00b, noob, newbie, or newb: Combinations synonymous with new user. Some leetspeakers view "n00b" as an insult and "newbie" as an affectionate term for new users.
- ph: Often transposed with "f." For example, leetspeakers might use the spelling "phear" for "fear" ("ph34r my l33t skillz") or spell "phonetic" as "f0||371(." Illegal Internet activities, such as phishing and pharming, are often named using this convention.
- pr0n: An anagram of "porn," short for pornography.
- pwn: A typo-deliberate version of "own," a slang term often used to express superiority over others, for example, "//3 pw||3d _|00" (we own you).
- roxx0rs: Used in place of "rocks," typically to describe something impressive.
- sploitz (short for "exploits"): Vulnerabilities in computer software used by hackers.
- warez or w4r3z: Illegally copied software available for download.
- w00t: A celebratory cheer similar to "yay" or "woo-hoo!"
One of the hallmarks of leet is its unique approach to orthography, using substitutions of other characters, letters or otherwise, to represent a letter or letters in a word. For a comprehensive Orthography Guide as to which symbols correspond with English language letters, visit the "Wikipedia" link below ;-)
For the largest list of Internet acronyms and text message jargon, click on "more info" below!RUNTS - Acronym of the Day
Are You Nuts?
June 15, 2013thumb-typing - Word of the Day Jargon
To type with your thumbs. It is what more and more of us will do once we communicate via handheld devices (in fact, manufacturers are actually designing small keyboards for optimal thumb-typing).SMH - Acronym of the Day
Shaking My Head
June 16, 2013bloatware - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a software version that has so many extra features, it takes up a large amount of space on your hard drive and slows down your computer system for no valuable reason. Sarcastic users will refer to the third release of a company's flagship product as bloatware.YIC - Acronym of the Day
Yours In Christ
June 17, 2013alphanumeric - Word of the Day Jargon
A set of characters that contains both letters (alpha) and numbers (numeric). Often used in cryptic passwords, alphanumeric codes can also consist of punctuation and symbols found on a standard keyboard. For example, "Ax23!*jP5" represents an alphanumeric cryptic password.RCI - Acronym of the Day
Rectal Cranial Inversion
June 18, 2013cord - Word of the Day Jargon
Short for telephone cord or telephone wire.MUAH or MWAH - Acronym of the Day
The sound of a kiss
June 19, 2013channel conflict - Word of the Day Jargon
Refers to the situation in which a producer or manufacturer bypasses its normal distribution channel (which may include resellers, distributors, agents, and retailers) to sell directly to consumers, often on the Web.RUUP4IT - Acronym of the Day
Are You Up For It?
June 20, 2013FITB - Acronym of the Day
Fill In The BlanksPicasso porn - Word of the Day Jargon
The semi-scrambled transmissions from adult cable channels that can sometimes be seen (and heard) by nonsubscribers.
June 21, 2013demand-side management - Word of the Day Jargon
A form of conservation presented by electric companies by offering incentives to organizations that observe "demand-side management". Companies that can adjust their power usage from peak times to off-peak times become more efficient.SPOC - Acronym of the Day
Single Point Of Contact
June 22, 2013handheld - Word of the Day Jargon
Any one of several electronic devices that essentially fit in your hand and are mobile. These include a palmtop, a pager, a cell phone, a PDA, a handy, and even a Walkman or a calculator. "Handheld" is the most recent name for PDAs, which are converging with cell phone technology to become all-around communication devices.W/ - Acronym of the Day
June 23, 2013ICYC - Acronym of the Day
In Case You're Curious -or- In Case You Careimmersive experience - Word of the Day Jargon
This refers to a Web site that "immerses" users in an "experience" by taking them on a journey using a non-linear 3D navigation.
Click on the links below to view two examples!
June 24, 2013Dutch auction - Word of the Day Jargon
In this type of online auction, a seller offers multiple copies of the same item, and the winning bidders pay the amount of the lowest winning bid. Therefore, if the top three bids on an item are $25, $15, and $10, the three winning bidders pay $10.INUCOSM - Acronym of the Day
It's No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk
June 25, 2013author - Word of the Day Jargon
Used as a verb, the term "author" means to create or publish a script, program, or document. Generally, this is done with an authoring or scripting language, such as C, C++, HTML, or Java. Whatever programming language you choose, a wide variety of authoring tools are available for download or purchase to assist you.Ne2H - Acronym of the Day
Need To Have
June 26, 2013cookies - Word of the Day Jargon
A funny name for a noun that describes a small piece of information about you (about your computer, actually). It is a small file that a Web server automatically sends to your PC when you browse certain Web sites. Cookies are stored as text files on your hard drive so servers can access them when you return to Web sites you've visited before.
Cookies contain information that identifies each user, for example: login or username, passwords, shopping cart information, preferences, and so on. When a user revisits a Web site, his or her computer automatically "serves up" the cookie, which establishes the user's identity, thus eliminating the need for the customer to reenter the information. The server needs to know this information in order for the Web site to work correctly, and the information is nothing more than a string of letters and numbers.
Cookies are commonly "handed out" when you, as a user, login to a Web site where you've registered a username and password. The server finds the cookie information on your computer, checks with its own information, and if they match, retrieves your file. You then have either a personalized version of a portal, or easy access to your online shopping account, for example.
Former Netscape programmer Lou Montulli is credited with inventing the cookie, and it is one of those useful technologies that make the Internet and e-commerce so exciting. For example, when you purchase airline tickets online, cookies ensure that you do not have to reenter multiple frequent flyer numbers each time you revisit a particular service provider (see: sticky content).
The term has morphed into a verb: "Don't worry about the backend tracking yet, we first have to cookie them." In the Internet industry, cookies are used by advertisers to track your browsing and buying habits. In this realm, cookie technology enables advertisers to target ad banners based on what you've said your interests are. Cookies allow Amazon.com, for example, to tailor its appearance to suit a user's established preferences. It's a double-edged sword for many people, because on the one hand, it's efficient and pertinent in that you only see ads about what you're interested in. On the other hand, it involves actually "tracking" and "following" where you go and what you click on (see: clickstreams).
There is an ongoing debate about privacy, and many people feel offended by the notion that they are viewed as "SKU numbers" (or bar codes). While this viewpoint may seem extreme, in some cases, it is justified. We are in favor of cookies and the ease this technology brings, but like all good things (real cookies included ;-), they should be used in moderation. This means that you, as the user, should find the Web portals and online services that suit your needs and only sign up with a select few.
Cookie technology also makes shopping cart technology possible. For example, when you select items that you intend to purchase in an online shop or catalog, cookies make it possible for you to continue shopping and to "check-out" later. When you go to the order form, the items you selected miraculously appear. If you've shopped there before, chances are you will not need to reenter your credit card or shipping address. This may sound a little scary at first, but as many people assert, it's no more dangerous than leaving your credit card with a bartender to run an open tab.
As a responsible netizen, you need to know a few things, and one of them is how to delete your cookies when you don't think you'll use a particular Web site any longer. Another thing to realize is that even if you delete a cookie, the server still stores your information. So don't start signing up on every online form you come across (who knows what'll happen with all that information someday).
Seal The Deal, Save The Date, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Stuff To Do
June 27, 2013XQZT - Acronym of the Day
Exquisiteindigenous content - Word of the Day Jargon
June 28, 2013waldo - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a demo that is given with great showmanship for a product with little innovation or creativity.ABT2 - Acronym of the Day
June 29, 2013worder - Word of the Day Jargon
Slang for a person who uses a puter solely for writing, considering it a glorified typewriter.WTH - Acronym of the Day
What The Heck
June 30, 2013YR - Acronym of the Day
Yeah Rightcarbon footprint - Word of the Day Jargon
A phrase to describe the effect one's daily activities, such as washing clothes or driving to work, have on the environment. Specifically it is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.
Click on the link below to calculate your primary carbon footprint, based on your household fuel bills and your annual travel!
Here's a real world example: As of April 2008, FIJI Water has taken positive steps to reduce their carbon footprint and are now the first carbon negative beverage brand on the market. Now, FIJI Water is committed to:
- Reducing their carbon footprint by at least 25% over the next three years
- Offsetting their carbon footprint by 120% to make FIJI Water carbon negative
What did they do? They measured their carbon footprint by taking a close look at everything required to get the product to the consumers from raw materials production through final consumption including bottling, transportation and distribution.